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15 Jan 2020

Where Is Everyone?

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. All five of you. I have been going over the blogs that have been written. I counted the amount of comments left. I was shocked. Now this site is to share our knowledge on the coins ,token,and medals, of other collectors. The blogs were on a token, the mint various coins a nice mixture of blogs on different subjects.
Now the people who write these do extensive research on such things as mintage, who made them when we're they made pictures that are an important part of a blog. I can understand the pre holiday season the holiday season. But we're into the 15 of January. Blogs have been written. No answers. I guess we have learned everything we need to know. I know people work kids are in school but that never stopped them before.
At least leave a comment when one is written if one is written. The programs at the mint three comments. Really. If I sound I'm upset it's because I am a little. There was always blogs. People making friends. If this keeps up I'm afraid of what the ANA will do. When i write a blog it's about a coin or token I own. Or about the mint and situations like this. The few people writing them what's there incentive to write them if no one's going to read them. We can sit and stare at the same screen we had a week ago. Not even a thanks for writing I picked something up today. Or thanks for taking the time. Can someone please tell me what's going on?. Saturday and Sunday have been slow. But by Friday it's like the week end. Maybe three or four. I have been collecting now for twenty seven years. I'm still learning. I try to get something out of every blog. The day you think you know everything try stamps. The reason I write so many is I'm disabled. I have nothing but time . So I write . I say try one a.week. If two that's great. But let's get back on track. It should be an interesting year. Write about it. If you disagree with this blog comment on it. Tell me I'm wrong. This is what causes discussion. Believe me I have been wrong before I only hope I'm wrong now.. Thanks and let's write. I get my ink for the printer today so I will be writing again. Have a great day let's make this a great site. Mike.


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Comments

user_90007

Level 3

I'm more of a taker than a giver. I need to change that. I like to read about people that collect coins. I like to read about the coin's history and how they are created and lastly, why that particular coin was acquired. I had not taken up the coin collecting hobby until my father died in 1997 in an automobile crash. I miss him, but he left something to my brother and me. My father lived in California and I live in North Carolina, so when my father died, we inherited his coin collection which I had no clue that he had the coins. My brother and I decided that he would do the inventory and give it to me to divide the coins in 2 groups... A and B. My brother decided that I should do the division as I had been a State Auditor for over 30 years. I divided the coins and gave him the choice which he wanted. I gave him the list of the division and let him make the choice. I thought that was the most equitable way of separating the coins (and currency). There were about 150 steelies from 1943. with only a few from San Francisco. There was also about 20 $2 bills, two of which were 1928D. I don't collect currency nor did my brother, but I did offer to buy his, but he chose not to sell, which is OK. There was also quite a collection of RAW Morgans, mostly not in great shape. But overall, I really like his collection. One thing which is a little off topic. I was in Uruguay 1966-1968. Each month I cashed a stipend check. A couple of weeks before I was to go home, I cashed a check at a bank in Montevideo, and I got 10 - 10 Peso bills in pristine in numerical sequence. I put them in my diary. I did something dumb. I taped the bills to a page in the diary. Many years later, I checked on the bills and found that the bills had tape marks of the top bill on the top left corner and the bottom right corner of the top bill. I'm trying to find out if there is anyway that the tape marks can be removed without destroying the bill. Any ideas, or know of anyone that might know how to get tape marks off the bill? Thanks

coinsbygary

Level 5

This phenomenon is not new or peculiar to the ANA blog. I've experienced this at other sites and it is always sad to see. A lot of the blame can be attributed to unwelcome software changes or upgrades by the host site. This is not the problem here and I think Mokie is on to something. That said, I can only answer for me. Lately, I've been more focused on constructive comments on other people's posts. My posts have seemed to have responses from pretty much the same people, all of which I thank for their constructive comments. I guess I'd like to hear from a broader audience even if they are critical or correcting of my writings.

coinsbygary

Level 5

You're right Mokie! I forgot about that.

Mokie

Level 6

I may be imagining things but that month or so period while they were "working" on "upgrades" seemed to have caused a significant drop-off of relatively active members. This may be our "unwelcome software changes or upgrades".

I usually try to contribute a blog once I find something interesting, and sometimes that takes a few days or even weeks. I too have logged in to the site only to find nobody posted anything new. But everyone has their own schedule and it's always worth the wait. Always good hearing from you Mike.

"SUN"

Level 5

I know I need to get busy and write more blogs. I call lazyness!

Longstrider

Level 6

I'm really liking Mokies ideas. I like the non members being able to comment and ask questions. A bunch of them hopefully will register.

Mike

Level 7

As long as collectors or non collectors learn. And leave comments. I'm sure there are more ways. I hope. Thanks.

Mokie

Level 6

I once briefly joined a Toastmaster group but decided to quit because it was always the same exact people providing critiques on my efforts. At first the critiques were very helpful, but over time, the critiques become less useful as they tended to always be the same. After a while you quit listening and no longer progress. I started using this site about 14 months ago, since then I have moved to 9th place among all the participants. I have leapfrogged many many very active members of the past and I have never seen there names associated with activity in my 14 months. In a healthy forum, I would not make such a leap in just over a year. In a healthy forum, Mike B would have no need to write his screed. What does this all mean? The site is stale. The site needs an infusion of new prolonged activity.. The site is losing momentum every day. I don't think this is repairable without some kind of major overhaul of the blog and forum. First of all, the Forum and Blog needs to be combined into one entity with the understanding that whether you write 10 paragraphs or two sentences, your comments are welcome. Secondly, the general non-member community needs to be able to register and comment as well. This will encourage complete novices to ask their questions and interact with us veterans. Third, there needs to be some kind of non-monetary awards for quality Forum content, like the kind NGC awards. Nothing to do with volume, everything to do with quality of content. Maybe the award is a nice plaque and a little "winner" icon next to your handle. Maybe the winner(s) gets a paragraph in the Numismatist. This trend is irreversible without some change. Does anyone else have any ideas?

Prodigy Coins

Level 4

You have great thoughts Mokie, your ideas could help shift this downwards slope for the better.

Longstrider

Level 6

Mike, I don't know what to say. When you're right you're right. I hope this is just a temporary thing. Come on people..Thanks.

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