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.
Patricia, I agree that you have educated yourself quite well.
I don't like talking on the phone either. I prefer face to face, but when I want to express myself well, I much prefer e-mail.
I have only a cell phone because I can't afford to pay for both, and I never use it to chat.
Patricia, I like to take my time in composing email also, but tend to get lazy and often don't take as much time as I should.
I try to remember to read what I write over once before posting it, and then read it a time or two again after posting. I still sometimes find spelling and grammar mistakes on the third reading, as well as things I wish I had said better.
The thing I wrote that took the most time (10 or 20 hours), was the letter to all my family members, where I came-out as an atheist and gave them some of the logical, rational, and scientific reasons why.
I've been wanting to write them another, with some more of the hundreds of reasons Mormonism is false and detrimental. I've been procrastinating because it will probably take another 10 or 20 hours.
I usually check the site a few times a week but don't often reply. I think for me it's like my phone aversion issue. It's not that I don't like to engage with other people, but for reasons probably only understood by a psychologist, I prefer face to face conversations. Talking on the phone or like this in a forum is just a little off-putting for me. I keep telling myself I'm going to engage more, but then fall back to old habits.
As far as my spouse goes, she sees herself as agnostic and isn't nearly as involved as I am on issues surrounding religion vs atheism. She has other issues like breast cancer awareness that she is very involved in, so the whole spectrum of religion / no religion debates are more of sideline concern for her.
I like the information I get on Atheist Nexus, but mostly I'm here for people to talk to.
I'm very picky about who I want to talk to. I just will not talk to anyone that is religious, including my family members. If a person believes other kinds of woo and talks about it too much, I don't care to talk to them either.
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.
Oh, yes. I do occasionally talk to a neighbor, and briefly to the store cashiers.
A couple of weeks ago, a new family with one small child moved in next door and they started waving at me right away. Being a suspicious sort, I'm a little concerned that means they are religious and are trying to set me up to preach to me.
I've only talked to him one time briefly as he was going to work, just to ask him how early I could roto-till my garden area on the side of the my house that's close to his house without bothering anyone.
Hoping my fears of them being religious are unjustified and they are just more outgoing than I am.
The neighbors on the other side of me are not very talkative, and as I'm not very social, I very seldom talk to her, and talk to him about once every other week.
One Sunday he said he had to go because his wife wanted for him to go to church with her. Sounds like he's not religious, but was just going for the sake of getting along with her. Other than that, they've not talked to me about religion and probably never will.
Some cats live close to me also. I'm not sure if they are Catholic.
I would guess they're not Catholic, as cats seem to rebel at getting baptized, even if it's just sprinkling.