I am wondering what features you would like to see on a site for your personal growth and self-realization? I believe many books on personal growth, even the good ones, often fail because they leave the readers to their own devices, and the key to make this work would be to have a real support community in place. I'd like to hear from you about what you would like to see on Seinquest to make this work.
You mentioned the problem of who to invite. I think family and friends are not really necessary because it is just a continuation of what support systems people already have. What you do need is people of like mind or like problems. I know from the MS support groups people introduce themselves and talk generally about their situation. You can write to a member and have them as a webpal. Through the website so you don't need to give your real e-mail address or real name. You can find people with similar symptoms of MS or people who's lives are like your or interesting to you for whatever reason. You write to them and they decide to be friends or not. If people are talking to their families and friends they will only be hearing what they always hear and may never step out of the box. And it is so much easier to talk to people who really understand your situation.
Thank you for the feedback. I have been thinking about opening up commenting on the blogs so that it can be done without registering. I think the forums should remain only for registered users because you can create new threads.
One thing I have been actively working on is some new software for this site that deals with doing interactive exercises online.
I want to put up many of the exercises from 'Essence' and the user can then store their answers on the site and have their group of advisers (and only those) see them and comment on them. Advisers are a subset of friends.
This combines a therapeutic aspect (doing the exercises) with a social aspect that lends support and feedback. It moves everything from purely 'self-help,' which often fails, into almost group-therapy -- but it depends on how good a group of advisers you pick.
The software is roughly 80% ready. It's been pretty involved, just as I expected.
Looking forward to more comments.