Wow, what happened?
I'm away for several years and suddenly it's a ghost town. I haven't seen a new post in days.
How long has it been like this? Did it coincide with the take down notice?
It's been heading downwards over the past couple of years or so; at about the rate that Facebook and other places have been growing, I guess.
The Art website/ Forum where I hang out has a similar low level of Forum life, but the Delcamp Classical Guitar Forum is still awash with people asking the same questions they did ten years ago.
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We're all waiting for you to come back and inject life into the place, Nick. :D
Seriously, check out Google trends for guitar forums or anything else guitar related. It's all downhill: http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=learn%20guitar
Not as many people are looking for lessons. Maybe now American Idol is over we'll have a musical renaissance. Or at least the waning interest in learning music will un-wane a bit.
interesting graph. I wonder if youtube lessons have taken away from written word discussions.
A lot of people still arrive on the site through the forums. Any super specific question has probably been asked before and forums are still great for that sort of interaction. Youtube is the #2 search engine in the world. Anything you can think of someone has probably made a video for.
For me personally, trending away from the computer after 20 long years of usage and being in the IT business...I tend to stay away from the computer more and more from an entertainment level and use it more as a research tool.
I still browse all the sites regularly but most everything has been said until something new like ETune (Gibson) comes along to give peeps things to talk about.
I have to agree with the above about Facebook (Ick) and Youtube being plentiful with about anything you can think of. Also being a visual medium, it is helpful when trying to learn a new lick or drum beat.
Everything has it's place. Forums have massive oscillations that occur everywhere. My main drum forums are slower now yet there are more sign ups than ever. A lot of the new members just read and don't post for fear of intimidation or belittling for asking the "Dumb and been asked a million times" questions.
Just my .02 worth.
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