Post by The Guv'nor
Too be honest SG, if anyone is interested in taking over this group, I
am quite willing to hand over.
Personal, health and work commitments are beginning to mount up - and
to be honest, the amount of work that at one stage I put into the group
in an effort to make it work, didn't provide sufficient incentive to
continue to do so.
Mike I'm sorry to hear that. The amount of work you, and Beth before you,
put into the group has been terrific and I know from personal experience
what an uphill struggle it is to carry a new group in a USENET environment.
As you are aware from statistics over the last few months I have been very
lucky with ASSM primarily because we happened upon two or three lively and
indefatigable posters who boosted the posting levels to heights I would have
hitherto thought impossible and created an impetus for others to join in,
but I am equally aware that this is still from a low poster base and relies
on a few generating a lot. We too have fallen away from our pinnacle of
frenetic posts just lately and, if those key individuals don't post
regularly we fall back into the 'also rans'.
I say this because if you truly have lost interest that's one thing you cant
do much about but if it's simply disillusion with pushing a pea uphill
remember that ASRM has in the past had some super posters and , even lately,
you have had posters like Minxy who is a rare jewel and seems to have
stopped posting anywhere. All you need is, like we had, a stroke of luck in
picking up a couple of folks who will galvanise the group again and give it
some distinctive star quality.
I read Katherine's post and while I understand her views re one spanking
group I think the diversity that the 3 USENET groups have given has been a
boon to spanko options not a detraction from SSS. After all , SSS posts
have gone down like a runaway lift over the last few years and this is NOT
because of the other spanking groups. Very few of the SSS runaways have
fetched up on either of our groups and we have , both on ASSM and ASRM,
found our own , often very different, poster base. I think the reason why
newcomers have opted for other than SSS....and that doesn't necessarily mean
ASRM or ASSM..but often the web based forums or some other medium of
communication is for reasons more related to SSS' own modus operandi than to
the existence of USENET rivals.
The purpose of this reply is not to criticise SSS but simply suggest that
looking inwards for the cause of decline is more relevant than sugesting
that diversity is the problem. I would be sorry to see the freedom of
choice which now exists within USENET disappear and certainly, having worked
long and hard as you and Beth have, to give people a happy, flame free ,
posting environment regardless of the sneering from elsewhere about
'nannying', I don't intend to give up on it now....and I hope you don't