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Monthly Report for April

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  • Michael Grondin
    There were 27 messages posted to our group in April. This is definitely on the low side, being just one more than our lowest April in the 2001-08 period.
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2009
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      There were 27 messages posted to our group in April. This
      is definitely on the low side, being just one more than our
      lowest April in the 2001-08 period. Crosstalk2 fared even
      worse, however, with just 9 messages posted - the second
      straight month of record lows for them.

      Our year-to-date total (182) isn't bad, being higher than four of
      the last eight years, but it's worrisome that one month (Feb,
      with 120 messages) is solely responsible for keeping the ytd
      figures respectable so far. If the remaining months of the year
      average out to 20 messages per month, like the first quarter
      minus February, the total for the year would be about 460.
      That wouldn't be a disaster, but it would be the third lowest
      year since 2001.

      Recently, I've taken a quick look at "biblical-studies", one of the most
      successful (if not the most successful) scholarly groups in the field
      of religious studies. Their message-count for April, for example, was
      166 messages - not too much less than our *quarterly* count. And that
      was their lowest month this year! They seem to have a significant number
      of frequent-posters, which fosters a community feeling, but I think the
      basic reason for their success is that they cover a much broader area
      than either we or Crosstalk do. Thus, they can draw and keep specialists
      from a large number of fields. (Apparently not our field, though, since
      their description says that "The Bible is our focus ....") The group seems
      to be well-run by Dr. Jim West and four relatively active moderators, and
      has been in existence almost as long as we have. Because of their
      broader focus, I don't think we can hope to emulate them (unless we
      broaden our focus to "apocryphal-studies"?), even if that were desirable
      (some of our members don't like to get a lot of messages), but we might
      be able to borrow some techniques and strategies to pump ourselves up
      a bit.

      Cheers,
      Mike G.
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