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I'm Back! :)

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by Matty Mo, Dec 14, 2020.

  1. After a 7 year, or so, absence I've finally found my way back to the Afterlife Forums! A lot of life happened and just took a lot of free time away from me.

    Given how long it's been, everyone I once chatted with often may not be around anymore and no one may have a clue who I am. It's all good though, I may just have to make some new friends.

    Looking forward to catching up and communicating now and then.
     
  2. mac

    mac Staff Member

    Welcome back but it's a sad fact that many of those you used to know probably won't be around now.
     
  3. bluebird

    bluebird Major Contributor

    Welcome back to ALF. :)
     
  4. Thanks Mac, I recognized your screen name right away. There were a lot of great people I conversed with back then, sad they aren't around anymore.
     
  5. Thanks Bluebird, I remember conversing with you often back in the day. I hope you are in a better place now than when we last spoke.
     
  6. mac

    mac Staff Member

    Yeah I'm still around. I don't know what that makes me - a long-term enthusiast or a sad person with nowhere else to go! :D In reality I do have somewhere else to go and I write - a whole lot more than here - on a couple of other websites. But over my years on forum-based websites I've seen a distinct change with identifiable reasons for it.

    My feeling is that social media is drawing away many who might once have used forums. I am certain that's the case on one specific website where I'm a member and also a member of its Facebook Group's page. I see daily the huge amount of activity on its FB page compared with that on its near-moribund website.

    The popularity of smart phones is the reason. They have instant online access along with platform simplicity - Facebook has done an astoundingly good job. A similar situation is seen with email, a medium more highly structured and slow to use compared with other instant-messaging apps. Email replaced letters and many formal documents; social media platforms are replacing email.

    With websites I'm seeing that the more specialised they are the more limited is the range of subject categories and the fewer new members are likely to be attracted. It makes sense. Even sites with lots of forums can struggle to attract new members. Without new members, active members, sites get used by a comparatively small number of members. Some forums may become chat rooms, places the same few gather socially, rather than places for stimulating interchanges of ideas and views. In others may be found topics peddled by the same few voluble individuals with specialist agendas - anti-government, conspiracy theorists, UFOlogists, anti-vaxers etc. They contribute little to discussion quality but the quantity of their postings may positively influence search engine results. In turn the website is more easily found by seekers looking for other topics.

    Websites with a highly specific focus such as the afterlife or Spiritualism attract few new contributors. Folk may come looking, some will register for an account, but few become contributors. Existing members naturally have less to say, the number of new postings drop so search engines may not show the website to searchers who might otherwise have become active members - I receive speculative approaches by search engine optimisation companies offering to raise the profile of this website

    If my summation is wrong then there must be reasons I'm not aware of.
     
  7. bluebird

    bluebird Major Contributor

    I'm not, but I appreciate the thought, thank you.
     
  8. That is some really well thought out insight. I wouldn't expect any less from you, you always were very analytical and often the voice of reason on the forums.

    There is definitely something to all of the social media sites that people can now turn to. I know that I am involved in at least 2 or 3 Facebook groups regarding the afterlife but I rarely ever go out and read the comments or post there either.

    It's somewhat a shame that so much is being diverted to bite size comments on Social Media versus deep conversations on forums. I always felt a sense of community in the Afterlife Forums, when I posted years ago, and feel sad that I had to move on for many years.

    I will try my best to contribute to the forums when I have time. Thanks again for your insightful commentary.
     
  9. Well I am certainly sorry to hear that

    I was hoping that putting some years behind you would help heal your pain. However, I know everybody grieves in their own way and time.
     
  10. mac

    mac Staff Member

    "...............
    Thank you for those compliments.

    Please don't feel pressured by my grumbles. :) Nowadays I just hope visitors and inactive members are finding ALF a useful resource even though few new ones stay to comment.
     

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