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 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.
Hi Spud......I do hope your family appreciates the time and trouble you spent writing to them in detail about coming out as an Atheist.....Not many would do that and I commend you...I like to think that our family loves us unconditionally, but that is not always the case... So good luck, just remember it is their loss if they reject you...You always have us as your family.....
Patricia, you sure could have fooled me.....You write with passion and complete candor and you seem quite knowledgeable ...Sounds to me you are a perfect example of a self educated woman...Maybe being a member of A/N has inspired you.....Thanks for getting my juices flowing, I hope you were not offended , I can be very direct....I love a good debate, so thanks....
Thanks Freethinker. I have always read almost anything I could get my mitts on......beginning when I learned to read. The parents didn't pay much attention to me or what I read as a kid.
I am also very nosy & will look things up or borrow library books on any subject that grabs my fancy. The internet was a huge bonus when my husband won a small lottery where he bought a clothes dryer & a second hand windows 95 computer in 2001. As soon as I found my way around things, I was looking up all sorts of subjects. I didn't discover A/N until 2010, but had been reading & printing plenty from other sites.
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.
Glad to hear your wife is a survivor too.
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.
That's funny Spud....I talk to the store cashiers, hairdressers, occasionally the neighbors, & people on the bus when I use it in winter. My husband has 2 or 3 coffee pals he talks to at their favorite café. Not real social butterflies here!.....hahaha!!!
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 whose cats I look after regularly when they go away are catholic, but the subject NEVER comes up by either of us. We also seldom talk face to face. If they need to go somewhere, she texts me on the cell to ask if I'll look after things for X amount of time etc.