You will automatically move up as you post "qualifying" posts, Idahowriter. Qualifying posts are posts that ask serious questions, answer other questions on the board, or otherwise "contribute" to the quality information on this board. Posts in the Off Topic section of the board, congratulations to good news posts, etc. do not qualify. You will know if your post qualified when it makes your total post number go up. If the number doesn't change, then you know you have posted in a non-qualifying area of the board.
And Dianna, in the summertime I live an hour south-east of Spokane. We aren't that far apart!