The Great Lurker Uprising of 2019
This website has over 115,000 registered members. Now, I realize that a lot of people create an account so that they can build a tunebook of tunes, and a vast majority of the members don’t visit regularly and never look at the forums. But there are maybe only 150 or so real regular posters in the forums these days (that’s a complete guess, not actual data). And I know for a fact that there are lots of people that read the forums but don’t post (including a few of our old friends that we’re always lamenting the loss of in the forums…). It’s pretty common for new people to start a thread with "long time lurker, first time poster…", so we know you’re out there!
This is just my friendly way of opening up the doors and inviting the lurkers to get more involved in the discussions.
If you’re reading this and you have an account but you’ve never posted in the forums, we’d love it if you said hi, and maybe told us a bit about yourself and talked a bit about why you’re not more involved in the discussion. And in this day of privacy concerns and such, if you don’t feel like telling us a bit about yourselves, that’s OK too, but maybe you could choose from this list of reasons why you read the forums but don’t post:
1. I play music, but only have a passing interest in Irish, Scottish, or other related traditions.
2. I am a complete beginner, and most of the discussion is about things that I don’t know much about.
3. I am shy.
4. Everything that can be discussed about this music already has been, so I just read the archives.
5. I feel like the discussions are often too contentious, and don’t feel like wading into the fray.
6. You’re all a bunch of idiots and, and I only come for the entertainment value of watching you argue.
7. Other (please explain)
One of the joys of playing traditional music in sessions is that it is a social activity. It’s often as much about friendships and spending time together as it is about playing music. And as much as internet forums can devolve into constant bickering and posturing, this site is a great resource for people that love traditional music, and are learning how to play. And (related to the recent thread about how many members of thesession you know in person) I’ve gained some real friendships through socializing in these forums, as well as learned a lot about playing this music from the discussions here over the last 18 years!
So welcome to thesession forums! We’d love to hear from you!