I've mentioned before that I own/moderate a Yahoo Group devoted to 18th Century philosophy and history. Have had this group since 2002. Took a 2.5-year break from it early 2007 to late 2009 (roughly). My original intent was for shared information and discussion. We've had some of that, but 98% of the posting is mine -- of various material.
I posted quite energetically throughout most of 2010, with a recent 1.5 month holiday break. There were a handful of responses in 2010. But I was surprised when no one replied to the holiday greeting. That surprised me, as all throughout the year I'd shared a lot of diverse subject matter from maybe a dozen sources. Basically I'm very dissatisfied with lack of member participation.
What keeps me posting? I like sharing this stuff, especially from rare and/or out-of-print sources. I have nearly 90 members. If someone can truly learn from what I'm reading, that's a reward.
But overall I wonder if I'm not wasting my time. :-\ With very little feedback, I have no idea how many of 90 members ARE reading consistently. And yes, I often feel taken for granted (though that's my problem).
Would you continue on with this endeavor if you were me? And if yes, why?