I have noticed some of the good and regular bloggers have slowed down. Someone writes a blog were lucky if two or three read it and comment on it. Look were here to learn. I just picked up something on a twenty cent piece. Because someone decided to write about it. We need more. I know there is school and work. But twenty minutes out of the week. We all signed up to share our coins and experiences Lets get back and make this a great site. It says 18000 members I would be happy with fifty. Some of you guys were great blog writers we looked forward to them. Now we don't even see your name. What do you say? And no five or ten blogs a day. We do need some rest. Thanks. Mike2 months ago
Well You Didn't Read The Blog Lets Try A Forum!
We also have people that write good blogs but never comment on other peoples work.. Kind of rude..2 months ago
It says 18000 but how many really want to be here? Get rid of the dead wood and those who only follow people. What's their reason for being here? You tell me some one can follow 6500 people and nothing else and he's a Numisistasit. They must of changed the definition.2 months ago
I think my concern about this issue is waning. I do wish they gave us a readership total on our blogs so we can at least see if we're reaching a few more people than actually comment. I understand ANA Management doesn't care so nothing will change and the best philosophy is to either accept it or move on. I am going to just accept it and comment no further on the issue.
As I stated to you in my message yesterday. I'm done.,cooked burnt out. In other words I don't care2 months ago
Well worn Copper
I always see people on their phones (especially at work or while driving, where it's not allowed) so I'm as stumped as you are as to where our other 24,000-plus ANA members are. I swear you could fit all of our regular contributors in an elevator.2 months ago
Your right. The other day I used the search on top. It was member after member following twenty forty 100 people.who are not here and they don't write anything. I told Mokie I give up. It's obvious no one cares so let it go as it's going. Thanks by the way your right. 27 years collecting I read a blog today and learned something so it's their loss not ours. They play there games someday someone will ask them a question. They won't have a clue.
I read each and every blog as well as the forum posts several times throughout the week. While I do not reply to every one, I'd say three out of every five I do, this is not to say I don't enjoy them, rather there's nothing of interest to add. Then again, I'm an old guy who simply loves coinage and the history behind it.
As for the second part of the discussion, membership participation frequency, I chalk that one up to the age in which we live. People seem too involved with technology and the things associated with it that little amount of time remains for such things as numismatic clubs and forums. Which is by no means saying they do not care, that they aren't numismatics. They simply post and comment as they are able. To break this group down into a percentage, I'd guess that 25% of these "I inherited a collection" crowd have their question answered never participate again. Which is not bad looking at the bigger picture. If just one of those sticks around following a response to their question or post that's a very good thing. As I mentioned, I read them all and comment as I deem relevant.
Finally, one thing which I find extremely disheartening is the reaction to colorized or black rhodium coinage. While I personally find most to be unappealing not to mention over priced, these sell steadily both online and at coin shows. I would think that the vast majority of those who buy these are new to coin collecting. Perhaps they have a small group of genuine, circulated coinage. What ever the case may be, I have personally overheard comments from nearby coin collectors making rude statements while someone purchased these. I felt like saying "Hey? Did it ever occur to you that maybe, just maybe that red-white and blue Kennedy might lead to them building a set of the genuine series?". In other words, while all too often we speak before we think, encouragement goes a long, long way. I am by no means perfect. Nor do I have all the answers. When I reply to the most common of questions from new members, or any one for that matter, I respond honestly in a manner that might spark or renew an interest in coin collecting. For you long time members out there, expect sarcasm from time to time.
Never was a big fan of those coins. . We have other problems. Registry set. Read our Mission Statement. Education. Thank the Lord for it for I have learned so much. Now I will have to learn to put a winning set together. We have read about those sets. First they want donations now there giving away money. Ha!