I have not really weighed in very seriously here so i'll try to give my two cents worth.
first of all, thank you for the compliment about my writing several pages back, mr hoffman. it meant a lot to me and it was appreciated.
There is no question traffic is down and part of that is Facebook, and part of the time and effort it takes to post trip reports with pictures and well written texts. one of my favorite posters no longer posts trip reports on road food and i miss those reports.
Facebook has killed a lot of our traffic and think we don't really attract a younger crowd much anymore. twitter is shorter and frankly I'm not sure I'd want to talk to a lot of us either. plus a lot of people who like our type of food are watching Guy and Adam rich man who are bigger names than jane and Michael to younger folks and in the new universe.
I no longer go to Roadfood first when i hit the computer and illness and lack of funds keep me a little closer to home. Portland's food cart culture is wonderful but I simply have neither the time or energy or money to be as active as I once was. WE have a new computer so I hope I can add a few places here in Oregon and southern washington that will be worthy of inclusion in the road food universe.
But frankly the chat stuff may have seen its best days. people looking for good places to eat are still hitting the website but i'm not sure they desire to talk in the fora when there are other options available. Technology has moved on and we are so 2007 to quote mr. Voss. I really do like this website, will strive to help it when i can and truly wish i could join my compatriots in nashville and new orleans in the coming weeks.
post edited by mr chips - 2012/02/03 18:20:51