I suppose this topic may have come up and had some lively discussion already, but if so, I could not locate the proverbial needle in the haystack. If said needle exists, please kindly tie a small thread to it and pass the other end off to me, will you?
Here is my conundrum (did I spell that right?). Suppose you have been on CM (which, of course, you all are...), and found someone with which you are enjoying a lively converation. Then suppose, someone else messages you and you find that "Wow!", they also share some common interests with you, so you get a second discussion going. Now you have two potentials you are message juggling. Then one of your saved searches informs you that a new member has just joined and come up in your search matching lots of your criteria. Well, not wanting to leave a potential seed un-nurtured you go message them, and hit it off well also!
Wow, this is great, right? Three conversations with people you are really starting to like!
Now, I am curious as to the thoughts of all of you as to when you might want to tell two of those three that you need to take a break from the conversation because the last conversation is going so well that you think it's time to "Go Steady" with that CM member. And, having determined the right timing to do so, how would YOU like to be told that bad news? Ideally, one would like to not burn ones bridges behind oneself if the new "steady" relationship does not pan out.
Again, two questions for all of you...
1) When is that time to call off other conversations, or put them on hold? If you were conversing with me and we were having a great time, when would you tell me that you have to put our conversation on hold due to another?
2) How would you like to be told if you were on the receiving end of the bad news?
I am not in this situation yet, but I can see it on the horizon someday. Hard to say if I'll get to that horizon, but if/when I do, I'll hopefully have this all figured out!
Thanks in advance everyone for your great (I am sure they will be) answers.