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dog days of summer?



3:00 am on Aug 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Even my "active" boards are slumping. We won't go there on my "not-active" ones.

This is the first year I can remember (and I've got decent backup to check my memory which is sometimes - um - "suspect" is the kindest thing to call it.... blond and senior is the truth....) when practically every forum I "own" is sitting there doing nothing going nowhere.

Emailing the normally active folks gets me replies, all mostly saying no problem just real busy right now. Who can fault that? I can't - I'm busy too.... Is this an "aging" thing? Of the forums I run, 5 are over 5 years old, 3 are almost 2 years old, and 3 are about a year old. Only 1 is under a year - and it's the most active one right now!

They all address different groups/situations/ideologies/theories/interests. None of them really overlap. All of them have a fair number of "active" "committed" members.

*shrug* It's not a big deal if they all die. They're private, I make no money from them (not at all in my "profile"), and maybe people just "graduate"....


8:05 am on Aug 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've been noticing it on a few forums. I think it's just "dog days of summer" syndrome.

Personally, in my spare time, I'm busy with the reno projects I've been putting off since spring, and now have to rush through doing before the weather changes (durn this Canuck weather).

I've been hearing similar from others. It's either "make hay while the sun shines" or it's "I'm oughta here on holidays."


2:00 am on Aug 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing it too, but I guess I've grown to expect it - the pace of almost everything slows down until "back to school" mentality seeps in. That's even true in B2B I think - too many decision-makers are finishing up vacations to allow much to happen.


2:04 am on Aug 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Oddly enough, this is the first year I've seen this. Well, if I'm not the only one, then there really is NOTHING TO FRET OVER!

Thanks guys!


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