Many people are often amazed that there are internet forums dedicated to wet shaving. Why on earth would someone want to join this kind of forum? The reasons are countless.
First of all, I would like to make the distinction between a dedicated internet forum such as The Shave Nook or Badger and Blade and groups (like you would find on Facebook or Reddit). The main difference is searchability. Shaving forums have sections divided by topic and, the topics are easily searched. For instance, if you are interested in people's opinions of a particular shaving soap, brush or razor, all you have to do is enter the topic in the search bar and relevant threads will pop up. With groups, threads quickly get buried and you cannot easily search a specific topic.
Shaving forums are great for new wet shavers and experienced wet shavers alike. They are a full of enthusiastic members who are happy to help those new to wet shaving by sharing tips on products and technique while also sharing experiences with certain ingredients. Why do you get a rash when you use a particular soap? Perhaps you have a lanolin sensitivity or are allergic to almond or rose or perhaps your technique is poor. There is a lot to learn and this dedicated community will speed up the learning curve while simultaneously exposing you to products that you had no idea existed.
A secondary benefit to shaving forums is that they have a section where you can buy and sell used (usually barely used) products. This takes the risk out of buying a new razor, shaving brush or soap. If it does not work well for you, you can list it on the Buy/Sell/Trade section and recoup most of your investment. This then makes it possible to experiment with a wide range of products before you zero in on what works best for you.
If you have not done so already, I encourage you to join The Shave Nook and Badger & Blade today. Not only will you learn a lot, you will have fun doing so.