I don't really think my question can be answered with too much certainty, but, having been receiving a daily e-mail detailing the activity on here for around seven years now, I'm increasingly struck by how traffic on here has increased and is still increasing. Whereas my daily update would contain, say, four or five new topics in the early days, it's now reaching the stage where it's quite unusual to have a day where the number of new topics stays in single figures.
If I had to guess as to why this place has got so much busier, I think I'd come down on the side of it being an endorsement of a truly excellent website that is such a beacon of goodwill, common sense and accurate advice for so many AF sufferers.
This is not to say that the incidence of AF is not increasing, because I believe it is (and, unfortunately, we seem to get more and more relative youngsters posting on here now), but I think that the willingness of so many who would appear to be "over the worst" in their AF journey to keep on coming on here to offer hope and understanding to those who are just embarking on it is one of the things which puts this place on a higher level than most of the competition (if I can put it that way).
So, can I offer my thanks to all contributors to this forum (including those behind the scenes who make the whole thing possible) and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.