In the 'Can it be true?' thread (where else? 😉), there was a little diversion into 'Why don't more members post?' I think Colin (onlyabba4me) stated truth: it has all, pretty much, been said before over the decades - at least for those of us who are not new, or not newish, fans. Very occasionally, a fresh little angle crops up, and that is very welcome, of course. Otherwise, it strikes me as being much like some restaurant's restricted menu: familiar dishes that appear in predictable rotation. Still worth eating, but perhaps a little over-familiar. And there is no easy way round this because the ABBA chefs have not been able to perfect their new recipes yet.
To be fair to members who don't post, perhaps a lot of them pick up on this 'dilemma'? So I won't recommend what a classical guitar forum used to do (and maybe still does): stipulate that all members must post at least once a month - doesn't seem a lot to ask, does it? - otherwise their membership will end. I'm sure most new members intend to post, but that intention just sort of fizzles out, I'm guessing.
But at least a few of us need to post, otherwise there is no forum even for non-members to read!
I post every now and again, I think there probably isn't much to post about unless someone says something that you like to comment about. It would have been different if these forums were around when ABBA were active.
Whilst plagued with anxiety issues, I do enjoy conversing with other members of the forum. I agree with Richard, although we may tread on familiar territory we always raise interesting topics of discussion. I find it quite stimulating interacting with others. It is important that we keep the forum going with further views and comments.
Angela, yes, just imagine the buzz of an ABBA forum in their heyday!
I had ignored the social/community aspect, Edmund. And ABBA, even if it often entails going over old ground, is much more interesting for most of us than discussing the weather! Though sympathies for those experiencing extreme conditions - I don't mean to be insensitive.
Yes, there are Beatles forums, Josef, and you get the same topics coming back quite often, inevitably more interesting to newer, younger, fans, I guess. But I found the discussion about whether it really was George and not Paul (as would be assumed) playing bass on 'Old Brown Shoe' rivetting. 😀
Josef, I hope new fans will still discuss all things ABBA as you mention in many years to come. I for one, Richard, am more interested in discussing ABBA and their music than the recent atrocious weather, Coronavirus, Brexit, general gloom and doom and the rest. You ask yourself whether all this on the news is over-hyped. But I too sympathise for those who have experienced the worst flooding for years. I'm deviating from the topic of conversation on this forum which is all about ABBA.
For the time being I've decided to only Post, at ABBA Chat, when I feel that I have something to say. Today I've Posted in the 'Can It Be True?' Thread, as I felt that I had something to impart, that may interest some other ABBA Fans.
I don't think it would be fair to try to force Fans to Post here, by making it a condition of their Membership. A lot of Fans are really nervous about Posting. They may worry about saying the 'wrong' things, or getting negative Posts, from ABBA Fans, who don't like what they've said. I Post here quite a lot, but in 'Real Life' I'm really incredibly shy. Cripplingly so. I hardly ever mix with anyone from outside my Family. Even with my Family, I feel very uncomfortable, if there are more than 1 or 2 of them in the room with me.
However, I don't feel too shy to Post. Even so, I worry that I'll get negative responses, as I sometimes do. It is amazing what can upset or anger some people. I cope with that, by never responding, to Posts that criticise what I've said. I just carry on Posting as if nothing has been said. I do that for a 'quiet life' and to stop myself engaging in quarrels. Also, it is unpleasant, for other Fans, if Threads turn into rows...
However, I know that a lot of ABBA Fans, (here), are too nervous and self conscious to Post, and no-one should try to force them. It would be wrong to put pressure on them. I just wish that more ABBA Fans did Post here, as most of us would not dream of being unkind about what they've written...
Well, although I mentioned that one forum stipulated that members should post once a month at least, I didn't recommend it. Shyness is a good point; and I also think it's natural to sometimes feel a bit reluctant to post for fear of negative response/s. But such fear is groundless - the 'worst' you'll get is fairly low-level disagreement, which is only to be expected occasionally.
What puzzles me is that although there isn't much, perhaps, to be posted about ABBA at the moment, there's still plenty to discuss about other artists and other aspects of music, and yet this section of the forum has been pretty quiet, too. Of course, a lot will depend on members' ages and interests, but it occurs to me that before I joined the forum (last June, I think) Chuck Berry and George Martin, the Beatles' producer - two notable people in the history of popular music - had passed away, but no mention here, if I'm not mistaken. But, as I said, that's simply down, to a large extent, to our interests.