Yeah FB has changed everything. Even when I lived with forum members like Jessifly, Tasha, Speaklow, etc. they all dropped off to use FB and many others all over the world too. It's really hard to compete with FB and now Twitter and a few other sites as well.
I started the forum more than half a decade ago and even I'm not on that much anymore...mostly due to my insane busy travel schedule and the fact that I do use FB a ton because it is the most effective platform I've ever used to promote any idea, project or product.
That being said, I actually felt like the forum was busier than it has been in a while...it's just a whole new group and that is totally cool.
I'm still in touch with many of the old school forum members via email, FB, etc. In fact I saw a few this week, quite a few actually!
One thing I find effective is to post links from the forum on FB and Twitter. This always draws people in and I get new members joining daily when I do this, as well as 200-80 people browsing the forum at a time when I do post links from the forum on FB and Twitter. A few end up joining each time.
We are actually growing faster than ever, even if it doesn't seem like it
If you look at the introductions section and the memberlist growing you can see this.
Mostly from cross posting to FB and Twitter. I encourage you to all do the same whenever you find cool stuff on here....share it!
Thanks for hanging in there everyone. FB is a beast, the best site we've seen. I appreciate you all hanging with us here in VBB. I really enjoy being in touch with each of you.
All the best!