Hello. I've been reading this site for quite a while and finally decided to join.
Hi there! It's great to have a long-time reader join.
Now that you're a member, you can vote, comment, make new forum threads, edit pages, and create your own pages! None of that's required though, so it's totally fine to just lurk around until you feel like you want to dive into conversations. If you're thinking of writing for the site, either now or sometime in the future, make a sandbox page for yourself. Any drafts you write up should be placed there and shown to the IRC chat and/or the drafts forums for feedback prior to a mainsite post.
The chat is also a great place to hang out at and meet fellow Foundation personnel. You can get a feel for the real-time critique given there, and also toss around ideas with others.
Feel free to send me or another staff member a PM if you've got further questions. Welcome to the site!
Thank you. It will probably be a while before I make an actual attempt at an SCP, as I'd want to figure out how to get inspiration for a worthy idea first.
That said, after I lurk for a while and watch people interact and get accustomed to the culture of this site I might first try to see if I can be of use in providing useful feedback to others.
To quote vezaz, "Get away from "type of object" or "sort of creature" and instead start thinking about stories you want to tell. Start looking for moments in your everyday life that give you pause, that are unusual, or that make you go off into a daydream. Then think about bringing the reader to that same moment."
If you'd like to see what some writers on the site do for inspiration, you can read the Essays on Style, where they talk about their personal writing processes and idea development strategies.
As far as giving feedback goes, by all means lurk on the forums and/or chat. Get a feel for what the veterans say, and read through some of the pages in the Guide Hub. We could always use more people giving critique in the forums!
Thanks for the pointers. I was pondering posting a thread in the General Advice forum to ask for pointers on developing ideas. When it comes to "unusual" moments in my life, the most unusual are dreams, but while some of them might be SCP-ish (zombie raptors from outer space that can survive even when reduced to their brain, though that's average in terms of strangeness for my dreams) I'm not sure how one would put that into a coherent idea that grabs the reader.
Give it a bit of thought, and do a lot of reading. You can search keywords using the searchbar at the top right.
I think we've got a pair of raptor dancers who feature in an interdimensional strip club. You never know what you'll find.