I'm back somewhat, but I know I won't be as active here as I have been in years past. FWIW, over at OEDILF.com we are also experiencing a general slowdown and I don't think we can blame it on the coronavirus situation. If anything, you would think that this would be good of site attendance.
Another concern, one that does not bode well for our future, is the fact that the average age of a current OEDILFer is somewhere between 60 and death, and I'm guessing a similar situation exists here. I turn 70 in December, and while I fully intend to hit the 3-digit mark (writing limericks keeps me young!), any project, on- or off-line, needs at least a trickle of new blood coming in.
It's good to see you here but I fear your presence may be too late to save us. The board has been slow to the point of stationary for a long time now. Maybe a few old faces could do it but the point about new blood is well taken. Even most of the old blood is gone now. There are very few posts, sometimes weeks go by with no contributions at all. The board has been just about keeping one nostril out of the water for a long time.
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Samuel Johnson.
As I have always said, slowness begets slowness. I know I have slowed down a lot too because there is often not much here. However, I will keep it open for as long as I can. Honestly, I just can't bear to shut us down. I mean, we started in July of 2002! I suppose when it comes to me responding to me, myself and I - then I'll close us down.
In the meantime, coming up with new threads is really important, I think.
PS I laughed out loud when CJ said the average age was somewhere between 60 and death. Yes, the same is true here - and we have had many deaths. Arnie was our most recent. For a long time he was one of our most loyal Wordcrafters. I still remember one of his OEDILF limericks, which went something like
Ahem, ahem, ahem ahem (and so on). Not sure if it stayed; probably not.
For me it's about covid, in the sense I haven't yet adapted to having been yanked out of my 20-yr 2nd career in June 2020. Even tho it was never more than 1/2 time, in recent years the multiple gigs aligned, & it settled into a nice regular routine. I'm almost 72 & likely won't go back even when the coast is entirely clear. I might have considered it, but since covid I now have hubby on hand daily except for brief & rare excursions into the office. [Context: since an office relocation 25 yrs prior we'd had a "commuting marriage."]
So it's not about available time, it's about learning how to live without having a routine imposed on me.
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