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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at Shadowpoetry.com.


What's Up with So Many Comments on Comments


Blog Posted:3/2/2014 11:37:00 AM
Hey, Guys, can someone tell me why so many people are now commenting to MY comments that I make to them at THEIR poems? In the old days, I would just go to my inbox where I can quickly see all comments made to me, and it was so easy for me to see questions people had for me after I had made a comment to them because they were answering me at the place where I was sure to see their comments!

This was a very convenient way to do things. Now I am discovering that more and more people are answering questions and making personal comments to me at their own poetry, but I AM NOT SEEING it!!!! I am getting notifications at my Hotmail that I have received comments on my comments, but I do not have lots of time to be clicking on ten or twenty of these squares and finding my comment to that person underneath their poems. It was so much easier in the old days when I could just come to my own inbox and all the comments to me as well as comments on my poetry were right there in one place. 

Am I the only one who is disenchanted with this system? Is there something I am not getting?? Are people getting points to just make a comment on a comment made to them?? Is that why so many people are just putting beneath every comment they get "thanks for that" ? That is pretty lame. Most of these kinds of comments are simply people saying "thanks" to me. IF they really want me to see their thanks, they need to say it at my own poetry where I am sure to see everything.

Well, I was just wondering what was going on and what the purpose was for initiating this system in the first place. I rarely comment to people's comments under my own poems. I often will do it when someone has said something about my poem and I want to clarify something regarding the poem itself in case other visitors to my poem might see what that person wrote. To leave people a question, I always go directly to THEIR poem to make sure they will see my answer and also I want to read their latest poem!! That's just me. I am glad for the others who still think like I do!!
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  1. Date: 3/10/2014 4:01:00 PM
    I consider it good manners to reply to comments left on my page and if asked a question , I have answered it there However, I'm eager to learn but don't be throwing a wobbly when I send a recipe for Parkin to a poem about something serious. Love always. Daz

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  1. Date: 3/8/2014 3:16:00 AM
    Or like me just a newbie and didn't even realize what you are saying until now.

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  1. Date: 3/4/2014 12:15:00 PM
    i was absent for a day.. good i caught this.. it's better to fo to the poet who commented on upit work for warm interchanges.. we donlt ususlly go back to a poet's pice, thus, how will we know if a 2nd comment was posted?.. mmmm... huggs

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/4/2014 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Exactly. Well, that is what the notifications are for, Nettie. BUt I just don't want to open them up and go one by one to each one.
  1. Date: 3/4/2014 10:45:00 AM
    Hi Andrea, I'm not exactly sure as to why this particular feature was put in here, But I am assuming for several reasons... 1 possibility is to allow for "conversations" between members, maybe to allow for cohesiveness & convenience in participating parties? Another purpose that I think it can serve would be for web traffic purposes? I don't know much, but I am assuming that the more reasons and avenues for members to click & participate in a site, the increase in traffic, more exposure for the site & all that? I really don't care for points, so commenting for that purpose would be wasted on me. I have not been that active here, so I am not affected much by receiving all those notifications..But I sure can imagine how time consuming it would be to click on all those & see the replies to comments, & it could be pretty frustrating. As it is for me, since I am a slow poke, commenting can take forever, what more if I respond to all the comments who comment and comment back. I don't get to spend as much time here, so my tactic is to limit the poems that I post, haha! Sometimes a whole day, couple of days go by & I don't get comments, but I understand why, & it comes as a nice surprise when I get a comment on a poem. Compared to others, I hardly get any comments, and most of the time lately, I only get comments when I comment first to them. I feel guilty as it is if I don't get to comment back right away, but as I am learning, I think most people would understand if I don't do so right away... it can be quite time consuming & you become a hostage somewhat to it.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/4/2014 5:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ohhh! I always have problems with your Pen name! You're our Sweet Nikko!!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/4/2014 4:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    by the way, how the HECK do you get your comments to go through in such a LONG way ??? I get booted off if mine go over a certain length.
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/4/2014 4:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are forgiven of ANYTHING, sweetie. YOu so rarely come here, it's just a pleasure to see you!!
  1. Date: 3/3/2014 9:46:00 PM
    Hello Andrea, I agree with the majority of the comments I read (in one way or the other). However, I think if we do something International to meet-up in person (via Forum, Television, etc...) starting with the U.S.A. and then so forth aboard back to U.S.A., PoetrySoup can go to the next level. What is your opinion on this idea? Verlena - Oblivion Dark Sunshine

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    Walker  Avatar Verlena S. Walker Date: 3/4/2014 4:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Okay Andrea... I see... Who at PoetrySoup is over promotions? Verlena
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/4/2014 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    sorry,dear. I am not sure what you are asking me. Don't know about this kind of stuff you are talking about.
  1. Date: 3/3/2014 4:38:00 PM
    Hi Andrea, As a newbie to this site i agree with what you are saying. It is rather confusing. While i am guilty of responding to comments made to my poems, i do so because that is where the comment is made...it seems like a conversation. however i do agree with you that it would be great to have everything come to one inbox and be able to respond from that same inbox. To me it does not seem logical to respond to a comment made on one page, on another page. However reading other peoples work and responding to it is a major part of this site, and making and receiving comments is how we can all improve our work. There are a lot of places on this site where people can react and it's confusing

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/4/2014 4:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    huberta, that is why we used to go to another person's poem and answer them there, since it would be seen in their box. The new way has its advantages I suppose. When the older members remember something we liked better, I guess we can appear pretty picky to newbies!!
  1. Date: 3/3/2014 2:03:00 PM
    I noticed the same thing in my latest contest. I agree that it takes way more time to follow replies, and that most of them were senseless. To me, if someone actually takes the time to read my poetry and comment, that says a whole lot more than a thank you with a misspelled name. So far as I know they are not getting points for it. It seems to me that there are too many people focused on comments and reads rather than other peoples poems, which is what this site is about, right?

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/4/2014 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    RIGHT!!
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/3/2014 3:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well said, Isaiah!
  1. Date: 3/3/2014 1:46:00 PM
    Allow me to weigh in, I do not think any points are awarded for commenting on comments. For me I feel it is polite to respond to comments and I very much enjoy the dialogue that often results. It feels more like a conversation. I make a concerted effort to visit and read as many people as I can. At times it can be challanging. There are many who I visit who rarely read my work but I still enjoy reading and commenting on theirs. At the end of the day we are all limited by time and try to do our best. This is a good blog to help people see different perspectives. I personally admire your work and enjoy our interactions. Hugs Rick.

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    A  Avatar SKAT A Date: 3/3/2014 4:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    that's why we need a chat room that works. An active chat room. does any one remember the poetry pub. The owner had a chat room on the home page. awesome I tell you!
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/3/2014 3:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I too enjoy the"chatting" created via comments and replies on comments, that's why I feel disappointed when I receive a notification that leads me to a"thank you for reading my poem" ... Although the replies don't give us points, I believe that they increase the # of views, WHICH, if it's done on purpose, well, I don't know anything more silly than that! : D
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/3/2014 2:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with you, Richard... :)
  1. Date: 3/3/2014 9:30:00 AM
    Heres a thought. I think when people are close enough, the dynamics of that relationship can move from perfect protocol, minding our Ps and our Qs, dotting our "i" to a different mind set... When my friend drops by my page to comment on a poem, I am touched. I will drop by his/ her poem, maybe not immediately, maybe even a week later, and I will read his/her verse(s) then maybe a few days or even weeks later my chum will read something I penned... no rush, no hurry, no expectations, just an "ease of familiarity" like that comfortable silence you can share with a true friend. Now, questions are different. Most questions are sent to me via soupmail... I think for newbies, it may feel awkward receiving comments and they worry about etiquette. What to do? How to do it? Friends know and trust that all is good and the love will eventually circle around. Me, I like to hear about how the poet is doing. I love it when someone comments to me, "I just went to a new bookstore or my granddaughter just turned six or, even, I just saw the best movie..." I think thank you is nice for strangers, but from friends? :D Tell me about your day, tell me how you've been, what is new. I don't need a thank you... I just want to connect with the people I like and the poets who have moved me. Just a thought, my chums.

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    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 3/3/2014 3:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You make a number of good points. I very much appreciate a relaxed unrestricted approach. It is natural in most cases that of we are interested others are more likely to follow suit. I have attempted to connect with some people and it has not been reciprocal. At the end of the day that's okay, he all have our preferences. Overall this is a pretty amazing group of people.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/3/2014 12:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I LOVE your blogs, Cyndi. You are SOOOO full of life and humor. :) Just had to say that.....Hugs....I also like what you posted here. Makes sense to me....My day? hmmmmmm...taught 3 classes..have a pile of things to correct and I'm here "chatting" with you. I'd say...pretty swell! HUGS
  1. Date: 3/3/2014 9:01:00 AM
    Well, if nothing else...(we all must agree to disagree on this one)...your blog has brought to light who likes what!!! I'll make sure to keep those here in mind who don't need a word of thanks but rather have a visit. I mean...of course, that should happen anyway. On my thanks posts, I usually write...will be round to see you soon...and I do try to keep my word! Andrea...I'm guilty as charged. I asked you about how I could get my new form "recognized" on my comment to your comment! Oh dear...that does sound silly. I will make sure...with you...I GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR PAGE! :) HUGS...HUGS...You KNOW I love ya!

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/3/2014 12:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh Ruben....YOU are incorrigible.... ;) MOOOOOOO....Like your avatar....
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/3/2014 12:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm accepting your "thankyous" ... : D
  1. Date: 3/3/2014 3:08:00 AM
    What's really irritating is that when I ADD something to a comment I've already made, I get an email saying 'Your comment has recieved a reply on Poetry Soup'...Gimmie a break! I am still convinced that replying to comments is a way to get either community points, most popular poet or poems points. I DO like the feature that notifies you when you have Soup Mail...

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 3/3/2014 2:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm with ya Ruben my friend! Wasn't referring to you either. We go back a long ways and actually I'm guilty of not returning YOUR comments! Like you, I read through the poem, make sure I understand it and then try to make some kind of rational comment. I refuse to do the 'nice poem', 'enjoyed', 'congrats' thing but to each his own I suppose...
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/3/2014 12:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm guilty, Tim! I receive comments and I don't return the gentleness at the moment; but it's not arrogance or selfishness, it's just that sometimes I don't have time... but I don't forget them. I need time because I READ the poems and I always try to say something meaningful. Lately, I'm trying to return the visits although it's not easy.
    A  Avatar SKAT A Date: 3/3/2014 10:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hope you love this notification TIM :) I heard a certain party will meet with you around April 18 or 22 if God's willing. I now just invited myself :) cheers. No worries, I got my own sleeping bag. Your neighbor SKAT
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/3/2014 8:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, it won't end here...cause I want to bug ya! HA HA! I sure hope you prefer mine... ;) Take it easy!
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 3/3/2014 4:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey Eileen...I just got TWO emails! One was my own reply and the other was yours. I much prefer yours...Ooops, now I'm gonna get ANOTHER email (Where WILL it all end?)
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/3/2014 3:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey Tim....Love ya and your poetry...You know that...Just making sure.... ;)
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 3/3/2014 3:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Like a lot of people, I have stopped commenting on people's poems when they don't comment back...I'm not referring to YOU Chris because I understand your reasoning. As far as the rest? Complete arrogance! Of course now I will get an email saying 'Your blog comment has recieved a reply'...
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 8:26:00 PM
    This has me pondering how I've changed the way I interact on this site. I no longer get back to every comment that is left for me, nor do I want anyone to feel pressured to have to comment back to me. I think because I don't get back to every commenter(many times because I have to leave the comp right after logging onto PS, or because I've spent so much time replying back to Ruben in a blog(lol), it's working better for me to have less people comment on my work. I can see positive elements in the "I'll leave comments for you, if you leave comments for me" system here, which is viewed by many to be polite and civil. And I also see negative aspects to it.

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    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/4/2014 5:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Had sorted according to title so never looked in the "M's"
    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/4/2014 5:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh I was looking simply for "Cat;" I'll check again ;)
    A  Avatar SKAT A Date: 3/3/2014 10:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    If you're talking about Chris poem, it's called. "My Cat" :) so sweet and cute
    A  Avatar SKAT A Date: 3/3/2014 9:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What is gone F J. :( Chris's cat poem
    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/3/2014 5:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Okay.......gone :(
    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/3/2014 5:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    SKAT....going read Cat!
    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/3/2014 5:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chris....you were supooosed to say "I've found some of my favourite poets on here LIKE YOU FLO!" ;) I agree though; it's how I've found several here myself....found you on a blog though ;)
    A  Avatar SKAT A Date: 3/3/2014 10:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I try, FJ, your way is perfect. Chris, If I could get everyone to read your Cat poem I would. LOL, my, my! The fun it is to read, 1000 of them views are probably mine alone. I don't care if you visit my poems or not. All I want from you is the entertainment. I've been a good and bad fan since 2010. Happy, mad, stones, and cheers. We both know we will take a peek no matter the circumstances. Sometimes we say a word, sometimes we nod and walk away. Anyways, I wish you would participate a little more. There's a whole world out there dying to read poetry by poets like you...
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2014 10:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hullo, Hi-Flo. I would hope others do so as well. When leaving these blog comments, I am not able to type everything that is on my mind. You bring up a great point. I've found some of my favourite poets on here because they happened to leave comments with me. I saw names I didn't recognize, then checked-out their list of poems. A mix of that and reading random names and poems has worked out well for me. Aside from the occasional psycho-stalker, like the one I am presently dealing with.
    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/3/2014 10:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ....I just figured others did as well.
    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/3/2014 10:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hm...Chris I've always had a different take on the "comment on others and they'll comment on yours" suggestion; to me when I see a new face on one of my poems it gives me the opportunity to read someone I may have never gotten to otherwise. The more people who comment on mine, the more people I meet to go read some of theirs and vice a versa. I would not have been to thrilled if it were a tit for tat thing as I still take the time to go read random poems from random poets any time I can.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/3/2014 8:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I CAN....I CAN....good grief...EDIT WOMAN!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/3/2014 3:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Now...THIS I van agree with...Giving a FACE to certain poets. I got to know a lot more about YOU, Chris, by some of the back and forth between us on the comments. It sure helped a lot. It helps to know what makes a person tick...are at least to TRY to understand. If a person isn't a premium member...sometimes comments is all they have to reveal a part of their soul...Good answer.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 10:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh, to stay on topic with this blog, I have to admit that I enjoy the reply function. Whether or not I have the notifications turned off or on. I've had many interesting back-and-forths in the reply section. Actually, I've found that it can add a bit of 'face' to members and their poems.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 10:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hullo, Becca and Eileen. I agree with you about courtesy, Eileen. If I don't offer back a comment immediately, or don't happen to offer back comments exactly in a 1-return-per-comment-given, this doesn't imply that I am being rude about it. I just want to make this clear to people. Sometimes I don't show up on this site until a week after a certain comment might have been left with me. I get distracted, try to catch-up, and it might not happen every time. I don't necessarily leave a "thank you for reading reply" with people, but instead try thanking people in other ways. Quality over quantity.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/2/2014 9:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Silly typos....I'm on my phone.....Now....a notification on this nonsense I just added.....Yes....it could become burdensome....BTW...You and Ruben's conv was entertaining, Chris....
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/2/2014 9:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There are people whose poetry I enjoy but I've stopped commenting on because they won't visit.....They will leave a reply of thanks but won't visit unless they have not heard from me in s bit....That's hurtful. Also...I sometimes will read two or three poems from someone to gest the gist and can finally comment on a fourth one....you better believe I'll mention...IN ONE COMMENT...that I've read several of his/ her poems. This is also about community...Returning a visit is common curtesy. Thanking someone is too. Maybe that's just me.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 8:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with supporting the people who support me, so it works better if there are only a handful of regulars who I can sincerely support back. I don't know how some people are able to leave so many comments. I enjoy savouring poems; letting them breathe when I read them. One of my favourite things to do, is to ignore my email notifications, not keep tabs on who I 'have' to get back to, visit the new poems posted list, and leave comments on random poems. I've always loved the freedom in that. No strings, no pressure.
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 8:15:00 PM
    I clicked that OFF in my profile so if anyone wonders I am NOT seeing YOUR COMMENTS to MY comment.. it was just too much mail in my in box [go to your settings Andie & click it OFF]

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  1. Date: 3/2/2014 5:57:00 PM
    Although I was trying to add humor, I really think that using a reply box to thank the comments is not something that I approve. Imagine: one person visits your poem, read it, and write a response. You, instead of returning the attention visiting her/his poems, just write thak you as a reply comment ... which will be unnoticed ... unless the person who made the comment RE-visits your poem! It's not fair: 2 visits, 1 comment VS 0 visit, 0 comment. Think about it.

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 8:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank goodness for that! Can you imagine hanging out with someone for a prolonged period of time, who is 100% intelligent!?
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 7:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My brain for a day? I'm not "100% intelligent" : D
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 7:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Don't ponder-on-wot me, Dr. Chris. : D I think that the reply comment box is a great tool that TPS has given us and we must use it productively.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 6:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is very intriguing to me. It makes me ponder on wot it might be like to have your brain for a day. Ok, how about a random question. If a more muscular, aggressive, emerging Russia begins undermining America's global hegemony, can this have more pros than cons in the long run? As in, is an extension of the Cold War, another layer of brinkmanship, actually better than the alternative of having an uncontested Unipolar American police force?
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 6:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I don't really understand the "thank you" purpose ... on comments or on reply comments.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 6:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wot if the person thanks you for reading their poem(in a reply on your comment), and then heads over to your poem to leave a comment? Does this still bother you? The "thank you for reading" replies really annoy you, eh?
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 4:13:00 PM
    I don't get out much, so seeing stuff in my in box gets me excited. But I do agree, I rarely reply to comments on my poems. I thought that the idea was you visited the other poet's works. You know, "support those who are supporting you".

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 3/2/2014 8:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I read contest winners in contest I have entered [just to see what the heck that judge likes?] and I never read anyone's work with out leaving a comment [why bother?] Then again so few people leave a comment that is of any use at all? [PS I'd still rather they leave one?]
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/2/2014 5:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Awesome, Scott. YOu are right on the money
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 4:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You got it right, Scott!
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 3:00:00 PM
    Because I'm not commenting (barely 5 comments per day), it's easy for me to check the replies on my comments using Hotmail. Of course, those who write more than 20 comments per day and receive more than 20 replies may have a headache trying to check every single reply. We're here to share poetry: to read and be read. If I read and comment on your poetry, I'm not expecting your "thank you" ... I'm expecting you to read my poetry. That's all. It's not hard to understand. If you really appreciate my comment, don't thank me ... just visit my poems. We don't thank the market cashier in our prayers: we look at her/him and say "thank you" while we're in front of her/him ... nor in the parking lot either.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/3/2014 9:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    HOLY COW. I tried to read the reply to the reply to the comments about thanking the thanker ... and now I have a fricking migraine. LOL. Hmmm....
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 6:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :D !
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 6:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Again, thank you for reading it!
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 6:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I read your last PP Production! : D
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 5:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Btw, it's spelled "Pan" and not "Pam". Unless you did it on purpose. I'll hit you up with comment in return. And thank you for reading. But I am thanking you here, instead.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 5:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    *for you
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 5:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, since you are in your email, I'll add another notification for to delete.
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 5:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ... I'm deleting notifications from my email ... I'll be back soon. : D
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/2/2014 5:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh I LOVE this, Ruben. This is exactly my thought!!!
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 3/2/2014 5:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    so funny. Ha!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 5:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I don't mind leaving this many replies here, because none of them are generating notifications in my email lol.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 5:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am going to leave a reply on a comment that was left on my poem. I might type "Thank you for reading" or "It was nice to see you drop by. Haven't seen you around in quite some time" .... but, one of the main reasons for replying to that particular comment, will be to answer a question.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 4:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ha ha!
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 4:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Do I have to post 5 "Thankyouforreadingss" or one is enough? : D
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for reading my comment on Andrea's blog. : D
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 4:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh, have I recently left you comments in return? I think maybe you've recently left a comment on my work which I didn't do the eye-for-an-eye thing. Please forgive me, Mooben. I also typed this to help generate another email notification for you.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 4:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    From me, that is. This reply will now generate the fourth reply notification stemming from my replies.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 4:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And I also want the subsequent notifications of these replies to pop-up in your email. This should be the third notification in a row for this blog comment.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 4:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I wanted to leave a copy/paste reply. Of someone else's words.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2014 4:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    "Because I'm not commenting (barely 5 comments per day), it's easy for me to check the replies on my comments using Hotmail. Of course, those who write more than 20 comments per day and receive more than 20 replies may have a headache trying to check every single reply. We're here to share poetry: to read and be read. If I read and comment on your poetry, I'm not expecting your "thank you" ... I'm expecting you to read my poetry. That's all. It's not hard to understand. If you really appreciate my comment, don't thank me ... just visit my poems. We don't thank the market cashier in our prayers: we look at her/him and say "thank you" while we're in front of her/him ... not in the parking lot."
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 4:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    : D
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 3/2/2014 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I too had received a cut and paste to all comment about two days ago ..and its somehow sad.I saw the comment He left on my post..on other's too.meaning that most probably He didnt even read my poem..Its sad : (..and this is the first time this guy stopped by..Anyways..What can I say..You re not the only one receiving such comments Ruben
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/2/2014 3:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A funny anecdote (I have a peculiar sense of humor) I have found a Souper (who had mastered the PCPC method) who also copy and paste each "thank you for reading my poem" reply on her own poems! : D NNNonsensical with Capital N.
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 2:35:00 PM
    - "Your comment on poem ***** has received a reply on PoetrySoup." - - "Your comment on poem ***** has received a reply on PoetrySoup." - - "Your comment on poem ***** has received a reply on PoetrySoup." - my inbox is full of reply.... Why do we need to get those - I agree !!!!! : it was better before !!!!!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

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    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/3/2014 7:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh man Anne Lise, turn that option off Lady.
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 1:51:00 PM
    I think the modern age is joining us... On twitter and face book it has become a line of comments that are like a conversation... This is becoming communication... however simple it is... It's here, too.

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  1. Date: 3/2/2014 1:48:00 PM
    I always thank people for leaving comments on the poem they commented on; sometimes I don't have time to go to that person's page and leave a comment on a poem so I say a quick "thanks" etc. If they are interested in what I have to say, people can always come back later to see if I have replied. I don't think any one method is more "lame" than another; it's all a matter of personal preference I suppose.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/2/2014 5:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It does not take much time to click on the person's name and thank them on their own poem. It's more convenient to those person. Anyway, like Becca says, it all depends on what you like to do. However, I think a lot of people prefer the old style we used to have here at Soup.
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 1:47:00 PM
    Hi Andrea..I blocked the notifications of everything..I love it the old way..Reading the other's person poem..and then in the end thanking him her for reading mine..Though nowadays I feel confused when one asks me a question..where to answer..Yes its more complicated..and if i have some time..I prefer to use it reading my friends poetry and thanking them there..Unfortunately i dnt have time to do thankyous under my poetry and then reading poetry..So manytimes Im still using the old fashioned way and do two in one : )..Re points i have no clue dear..I dnt know why these points are so important after all..Big hugs and happy yeppy sunday : )

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 3/4/2014 2:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea..I love things as simple as can be..and time restricts me even to read as much poems as I wish..So.imagine if I had to spend the little time I have on thankyous seperately..I wont be able to.read the wonderful poems provided.
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/2/2014 5:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are thinking like me, Charma. THe new age, the twitter age, it is not for me!!
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 1:02:00 PM
    Hi, Andrea....good questions here. I know of at least two poets whose comments I have RECENTLY read who like to read the comments as much as the poetry....No, I'm not mentioning names because I'm in this group as well! It's all about community AS WELL as poetry. Please check my response on Becca's post. I will try to be better...but I do like reading what others have posted on my work and responding to them and thanking them there...I guess it takes all kinds! :) Oh...and I don't give a hoot about points....

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/2/2014 5:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I get you, Eileen. The problem is that with people like me and PD, we can't keep up with people who are answering our questions at their own poems. I would dearly love to see what personal things they were saying to me, but I just don't have time to see all those things in my email! If I see all their comments to me in my inbox, it's so nice for me!
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 12:57:00 PM
    Becca, I like what you say about cohesion. Yes, people can get the train of thought when it's all done at one place. but I like even better what Flo brought up down here. They could make us a different inbox (or outbox?) just for these special cases, replies to comments. I read so many poems that when I go to my hotmail and see notifications, there are too many comments to comments for me to get to. Also, more than half my notifications are becoming comments to comments. It's disheartening. I think most of us want to know people are reading our stuff, not just commenting to us on their comment we gave them and saying things like thanks, which we will probably never see.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/2/2014 5:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh my, Catie, I have not even noticed all THIS stuff you are talking about. I guess that is because I delete so many notifications with no time to look at them all. I know this happens a lot at FB and I hate it.
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 3/2/2014 5:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Also, I get notifications that someone left a comment on one of my poems...yet it is not my poem at all, nor have I commented....so why am I getting THOSE notifications. Am i being guided from the Great Beyond to read certain poetry? (that's a joke) LOL yet, it happens all the time.
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 3/2/2014 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I like that I get notifications when someone has commented, or replied to a comment I have left on one of their poems, but what really annoys me is getting notifications when I reply back to them. Very annoying. :) hugs, catie
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/2/2014 1:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea....if you've left someone a comment on their poem...then you check the notification FOR THAT POEM....To be honest....(oh dear)...I don't check all the comment responses to my comments. If I'm curious...yes...If I think it's just a "Thanks for dropping by"....no. It depends...and though it does fill the inbox...you can still pick and choose. Am I making sense? Your points are very good....Oh dear...nothing is ever perfect, is it? Then again, maybe I don't get as many notifications as you do....so I'm not AS bothered! ;)
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 12:47:00 PM
    Andrea, I don't think you gain points by commenting a reply.....lol.....if that was so I'd be rich...by commenting replies only....hahaha. jk.....love it

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  1. Date: 3/2/2014 12:43:00 PM
    by, the way Andrea, I will not post my collaboration with Tim, ....I'm not posting for a long while ... my Valentines was only a greeting. a floppy hello. However, I've written many collaborations, with friends. for Jared' s contest. thank you for asking. also thanks for always dropping by. you're the best. always will be. Laterz...... PD

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  1. Date: 3/2/2014 12:35:00 PM
    Andrea, late....you know what, I brought up the same thing. ..it's bad for the soup. tacky. hey, but i will use it. lol..... listen to her soup.... I have over 1000 of replied comments, that I don't care to seek. would not even know where to start.

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 3/2/2014 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    what new point system?
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/2/2014 12:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    what's about the new point system. I am clueless. And yes, I remember you blogging about this topic before. I think people misunderstood your main POINT. hahaha. Not that kind of poiint, but you were talking about the inconvenience of it mostly.
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 3/2/2014 12:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    im gonna reply on my own comment. ..lol..crazy crazy....lol...I like the new point system the soup has.lol......glad they found a new way in filtering our poems. checkmate!
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 12:14:00 PM
    Hey Lady ;) I'll admit that I do that because that's where the question was asked; but I understand what you're saying. I was hoping that would be a coming upgrade by PS. When I go through my outbox it would at least be easier if there was a link to the poems I've commented on. That way if I had asked anything I could simply click the link to get back. Many times I try to get in and reply to comments but I don't have the time to go to each person who may have asked a question. So at least a link for when I left a question would be easier.

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    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 3/2/2014 1:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yea....it would be a nice addition.
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 3/2/2014 12:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oi....inbox...sorry...not outbox
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 3/2/2014 12:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    agreed on the out box:) much easy
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 12:06:00 PM
    Hi Andrea my comment on your comment about the comments left at comments is ...what do you mean gain points? Gain points for what? Is there a prize? I don't do it so I can't help you afraid...hope your Sunday is going ok...

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