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 really don't know what to say to people either, as my reality is not necessarily theirs. I'm willing to be the shoulder but the decision to unload is their choice.
As for myself......I'm a blabbermouth about things like that & if someone listens, that's ok, & ok too if they get sick of me..
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 just really like a lot of the people on here. We've been here together for so many years, and told each other about so much in our lives, that we are friends. Friends that don't believe in bullshit, so that is refreshing!
I used to be a VERY social (sociable?) person. I'm not now! I'm kind of hermit-y, and I like it!
I'm kind of hermit-y too. :)
That goes for you too Michael.....:)
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.
Yes Spud that would suit me as well....Everyone needs at least one really good friend..
All you need is one good friend..so you are doing great Mindy.........
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.