I’ve recently experienced first hand what it’s like to become disengaged with a community. Sorry, but that community is here. Here’s the strange thing though, it’s not you, it’s me. I love this community. I love the insight and the people who post here. The discussions make me think about what I do professionally and I feel like I learn something new every time I visit. So what’s the problem?
Last month I ended up in hospital with a major back problem that put me out of action for quite a while. I couldn’t even sit up for a few days. (I’m feeling much better now) I had to take some time off work and then when I eventually got back to work I had a lot to catch up on. This all meant that I got out of the habit of coming to visit and I had so much to do, I just got on with my life.
Then, I was tagged in a conversation by @HAWK and it brought me back, but for some reason I didn’t want to engage in the conversation I was tagged in. I went back over the thread and I’ve got things I want to say, but it would just be repeating other people so I let it go. It was then that I realised I had missed so many conversations and topics, I didn’t know what to do and I started reading posts by @richard_millington and enjoyed them all, but still didn’t feel the need to re-engage with the forum. It’s like my relationship status with the site has changed.
This is why I’ve created this thread. I have become that person that we all as community professionals need a plan for. Those people who we get into the community, they engage for a while and then they fall away. What can we do??