I'm guilty myself....
I don't spend a lot of time here (or any BMX site) anymore. The reasons are several and may be viewed as valid and/or lame.
KIDS: The age of my girl is a direct contributor to the amount of time I choose to spend online. When kids are young, it's easy to dive into the websites, spending 10's and 10's of hours per week. Kids don't need THAT much when they are 0-4. But as they grow and their world expands, any loving parent wants to be right there with them to help them enjoy it and understand it. Coaching soccer, making sure she spends quality time with her aging grandparents, practicing soccer, helping with science projects for school, helping her with the beginning concepts of algebra she is struggling with (in 4th fucking grade!). It's time consuming!
I had to leave work at 11:00am to pick my daughter up from school by 12:00 noon because they have 'half-days' for parent-teacher conferences.
At 1:30pm, I had to be back at school with her for her conference.
From 2:30pm-3:30pm I helped her with Economics homework
I made her dinner at 5:30pm
At 7:00pm, I took her to gymnastics class
At 9:00pm I read with her, in bed, for 30 minutes.
PARENTS: I won't get too personal here, but I have been through a lot regarding my mom since April of this year. She passed away a few weeks ago. I'm thankful she is at Peace now, but my obligations are nowhere near being done. Cleaning up her estate (and physical possessions) is a daunting task made worse by the fact that she lived an hour away. Meanwhile, I juggle time tap-dancing around my dad's situation, which is fluid and unstable at best. He' lives 45 minutes in the opposite direction. Again....hugely time-consuming.
TECHNOLOGY: I rarely ever sit down at our home computer anymore. Fact: It is powered down more than it is turned on. We just don't use it much at all, other than to pay bills, balance a checkbook, or let my daughter type and print homework. I can check Facebook by pushing a button and scrolling with my thumb. I can talk-to-text my brother or wife with another button push. I can't browse topics on BMX websites with that sort of ease. It's just a fact and it does affect the amount of time I spend on BMX sites. If there was an app that displayed this site in a more friendly manner on a mobile device, it would be terrific.
BURNOUT: There were many times over the past few years when I would literally laugh out loud when read the news about 'Collector X' making reproduction parts for sale or 'Company Y' deciding to get back into selling retro parts. It really wrecked it for me. Sure, I understand that I CHOSE to let it affect me. I understand that I shouldn't let it affect me, but it did (and does). I realize that Nothing Gold Can Stay and things always change and evolve...but those changes don't mean we all have to go along with them and like them. I don't, and I didn't.
FEARS: I fear that if this hobby (collecting) continues to drift and die that I will not see the truly great people that I have met over the past decade. It has been a wonderful 10 years of enjoying something that was very important to me as a kid. Other people, just a passionate, made it even more special. The common bond of bike collecting quickly leads to more complete friendships and interactions. I like that part the best. I like getting to meet and know people. I don't want that to end. I'm not ready for that to end.
I will be in Chicago in February for Ed's big Winter BMX show. It will be my 10th trip to that show. I'm very much looking forward to seeing everyone, talking bikes, hanging out, etc...
As for Society? I hope it never goes away. It's too important. Truth be told, I think a mobile App would help immensely! But I can imagine the $$$ involved in something like that. I'll still check in here as time allows. I'm not going away.
Reminder to self: 1st of the year is approaching...that's my usual Site Support re-up time...