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Joe Mac
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:08 pm    Post subject: Looking back  Reply with quote

I just stumbled upon a Big Readers conversation from back in 2008 and was struck by how much fun I appeared to be having discussing Patrick O'Brian and Bernard Cornwell - compared, that is, with my relative lack of enthusiasm for posting on the forum in recent months. I'm not sure what's happened. Perhaps it's inevitable after the novelty wears off.
The same sort of thing has happened with several other discussion or chat groups I've belonged to. Anyway, my apologies for not holding up my end. I value Big Readers Forum and enjoy all your contributions. Long may it continue!

Below is the link to the 2008 discussion I mentioned. I'm still waiting, by the way, for someone here to fall for O'Brian the way I did.

http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org...=0&postorder=asc&start=30


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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Joe,

I think these boards just don't have as much activity as they used to have which means there isn't as much to respond to, which means it is harder to find the fun and enthusiasm.  I still enjoy them lots, but some mornings I turn on the computer to find there has only been one or two posts overnight (and that's not just this board but the four that I visit).  Or the posts - not on this one - are trivial and don't interest me.  

I am still keen to read Patrick O'Brian, since I enjoyed The Golden Ocean.  Just haven't got started.  But I find I am often very excited by a book or series that others just don't seem to feel the same about!  Alwasy a little disappointing.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, things used to be so lively when we were still under the auspices of the BBC, but since then the number of active members has gradually fallen. I think we may have reached a sort of plateau. I'm as guilty as anyone of not engaging with others in discussion. The board's still trundling along at the moment, but it needs more people around for it to develop. I wonder how we get more people to join in. Suggestions?


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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think part of the problem is that our reading doesn't often overlap - the discussions you enjoyed, RN, were on authors you love, and as you say, not many others have responded to those authors.  That's bound up with the fact that we are fewer in number - smaller numbers means there is less chance of overlaps.

I've really enjoyed our Good Read discussions, especially this time around, and I do think group reads are generally a good thing - but with a smallish group, and everyone with their own TBRs and reading plans, and some reading things for face to face book groups, it's not easy to organise these.  But something vaguely structured helps - that's when the board becomes a virtual book group.  There must be other ways of generating some livelier discussions, and maybe someone will come up with something!  I will certainly give it some thought.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thing I keep thinking - and this really is looking back - is that I still miss the old BBC board, before they changed their software, when you could add to individual threads in a more specific way.  Rather than a list of comments, as we have here (and as the BBC board became), you could follow tangents, and it made specific and focused discussions easier.  However, there is no way around that with the format we have, so a pointless comment...still miss it, though!


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county_lady



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I still miss the old BBC board which  was fun.
I am always grateful for those busy people who also make time to post. I often think I'll join a thread but then sit at the keyboard with a completely blank mind.
Also this year I had hoped to increase last year's low of 32 books but have only now reached book 25.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

25 books in a year (or 11 months!) sounds pretty good to me.

I'd also add that I still enjoy the board very much - every so often a good discussion comes along, and in between there are lots of interesting posts - I don't always respond, but I do always read and enjoy.  It's like a common room for me - I drop in with a cup of coffee and see who's around, and enjoy the bookish but relaxed atmosphere - lovely.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that in the early days, I was much more ready to post an instant response, even if it was just a one liner! Now I do try to come up with something rather more considered, as I think do others.

This probably improves the quality of the board, but it does mean that more careful reading of the contributions is needed, and I don't always feel that I have time to do justice to them. This applies particularly to the blogs - if I have missed looking at the board for a few days, there is often too much content there to be easily caught up with.

Reading the posts on here is still a great pleasure. I suppose it has just matured a bit with the passing years. Like us!


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Caro



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I often find, too, that I compose a long and sensible post while driving in the car, but sitting in front of the computer it just feels too much work or time-consuming to try and recreate it, so it doesn't always get written.

I have been for several days reading two books but still haven't got to put them on the What are you reading thread, though I will.  I will.  Not yet, though - I am off out in half an hour, and there is still washing to hang out, sandwiches to make, and make-up to put on. (That doesn't take the 80 minutes women apparently spend getting ready to go out; men take 65 - ludicrous statistics.  I take several seconds to put on lipstick, perfume and foundation.  Well, perhaps you didn't need to know all that!  Once I get writing I don't stop.)

Cheers, Caro.


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mike js



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, the noisy times on the original Big Readers board! I do think it is great that this offspring of the original is still going; strong we hope, if quiet. Of course, I haven't helped much to keep things flowing nicely.

I do recall that my free-flowing post history in the good old Beeb days was founded on the principle of being mostly very silly. In exceptional circumstances, I would mention a book.



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