Just wondering.... more than 30,000 members. At most, I am guessing 20 or 30 or so post discussions or get involved in discussion. Not that I keep track.
That's the size of a mega-church. Sorry for the analogy. It's about the size of the town where I grew up. Also not a good analogy, that town was a sorry excuse for an over-sized septic tank. Let's just say it's a lot of people.
Anyway, I wonder what happens for the folks who sign on and don't post. I hope this site is useful for them. I suppose if 30,000 people were all posting and discussing it would be kind of overwhelming. Maybe page-views generate some funding for the site?
I also wonder about people who used to be very active, then.... poof! vanished! There are a bunch of them. Did they get bored? Found Jesus? Get busy and no longer had time? Found peace with being atheist, the need was met, move on?
Just speculating. I sometimes welcome new members hoping to inspire involvement, and others do a lot more of that than I do.
I just returned from a session with my dental hygienist. She's works in a dental office that is connected with the University, so she's not under pressure to get through as many patients as possible. She's also a fast worker. So, it all means we can spend a few minutes talking about gardening and other non-tooth related subjects. Nice.
Yes, at first I talked about religion on AN quite a bit, but now I mostly enjoy just talking gardening and a little about food.
I've been keeping-up with most of the problems the regulars have, like cancer, but I don't respond much because I hardly ever know what to say other than sorry.
Spud, as one who talked about my cancer and the processes that I encountered, I did not need words of wisdom or any instructions. I had outstanding doctors and technicians who did their very best to keep me informed and offer me options and the consequences of each. They gave me research citations and I know all I could know about cancer.
What I needed, and you provided, was a place where I could describe my feelings, fears, anger, pain, and then wipe myself off and get on with the day. Knowing you and others were reading and supporting me, I felt nurtured. I had only one deep depression and that was handled quickly and have none of that challenge since.
I just want you to know that I am grateful for you and those who participated with me. I was not alone for a minute. Your care and kindness came through to me and I am fully recovered. Thanks, dear friend.
That means I have no face-face conversations with anyone except my brief visits to my dental hygienist, my doctors, and a few people that pass my garden and comment on it.
Yikes! I guess you are at sea in a roaring ocean of religious people and woo-spewers then.
Image of a woo-spewer as a whale in your ocean, that surfaces and blows water ...
"Yikes! I guess you are at sea in a roaring ocean of religious people and woo-spewers then."
Wow, what a dramatic and humorous image! And, I think it's close to correct.
Thank you for that image.
I'm kind of hermit-y too. :)
I'm a hermit-y kind of a guy, and like it also. However, I would like at least one physical friend to talk with and do things with. Several would be OK, but one would be enough for me.
I think that's how I ended up a theist. As a very young man my friend was Casper the Friendly Ghost. It was so neat that I was the only one who could see him. Just change the names around a little bit and you have an insight to understanding the religious idiot down the street.
I'm told that Hillary Clinton swears to the extreme, so I wouldn't worry about it. This is only an issue when it becomes an embarassment.