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why do you think it is we're having no poetry posted?
I'll ask a question, and I'm not trying to be offensive. But I notice that when people join, I see that it says account not activated under their name for like three days. And I'm wondering why.

And people have, I've seen, talked about this site. For some reason there are only a handful of poetry sites that come up in the search engine. And this is one of the top ones. And I've seen people talking about this site, it comes up in the search engine when I'm on a computer, Pig Pen Poetry. And they're talking about how harsh the feedback is here.

So maybe word has got around. And, as with most things, people just don't bother. They just take somebody else's word for it. And this site has been around long enough now for people to have notions about it. And spread it.
we are a workshop so that's why the feedback's as it is. we could be one of a million vanity sites and have gazillions of posts with gushing feedback on how good everything is.

when someone joins they get an activation email. most sites including poetry sites have it. it's a way of checking an email exists. i usually try and delete account not activated after 24 hrs. the one that's up now joined at 1 26 am my time. 24 hours is way long enough to activate.
As for why people who are long-term members aren't posting . . . The question could be asked also why they're not replying to this question.
The number of active users is significantly lower than it used to be. I'm not sure if some of those members have left or are dead for tax purposes. Speaking of tax, I've been slugged with a ridiculous tax bill that will now eat into my meagre savings and makes me wish the whole damned government were....damned.
However, not as many newbies are joining up as they should. Perhaps the SEO settings need a bit of tweaking
I haven't been posting because of school. I do have some edits of older poems sitting around in my drafts and a couple of new ones I've had to write for my creative writing class, but I wanna give some feedback before uploading any of em, which I haven't had the time to do.

Maybe for most, it's the factor of not having enough time to participate here anymore, which is odd because it's been quite some time that we've gone without some new pieces being shared.
I posted a poem and got one critique on it... I think, from my personal point of view, it’s getting harder to look out the window and feel inspired. I think a lot of people, especially Americans, are having the same struggle.

Nationalism isn’t good for creativity. Nationalism is on the rise globally.
It's funny because I always think that when things are going wrong in the world that's the best time for writers.

But then I think writing about positive things is difficult. It's much easier to write about sad things.
i know what you mean, i often had the same problem. i try and give feedback though i don't get to every poem. i'll give it a go later. thing is if everyone thinks this way no one will post which seems to be what's happening. if everyone gives two pieces of feedback a day, peoples poem will still sometimes be left bereft of feedback while others have a lot of it. i wish i could do something about that particular fact but that one's out of my hands and in the hands of all members.

(03-20-2019, 06:33 AM)Xlateralus Wrote: [ -> ]I posted a poem and got one critique on it... I think, from my personal point of view, it’s getting harder to look out the window and feel inspired. I think a lot of people, especially Americans, are having the same struggle.

Nationalism isn’t good for creativity. Nationalism is on the rise globally.
(03-20-2019, 06:33 AM)Xlateralus Wrote: [ -> ]I posted a poem and got one critique on it... I think, from my personal point of view, it’s getting harder to look out the window and feel inspired. I think a lot of people, especially Americans, are having the same struggle.

Nationalism isn’t good for creativity. Nationalism is on the rise globally.
i see you did 7 posts, one i presume being your own thread. why not post a few more poems. you've earned the right to. oten not all our poetry gets feedback, the reason being we're don't want to be into "oh that was a great poem" sometimes people read a poem meaning to come back but never do. i'm guilty of that one, i let them slide under my radar. we don't only have to post feedbackk or poetry either. posts question or observations.
Speaking for myself, I have a lot of hobbies, write a couple of poems a week on average, and few of them are presentable.  After mulling over them for a month or so, one of them may clean up to the point that I think the spark that caused it to be written is still there; then, sometimes, I'll submit it.

Crit is easier, though tougher where I'm not actually "getting" the poem.  And I can't make myself crit poems that aren't there Dodgy  .
Speaking for myself, aside from the usual slowness, I find myself focusing on prose fiction and epic poetry a lot more at the moment, and even then it's largely toe-dipping. I don't really have anything worth feedback, not yet at least.
I felt like when I was posting a poem or two a week that I was taking over whatever board I was focusing on (mild or intensive usually). I decided to take a step back to let others have a chance to run with things. However, I definitely write enough poems in need of improvement, so I will put a push on to post a bit more in the next while.
thanks richard. at this point as long as someone give a bit of feedback they can post as much as they wish.
from tomorrow i'll try and do a couple of poems a week. i forgot how to write but i'll give it a go.
Speaking of poetry and writing more of it, April and NaPoMo are around the corner ...
Just thought about NaPM today.
if we can get people posting poetry maybe we can do NaPM
Does anybody have interest in "hosting" NaPM? Milo? Someone? Bueller? Bueller?

If not, we can just make it a sort of free for all where everyone tries to write one poem each day without a dictated theme. We are rather meager these days. But having someone to rally the troops might make it more fun and less chaotic.
Let's post topics we'd like then tally and vote, someone just has to update the forum everyday with the topic. That does take away the surprise element though
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