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Where did everyone go!!!

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HarpMan Freeman
Nov 18, 2009 2:14 AM GMT

Hey everyone

Where did everyone go?

Are we seeing the end of this forum?

It seems like the honeymoon is over the fun is gone and everyone has gone else where.

MBH is thriving, so I'm assuming that this is where everyone went.

I think Harmonica Space is a good thing and worth holding on to but it's only worth it's participation.

Brady put a lot of work went into it's development free of charge to all of us.

Is there something that needs to change to bring everyone back?

How about we rally to keep Harmonica Space alive!

Shawn Freeman

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Nov 18, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
Not a Replied:

maybe there's just too much membership overlap with MBH? Whenever I think of a topic I want to discuss, I just do it at MBH out of habit and becasue I know it'll get quick responses. I don't post much over here or at Elkriver's forum because it's all the same people at MBH. No one really uses the MBH Facebook group I made either (not to heart broken by that, though). Also, I don't even really consider to post at Harp-l or Harptalk anymore, although I do take a peek through them once and awhile...

An idea to "save" this thing would be to make it be more "blog" oriented, rather than "forum" oriented. i.e., let members have a bit of blog space to post topics with embedded photos, videos, sound clips, etc. Folks could pick a focus for their blog (amps, mics, repair, harp learning progress diary, concert reviews, whatever). Then you would have a mster directory of all the blogs, and keep a running list fo the most recently updated ones... That would make this place pretty unique, and would ensure that it continues to have an inportnat and prominent place in the online harp community...

Nov 18, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
Joe L Replied:

Some of us are still here.

Nov 18, 2009 8:18 AM GMT
Randy S Replied:

The main thing keeping me away is having to re-log in every time I click on any spaceboard topic.

Drives me crazy.

Nov 18, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Most every forum have their own ebb and flow so at times it will be quieter than others. The MBH forum is very blues oriented and this one here has a wider variety of playing styles in terms of genres.

Nov 18, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

Hey Shawn,

Thanks for this message. I hope it's just a winter break. Randy, what browser, OS and version are you using. Most people who mentioned they had problems with this before no longer experience these problems. I'm not sure if it was a browser compatibility issue or otherwise.

I have thought about making these forums more public (you would still have to be a member to post though). Originally, I wanted to encourage memberships here and make the forum more exclusive, but we may have more traffic if we open up the board (at least for search). Thoughts?



Nov 18, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
blogward Replied:

1. MBH posts are editable post-post.

2. Login here is what, three or four clicks? You can't see all the topics at once.

3. The harp players here are serious about it:)

Nov 18, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Sounds like a good idea Brady. MBH operates that way and seems to get lots of traffic.

Nov 18, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

We will work on making this forum more accessible. For now, we are running a competition to see if we can generate more traffic...

You Can Win a B-Radical From Harrison Harmonicas *

Harmonica Space is giving away a brand new B-Radical Harmonica from Harrison Harmonicas to the most active participant of our user forums. So, come on back and post your questions and answers in our forums... and you could be the winner of the Active Participant Award. The contest starts now and runs through January 31, 2010. The person with the most posts and comments between November 18, 2009 and January 31, 2010 will receive a brand new B-Radical Harmonica.

* To be eligible for this offer, you must have the highest combined number of comments and posts on our forum between November 18, 2009 and January 31, 2010. Comments and posts must be real, helpful and insightful information about the harmonica, learning the harmonica or techniques on the harmonica. Posts under 250 characters and comments under 100 characters will not be counted.

Nov 19, 2009 12:08 AM GMT
John P Replied:

It is an awkward site to use. I've lost posts when i went to edit them after I've previewed them on several occasions and then i just didn't have time to re-write them. very frustrating. And the multiple click thing is inconvenient. i'm not complaining, but since this has been brought up......

Nov 19, 2009 5:46 AM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

So, the issue with losing posts appears to be because I'm allowing too much freedom with the fancy word-like features. Any incorrect HTML is subject to issues... so, I will probably be turning off the word-like features on the comments and topics box soon.

MBH appears to just have an explanation for how to add HTML if you want to your posts --- but doesn't give the "at-your-fingertips" tools like we have here. I guess sometimes more is just more.

As far as the multiple clicks go --- I can only assume you mean getting to the board. I'm not quite sure how else this could be accomplished, considering there are multiple rooms (each room with multiple threads and comments). If anyone has a suggestion, let me know.

To my knowledge, once you log in, you have one click to get to the board where you can see an overview of rooms and latest post for each room. Click the room and that takes you to the topics. Select a topic and read it. That's three clicks to get to a thread... I can't imaging how it could be any less clicks. If you know... do tell.


Nov 19, 2009 6:50 AM GMT
Mondo Replied:

Personally, I don't think it's any more "awkward" than any other forum. Also, I use the RSS feed to keep up with this forum. It's great because I can immediately see the latest posts to any thread. If there's something I want to reply to I log in (one click) and go right to the topic (two more).No big deal.

I really recommend using a feed reader if you follow multiple forums (if they support it like they do here). See the "Subscribe in a reader" at the top of the main page.

As for improvements: Opening it up would definitely increase traffic.There may be a cost to Brady associated with this increasein his bandwidth, though.Post editing would be most welcome. I make plenty of typos and would appreciate being able to correct them.

I, too, had some issues with having to re-log into the site when changing topics. It seems to have been Firefox as I haven't had the problem since I started using IE for this forum. (FF is still my default for everything else)

If you're still having problems inIE, try this. (in IE8 you may have totapALT to show the top menu)Tools > Options > Security tab > Trusted Sites > Sites button.Add http://www.harmonicaspace.comtolist.

Nov 19, 2009 10:52 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

this is a good forum. and so many of us do post elsewhere, that's not really an issue imho. what i like about this one is that i've had a chance to meet folks i would not have otherwise.

this was THE place to chat for some time and i still pop in there sometimes. the few guys who still go there have become friends, no doubt. i know there's a chat on another forum that allows live sound and all but i managed to screw up getting in there anyway.

after all of brady's hard work, and seeing jason come and go frequently here, it would be a sad thing to see this place go away. i look forward to seeing new topics and new posters here. i also look forward to posting my local news and events and questions here.

i don't find it awkward to get in here, a ckick or 2 is all. how jaded are we if we can't click a few buttons to get to really good content?!

i'll keep visiting until it picks up or closes down. i hope we see an influx and the board gets busy again.

Nov 19, 2009 3:39 PM GMT
Chris C Replied:

I still like it here. Perhaps it is just a matter of getting people to getover their inner lurker. I'm a bit of a lurker. The comp is a good idea. But of course with any site content is king. Another comp could be the question that generates the most real replies. Just a thought.

Nov 19, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
jon s Replied:

iv been busy playing harmonica.

Nov 19, 2009 7:01 PM GMT
Duane C. Replied:

I like this site!!

Nov 19, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

after a long recovery I went back to work. I did and do check up but I don't post.

Last monday I had a compleate knee replacement and its a bit hard for me to get on the desk top. I have never left, just reading all the wonderfull advice you guys give.

right now im playing with my daughters lap top and its driving me crazy.

Nov 19, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
Steve C Replied:

I'm new to this site but so far I really like what I'm seeing. As long as it lasts I plan on coming back regularly.

Nov 19, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

yes some of the technical glitches made it awkward to use but most seem to be clearing up.

I still get hung when I edit from the post preview screen but the back button will bring your text back up again and you can cut and paste your corrected text into a new reply.


Nov 19, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
Gyuri P Replied:

hi. what a question, I have just arrived to this site....

Nov 19, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
Not a Replied:

Oh, one other cool feature would be to have a "show all new posts buton" somewhere. My favorite non-harmonica forum, has a feature like that,a nd I find it VERY useful. Rather than having to hit each daughter forum individually to check the new posts, you get all new posts from all sections on one page in chronological order. It's a bit like using the RSS, I suppose. MBH is basically just that by default, which people seem to like. From an archiving point of view, the ay this forum is laid out makes more sense to me, but like i said, it would be a very cool option to be able to see all new poss at one time.

Nov 19, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
Not a Replied:

Oh, and has a "show replies your own replies" button too, which is also a VERY handy tool. You can then go right back to all the threads you are actively participating in. This might help traffic increase on the site as it would certainly encourage/enable folks to have more lively and quick-paced discussions... I have no idea about the technical skills needed to make these things a reality though...

Nov 19, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
Gyuri P Replied:

you are right Isaac, these would be handy

Nov 20, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
sgsax Replied:

Question for Brady: Out of curiosity, what's the average daily posting rate for the boards overall? I don't post too much, myself, but I lurk via the RSS feed. Unfortuantely, it doesn't update all threads throughout the day, so if I want to catch followups, I need to login to read them. Not a big deal to do this.

Really, I was just wondering how much traffic we get here.



Nov 22, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

Ive been ridiculously busy running back and forth between vermont and jersey to see my girl. I have a hard time getting 15 minutes of straight playing in let alone being able to get on the site. I need to get back into it though because staying active on this site promotes healthy practice habits for me.

Nov 23, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
deshiblue Replied:

I still think the problem is audio. You surely cant talk your way into playing well but by sharing sounds! With a room moderator to stay some order and prevent otherwise minded it would be a great boon to the room. Im sure most would kick in the small cost split soo many ways.

Nov 23, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
HarpMan Freeman Replied:


Do you mean a place where we can hear each other play harmonica and take turns sharing lics and tricks?

I know some harp players are using Skype for that now. But a chat room which we could talk instead of type would be very cool with the right set of rules and order of conduct.

It would certainly be a lot of fun and would help all of us to help all of us.

Good idea Deshiblue!

Brady, would that be too difficult?

Dec 02, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

It's annoying that I need to relogin every time I open harmonicaspace, then wait for next page, then click "spaceboard" then when I've write something I need to preview it and click one more time and I can't edit my post once I send it. I'm not a native English speaker (I’m Russian), so I make too much mistakes, especially grammar ones and I find them often when I reread my posts, but I can't correct them.

The problem with spontaneous logging out disappeared. It's good.

Dec 14, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
john j Replied:

im with iassic on that one abought the blogs vidio, recent jams and gear a real update on whats up with every one and there gear

Dec 15, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

ok , so now its getting a bit easer to get to my desk top. even after my son took my seat.

For some time now i have been using my Iphone to do my web surfing but for some reason my Iphone wont let me add any comments.

Even if I don't post I do read, and re read a lot of your post and for that im very thank ful

abner (BluEyes, not forgotten)

Dec 15, 2009 8:15 PM GMT
Jason L Replied:

I was really into this site but then found it was just the same 5 or so of us on the chat rooms and after awhile just started putting the time into practicing instead. this is a really coolsite and worth keeping. I find it a nicer look and feel than MBH even thought MBH seems to have a lot more posts.

I am part of a banjo website too and they have audio and video along with the text chat room. So some folks talk into a mic, others talk into a video camera and others just type. It makes it very cool cause folks just break out cool tunes and get feedback. I am not sure though how much more $$ it would be to run and how much time it might take to run it techincally but it is a cool feature.

I think this site is good as it is. I have had my best and most informative chat sessions here with pros from all over and like that it is a conversation in the chatroom as opposed to just posts.

So to recap my answer to the question of the post, I slowed down coming because the chatroom became too small of a group when I was around.

I am going to renew my commitment to attendeing her and see how it goes.


Dec 15, 2009 8:19 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

All forums and chat rooms have their own ebb and flow and so they all have slow periods as well as totally crazy busy periods.

Dec 19, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

I agree with Bob--everyone tends to migrate to The Next Big Thing, until something newer hits the scene. With that said, I think Facebook is the 800lb. gorilla in the room. I hardly ever go to my MySpace page any longer, though I still get tons of friend requests, mostly from Europe.

Here's a thought, Brady: Set up a HarmonicaSpace fan page on FB, with frequent posts about what's going on over here. Think of it as an adjunct site, allowing those of us who spend most of our time on FB to keep in touch with what's happening over here. You could post stuff like "There's an interesting discussion on the level of activity on the site right now." That would entice me to pop right on over to see what's going on.

Just a thought....

Dec 25, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

im still having problems adding comments to the post, they keep getting cut short. just a few lines get posted. im not sure if it happens all the time. im not sure if its going to happen now. I know Brady is working on how to correct the problem and did apologies to me for the problem. I will never leave this site. I enjoy reading reading everyones comments, I don't post much or comment much but that does not mean im not here. In

Jan 10, 2010 9:57 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Good call. I've been a member for over a year now I think but I kept waiting for more friends and comments and "myspacey" type exchanges but this site isn't necessarily about that, is it? I have discovered that the real thoughtful, committed harp players are chattin it up on the forum. Sorry to join the party so late, everybody, but I do appreciate the wise, interesting, and inspiring insight I am exposed to, here. I think we should all recommend this site/forum to at least a few people(or as many as possible) we know personally who are into harp. Maybe fellow players from bands and local jams n stuff...

Jan 10, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
Chris C Replied:

One of the great things about this site is that there aremore than justa few precious 'experts' that respond to every thing. This is so important because it gives people thechanceto say 'Well thats not exactly what I meant'.

On some forums (expecially technical ones), once one of the 'experts' haveresponded to a questionno else willpost, evenif they have not really answered the question. It is easy to be misunderstood in forums and it important to be able to clarify your question without feeling like an idiot.

Personally I'm proud of our unprecious'experts' here and the great way they share their info. Wish I could find a similar forum for Sax. A site like Harmonica Jam for sax would be great too but it just seems that Harp people are more into sharing.

Jan 19, 2010 4:13 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

I know! I really feel like part of a community here. Thanks, everybody! :)

I read in this thread that many players post on a different forum that I wont mention by name. I went to check it out and found it not nearly as easy to use as HS and that the folks posting were less humble and positively energized about the instrument.

Yahoo for HS! Thanks to Brady for launching and maintaining this terrific outlet and thanks to the cats in this circle for your continued, meaningful dialogue. :) happy face!

Jan 19, 2010 4:15 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

While we're talking about the site, how come all the action is on the forum. People aren't "friending" and commenting on peeps' profiles so much as chatting here. The site works sorta like myspace but it isn't being used the same way. Does anyone on this forum have over 100 friends on HS? I'm not complaining... just noticing an interesting phenomenon among this community :)

Jan 20, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

I will be 100 % honest with you guys. I started out being on several sites, but since i cant be on a computer all the time its hard for me to keep track. So I kept only the best. HS is the best. I do have one other that I know a few of you guys belong to.. I like that other blog but they are a bit above me. ha ha, like im so good. I understand you guys and gals, you don't ignore anyone , you try your best to help out. I was told about this site from one of the regulars on the other site. And I am so thankful to her for letting Brady know about me.. I think It was Brady that se-eked me out. Boy that was a bit conceded on my part. I can tell you that when I have the time like tonight that I try and catch up on my comments. I do all of my readying on the Iphone but I dont understand why I cant post comments form the Iphone.

abner ( BluEyes, yes a bit conceded )

Jan 26, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I`m here. I was gone for quite a while. I stopped playing for a while for fear of messing up my root canal and crown but I am back in business.

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