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Blog Posted:2/15/2017 9:21:00 AM

It saddens me to see new poets arrive at Soup only to be ignored. This is supposed to be such an accepting and inspiring community of people but what I see is nothing different than many other poetry sites I have been involved with, if you can’t break into a clique, your poetry doesn’t matter. It was the same for me when I first arrived here. After a few weeks I was ready to leave. I spent all of my time reading and commenting on poetry, that I found inspiring and learned a lot from, hoping to be accepted. I have since made many good friends here and met so many wonderfully talented poets. If it wasn't for a few caring poets on the site at the time who felt my frustration and asked me to give it a chance, I would have left. But this is not about me, though maybe who I once was here. I do try to read and comment on as many new poets as I can because I want them to feel welcomed here, but still it seems each time I do go in to read a new poet, I am the only one. Now that is not 100% of the time but it is most of time. I realize there are only so many hours in the day to read poetry and many of us are very busy during these times, but I am challenging you (Soupers) to find one new poet a day (or a week) and read them and leave a comment.  Welcome them to Soup, make them feel comfortable, let them know that their poetry matters. We want people to be encouraged to stay here and share with all of us and I can assure you, I know from personal experience, that when a poet writes a poem, pours his or her heart out into it, is really proud of what they have written and they post it to see 10,20,30 views or more and not one person can say anything nice about their poem, it hurts and it hurts deeply. It makes you want to leave. I make you feel like your poetry sucks.

 

Now I know I am basically nobody here, I haven’t been here that long and no one owes me anything, I get that. But think about it, think about how many times you have posted a poem and had it ignored, how does that feel? And I know many will say, I write only for myself and my question would be, then why post it? We post poems to know if others like what we write, if our words somehow touch another, maybe make them smile or better yet, make them feel they are not alone in whatever emotion they may be dealing with at the time. Most of us write to express a feeling, send a message, get things off of our chests or hoping that by writing about it, it will help alleviate some of the pain we are feeling at the time. I love being here and want to try to make this the best poetry site on the web and I am sure many of you feel the same way. I’m just the only one dumb enough to say anything about it.  Ok, I’ll shut up now.     

 

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  1. Date: 2/22/2017 8:51:00 PM
    Chris, definitely agree that it's a good thing to comment, especially for new people on PoetrySoup. I'll take a swath of submissions from the "Poems - New (All)" link on the left side of the webpage, and read everything; have even made it all the way through the 200 that show, a few times. Despite the nonresponsiveness of some poets, it's also a good way to induce some to read your own poems. There are some who bemoan the lack of comments on their poems. I did a lot of commenting when I was brand new to PoetrySoup and whammo I got some comments back, right away. The blogs, and especially - the forum - seem to have inordinately low views and usage.

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/23/2017 9:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am guilty on your blog/forum comment. I remember someone writing me a few month ago asking did I see what someone had written on the blog page? My response was, what blog page? That's why I think a handbook for new soupers would be nice. As far as commenting, I cut my teeth on other sites so I knew it was read and comment as much as you can to meet poets and receive comments in return. Thanks for reading my friend.
  1. Date: 2/19/2017 5:46:00 PM
    Good topic Chris. Strange, I have the opposite problem; I was warmly welcomed and very much appreciated when I first came here, being the number one ranked new poet for weeks, but now there is a considerable drop off of comments than before. I am only saying this in part because others have mentioned the same thing. As for my 'problem' it was only natural; I had long absences and had little time for posting, let alone comments. It is a miracle people still comment or read my poems. For those who have still stood by me and showered me in praise I am deeply grateful. The sheer amount of poets and new poets on this site makes it almost impossible to get around to everyone.

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    O.J. Hunt Avatar Keith O.J. Hunt Date: 2/21/2017 9:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ah, but love sells Chris, if you do it well they will come....you do it well, so don't despair;-)
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/21/2017 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for commenting Keith and I know how that feels too. This site can be very overwhelming at times and I do see readers leaving more than I see them coming, but I usually write love poetry and have been told many times over, people get tired of love poetry. Maybe someday I will realize that. : )
  1. Date: 2/19/2017 8:38:00 AM
    Chris, there was a time when I used to watch out unobtrusively for new members, and also try to visit poems which had no comments. Despite the effort I hardly ever got any response. After reading this blog earlier this week, I decided on an experiment: I went on 'new poems' and commented on the first ten on the list that came up; since then I had 1 acknowledgement....

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/21/2017 12:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I understand Paul, I experience the same thing, but out of 10, if I make one feel more comfortable, then it is worth it to me. And yes, it is disheartening at times to spend the energy to comment and hope the poet at least says thank you, only to end up with nothing. Maybe discouraging is a better word, but if it wasn't for some taking a chance on me and getting to know me and my work better, I might not be here right now. It was hard in the beginning, trying to fit in.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/19/2017 10:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    it's true Paul, many of the newbies don't respond and never come to visit your work. still, i agree with chris that it's worth at least some effort
    Callus Avatar Paul Callus Date: 2/19/2017 8:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Apart from that I found a couple of new comers and commented more than once on different days; still awaiting some kind of response...
  1. Date: 2/19/2017 12:21:00 AM
    That Handbook for new Soupers.... I think that's a good idea really, but how to get it to them? How to? How? :) I'd like to see this happen.

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    ALLISON Avatar JAN ALLISON Date: 2/19/2017 12:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I suggest a welcome e mail from poetry soup when someone joins the site - just basic information about commenting and becoming part of the community and joining contests etc:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 2/18/2017 3:25:00 AM
    we used to have ' greeters' on soup; during my time i remember carol brown welcoming me... perhaps we an ask a few to do this for us?... anne, PD, skat were good at this, cris.. i'll try my best to check them out... huggs

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/21/2017 12:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for reading and commenting on this blog Nette and thank you for understanding what I was trying to get across. If all of just try a little, it can make a big difference to a new poet.
  1. Date: 2/17/2017 6:59:00 AM
    I often 'pick up' new poets and leave comments on their work. I also show them how to get more involved in the community, which is often the way to get others to respond to your poetry. I learned that the hard way. For me it was also because I found (and sometimes still find) the site hard to navigate. But it gradually gets better. Yes, talk to new people, show them the contest section. Explain how commenting and REPLYING (equally important) to comments...

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 2/17/2017 10:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So true, Darren. I had to ask different people how to do SOUP messages!! Finally someone explained it! Same with centering poems when posting them and other things I had to learn by trial and error until nice people helped me to know!
  1. Date: 2/16/2017 8:38:00 PM
    by the way, you are a fast learner and I am one of your biggest fans! If you want to talk about the reply button, I have tons to say about THAT, but now I am off to make dinner! Have a good night.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 2/17/2017 9:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Lots of people do blogs on this topic and yet things just stay the same. Sadly, some new people do not seem to realize that there is a lot to be learned by coming to the blogs. I used to read them when I first started here. it really helped me to figure out how things worked here! You are good to care. If I had more time, I would look at more newbies and encourage them. I have let many of them through the years understand how it works here. I am happy for the ones who took my advice and became participants in this community.
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/17/2017 8:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree Andrea, they do need to learn the ropes and find their way around and it really isn't rocket science that you need to read and communicate and share to find poets you like and who like you. I just saw so many poems by new poets that had 25+ views and not a single comment. The way I see it, if we have the time to view the poem, we should have a minute to say something. But I also realize that some we view aren't our taste or a subject matter that we care to comment on. I was just trying to help with this blog.
  1. Date: 2/16/2017 8:36:00 PM
    Chris, I think people make themselves learn the things they need to learn if they want to be successful. For example, I am very bad at techno things but I love tv. So I made myself learn how to work a DVR and my hubbie does not even know how to do it! Same here at Soup. I went around looking at what everyone was doing and asked questions. That is how i learned. I commented to 100 people a day after reading their poems and figuring out who I really liked to read. I only got responses back from less than 1/4 of them. But after years of doing this, I found many friends! People need to just learn the ropes! If it matters to them, they will succeed! That's my two cents!

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  1. Date: 2/16/2017 3:25:00 PM
    Cont-more new poets...yet still holding on to reading the oldie ones..and present poet friends...Great Blog..I always knew..you'd be one of the community builders here..Glad you posted this...Charmaine :)

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/17/2017 8:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Charmaine for your wonderful comments and I understand about time and life and everything else getting in the way. This world is a busy place anymore and I am just trying to promote a little awareness and if it helps, then that is a good thing.
  1. Date: 2/16/2017 3:22:00 PM
    Hi Chris,thanks for sharing this blog.My time is indeed limited,and at times its hard to read all the poets I really wish to read.There are those poets I call oldies whom I' ve read since I joined here eight yrs ago,there are others who I got to read throughout the yrs including you,and newbies I'm trying to add to mylist..The only thing that saddens me is that many times I don't have time to reply with a thankyou for tbe comments received..I havecto choose between commenting and reading or replying..Commenting comes first for me..I wish I had more hrs to tell you how much I appreciate each and everyone of you.I try to be everybody's friend..Im gonna take your advice,trying to read more

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  1. Date: 2/16/2017 6:35:00 AM
    if connie wanted to light a fire she could. but who would get burned? but let this be her castle in the sky ... by all means.

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    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/16/2017 3:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Is that like, a zen question?
  1. Date: 2/16/2017 4:41:00 AM
    When I joined we had skat , silent one, poet destroyer who made it their business to comment on all new poets made me smile and I still feel a connection with these poets for their kindness , must have taken a while to do this for every new poet . stephen

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/16/2017 6:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are right Stephen and the reason behind this blog is to only promote awareness of new poets. It does take time and it is not easy but it can be easier if a few of us tried a little harder to help. :)
  1. Date: 2/16/2017 3:18:00 AM
    This is up to the admin to , instead of featuring poem of the day/week, perhaps feature a list of new poets for that week, and then just select a poem from one as...a " new poet " ...however this site is tired now, same same same...praise praise praise , it's just a very sad jaded place to wallow, I pop in to test a little write now and then, but I don't expect comments...I just got a few that like my Writes...cliques....indeed they are rife, but a clique of dormant poets is less than inspiring ....I bet you haven't had a bad review yet? .....on my way

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    MARK Avatar ANTHONY MARK Date: 2/16/2017 1:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I only really comment when I see something wrong or right....but a general indifference means no comment...I'm not intelligent to give a critique, but I can say something's crap or good and why? I think that...lol...
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/16/2017 8:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Damn, I was hoping for a dollar.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/16/2017 7:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    i was hoping you'd offer your 2 cents ian
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/16/2017 6:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There is a site called Scribophile you might like. It is a no holds barred site and the people there will dissect and critique every word, every syllable, every phrase of your poem. It is the exact opposite of this site. You can't just say you like or dislike a poem, you have to say why and offer constructive criticism or you will be removed from the site. That sounds like something you might enjoy. As far as if I have had a bad review...I have, a few and they don't bother me at all.
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/16/2017 6:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There is a list posted every day of the new poets on the site in order of the dates they signed up, I check it daily. As far as tired and the same, that is your opinion and you are entitled to that. It does cause me to ask why then would you post material here to test it out if you don't care what the people have to say, that seems like a waste of time to me?
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 6:18:00 PM
    Hi Chris, I am with you 100%. I was a new poet here and wanted to be accepted in this soup community. Don't get me wrong I haven't really reached out to that many new soupers because I have a new job and I'm just trying to raise my young family. But I definitely understand your point and I'm with you 100 %. I will try to reach out to the new poets a little better because overall this a great community. Thank you so much for sharing such a blog:-)Alexis

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/16/2017 6:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so very much Alexis, I knew I could count on you to understand and I know there are only so many hours in the day and when trying to raise a family, that doesn't leave too much time for ourselves. I appreciate you my friend.
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 6:08:00 PM
    Sorry, Chris...I think we're getting off track. I'm going to take these few minutes before my kid's bathtime to go greet a few new poets. Thanks for the blog.

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 6:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Rhonda, it sure does look a little off track below. :) Have a great night.
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 5:36:00 PM
    I try to make comments on many of the newer poets when time allows. I used to love the welcome wagon ladies but unfortunately they have been put off by the criticism that their comments weren't legitimate. If it wasn't for their encouragement I would have given up poetry and just kept my feelings bottled up. The sad part is most of those doing the complaining consider themselves followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. It sure pains me to say this but He sees who just spout off His words without living them...Thanks Chris

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    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 6:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ... though I enjoy your work too Tim
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 6:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry tim, last comment was for rhonda
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 6:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love your poems. Soon as we're done squawking over trivialities here ima headin' your way. ..
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Tim for that excellent advice. I spend 30-50 hours every month in unpaid volunteer work. Perhaps you'd like to join me for a month? The problem with so many here is fear of change, I think. But change can be a good thing. I see the old order here crumbling Tim. Consider me a voice for change, even if it be an unpopular message to some.
    ALLISON Avatar JAN ALLISON Date: 2/15/2017 5:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Tim, I was delighted to get my first comment from the 'welcome committee' it really boosted my self esteem and without that initial contact I doubt I would have flourished like I have. I would never 'critique' a poem as I do not consider I have the expertise myself. If I see a glaring error I will soupmail someone but not leave it in a comment. I have seen too much bullying here where people have left because of such critique :-( hugs Jan xx
    Smith Avatar Tim Smith Date: 2/15/2017 5:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No live the words not just preach them at others
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So, in other words Tim, a person is only a Christian if he/she accepts your pov?
    Johnson-Saunders Avatar Rhonda Johnson-Saunders Date: 2/15/2017 5:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry, Tim. My reply was for Tommy.
    Johnson-Saunders Avatar Rhonda Johnson-Saunders Date: 2/15/2017 5:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, it's just my opinion, but personally, I appreciate it more when someone reads my poem and thanks me for my visit on their page. BW is great at this. It's not that I don't see your point. I think it's a personal choice, but I'm certainly no diva...lol.
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 5:21:00 PM
    Hi Chris, I've been on and off this site for a few years now, and I completely agree with you. When I've been gone, I've had to work very hard to get people to read my poetry again (like now). It doesn't hurt my feelings because I understand how it works. However, I know others don't know this. Without the kindness of poet's like Andrea, Anne Lise, Carol, PD, Vienna and others that are no longer with us, I probably would not have lasted a month. I name them because I want them to know how much they're kindness is appreciated. I will try to read more new poet's work as time permits. (Cont)

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 2/16/2017 8:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rhonda. I have been busy all week and finally am seeing this sweet comment you made about me and others who comment to poets. I love your poetry, Rhonda and I wish I had time to find all the newbies who write like you do at Soup. Time is so hard to come by!! But when I am here, I try like the dickens to read all that I can!! Please don't go away AGAIN, Rhonda!!
    Trestrail Avatar Keith Trestrail Date: 2/15/2017 6:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Comment jumped again. I must sound like a jibbering idiot to you, Rhonda. There's a good reason for that :D
    Trestrail Avatar Keith Trestrail Date: 2/15/2017 6:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Anything out of a keg or a barrel, mate!
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 6:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love your poems. Soon as we're done squawking over trivialities here ima headin your way. .
    Johnson-Saunders Avatar Rhonda Johnson-Saunders Date: 2/15/2017 6:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It doesn't changed the fact that more comments were posted on poet's pages before the feature. I get a lot more thank yous now than comments on my poems pages...???. Which would you prefer?? Maybe my poems just suck...lol.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 6:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's why I recommend both, replying courteously AND viewing their work. Seems a win/win to me
    Johnson-Saunders Avatar Rhonda Johnson-Saunders Date: 2/15/2017 5:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, plenty of time, but looking back, I received a lot more comments before the feature was added. We had no choice but go to the other poet's page to thank them, and then of course, there was a greater chance that poems got read ...just common sense.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Plenty of time for all of us to get accustomed to it, wouldn't you agree? To me it's just common courtesy, but I respect others who may feel otherwise. Like you say, it's an option
    Trestrail Avatar Keith Trestrail Date: 2/15/2017 5:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry Rhonda. Comment jumped.
    Trestrail Avatar Keith Trestrail Date: 2/15/2017 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And what about the other two musketeers...Craig and Cyndi? Is there any truth to the rumour that Craig is in line to be Trump's new National Security Advisor? Watch this space!
    Johnson-Saunders Avatar Rhonda Johnson-Saunders Date: 2/15/2017 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Tommy, I've been here since 2011, I think. I don't think the reply feature was added until 2014 or 15. I'd have to check, though.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Kind. I'm in massive typo mode tonight :)
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chtis, you're too kibd. The reply feature is and has been available to all for a good many years now
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 5:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As far as the thanking, each person does things differently, I am just someone who feels if a poet takes the time to read and comment on a poem of mine I should say thank you, though I have noticed it is not something many do here and perhaps it is because the reply button didn't exist. I wasn't aware of that. Thank you again for commenting on this blog.
    Johnson-Saunders Avatar Rhonda Johnson-Saunders Date: 2/15/2017 5:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's ok, Tommy, but I agree with you 100 percent. I don't like to be critical of other's work (after all, what do I know, but I like what I like). If I don't like a poem, I'd rather say nothing than put a copy paste comment.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are entitled to an opinion rhonda, but it's tantamount to saying "nice work" to someone who never says "Thank you." Think about it. Better I think to take the time to do both, reply AND check out their work
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 5:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Rhonda, I know most of these poets you have written about and they are all wonderful and I have enjoyed sharing with them. It is a struggle at times and I was just trying to help out because we were all knew here at one time and I know how it feels to feel like you don't belong. On to your second part.
    Johnson-Saunders Avatar Rhonda Johnson-Saunders Date: 2/15/2017 5:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As for thanking every commenter on my pages, I would rather use my limited time to read they're poems in return. When I started here, there was no reply feature and I think it was better that way. We had no choice but to go to the other poet's pages. Sometimes I forget to even look at my replies section just because my habit is to go directly to the commenter' poems. (just my opinion)
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry rhonda, comment jumped. Was for keith brliw
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Below lol
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you thank you thank you. I can always count on you keith for some uncommon sense. We need ruben here too. The truth is that you can be nearly without talent and still rise to the top on an amateur site if you are willing to pat enough backs with silly comments like, "lovely poem, a seven!"
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 5:18:00 PM
    New poets, old poets - we all value encouragement, inclusion and validation. I was greeted like many here when I joined by the two no longer active on this site. I was delighted to receive their welcome until I realised it was just a cut and paste. Just another one of life's illusions!

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    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 6:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ack! I hate grapejuice. Now if it be something a little stronger ye be seekin' lad, I might can help ye out!
    Trestrail Avatar Keith Trestrail Date: 2/15/2017 5:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Tommy, I need a drink. Pour me a glass of that grapejuice you're swilling will ya!
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What I do is try to find something in the poem to comment about, even if I have to use humor
    Trestrail Avatar Keith Trestrail Date: 2/15/2017 5:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I just have a thing about fake sincerity. That's probably why I don't comment as much as I should.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Haha yes, we need Cwaig and Cindy too. And let's not forget the Beckster
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 5:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Life is full of illusions, I didn't realize at the time it was cut and paste and even if it was, it probably wouldn't have bothered me so much, I liked the gesture. But that is beside the point, I am just trying to create a little awareness for new poets on the site. Thanks for commenting.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Lol. Angst and melancholy should be conducive to good poetry, one would think. Maybe his ears are itching about now
    Trestrail Avatar Keith Trestrail Date: 2/15/2017 5:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben you say. Where is "don't cry for me Argentina" these days? On the beach sipping margaritas sticking pins in his Donald Trump doll!!
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    See my comment to you above keith
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 1:31:00 PM
    Another tip is to ensure you fill the categories section on your submission with four or five aspects if at all possible.In my experience over 10 years is that some folk follow particular categories that are of interest to them.

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 1:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    More good advice, like I told Jan below, maybe we should come up with a Handbook or New Poets on Soup to post here on the blog page.
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 1:16:00 PM
    Chris perhaps the best tip for a newcomer is to become known.This will take a while and will need persistence. Enter contests, (if a PM sponsor a contest)join in with blog comments blog comments.Read and comment .

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 1:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Brian and that is some good suggestions. I'm just trying to help new poets feel more welcome. I appreciate you stopping by.
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 11:20:00 AM
    Like you I have posted on numerous amateur sites and they are the same, i.e., you read mine I'll read yours. But on reflection, it has to be that way, I suppose. In any case, I don't spend as much time reading as some, but when I do I look to see who is online and from another country and I'll usually read and post comments on theirs. I try to avoid the clique scene, which is why I remain the proverbial outsider, which I'm okay with. Good blog. Fred below makes a good point

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    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/16/2017 2:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No Ian, you're an enigma, though I believe you rather like it that way
    MARK Avatar ANTHONY MARK Date: 2/16/2017 3:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Tom, you are a novice outsider....I'm a real outsider..lol...
    Johnson-Saunders Avatar Rhonda Johnson-Saunders Date: 2/15/2017 6:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Some poets are here for growth and improvement some are perfectly happy and would rather not be critiqued. Perhaps theyre just here for entertainment and community. I think it had been suggested by Cyndi and /or Debbie to add a note in your title or on your page if your're looking for critique/constructive criticism. I'm like Jan, I never felt qualified to critique other, but I welcome criticism if it's constructive.
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ps, Deb Guzzi offered some advice on one of my works recently and I thanked her! Go figure. Whether it's in with a comment (thank you Paul, Philip and Becca) or via soupmail is ok with me. I'm always striving for growth and improvement
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 5:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Why waste my time trying to reason with people who only want same ol'. Been down this path before. For the record, anyone who is afraid of constructive criticism should post their poems in a diary. The lit world is tough. If you can't take an occasional bloody nose stay home
    ALLISON Avatar JAN ALLISON Date: 2/15/2017 4:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Why do you remove your comments when I have made a response ?
    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 11:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sure. There is only one reason to post a piece publicly - feedback!
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 11:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That's my point, if we all just try, give just a little, maybe it will work, maybe not. I just know how it feels to post a poem that you are proud of, maybe it sucks, who knows but a ton of views without a single comment just says that it probably does suck, at least to me it does.
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 10:34:00 AM
    You make many good points Chris. When I first joined there was a 'welcoming committee' which seemed to comprise and they did a fabulous job yet I know they got criticism for leaving a 'cut and paste' comment and now 2 of them are no longer active on the site. I think soup should give a 'welcome message' in an e mail to new members telling them how to respond to comments and to also make them to other people who will hopefully reciprocate. I admit I am not as active as I was on soup and I have seen a general apathy over recent months but it is always the same at this time of year and we have to be mindful that people have busy lives and also health issues can prevent people from being here

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    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 11:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Jan and yes I know people are busy and life gets in the way, I guess in my long winded fashion I was just trying to help the new poets and ask that we pick one a day or a week and leave a comment to help them feel welcomed. I was welcomed by the people who did that when I first got here, but you are right, that doesn't happen anymore. Maybe I should post a blog, "A Handbook for New Poets on Soup" :)
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 9:59:00 AM
    Good point! Hooray to you. I only receive comments if I comment on their first.

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    Seeker Avatar The Seeker Date: 2/15/2017 11:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good point you make chris, i.e., be sure to thank them. There are too many "no comment reply" divas here. We are ALL amateurs here and all get paid the same per post, if ya know what I mean...
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 11:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It takes time and plenty of reading and commenting before you can develop a following for your poetry. people need to feel comfortable with you and another hint, if someone does comment on your poetry, be sure to thank them. Keep reading and I'm sure that will happen soon.
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 9:50:00 AM
    Chris I understand your frustration and theirs but at some point the new poet has to lay down their sensitivity and engage the other poets, when I came to this site I quickly realized there were poets here that were here to stay, they all had a star on there posts, I read every poem that had a star by it and left comments and not just your poem is great comments rather a one or two line poem that spoke to their poem creating interest..it took a while but the gates opened and now I'm here to stay..I still read new poets from time to time and leave comments but still any new poet needs to keep reaching out and they need to understand there are a lot of poets on this site, they will be found

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    Parker Avatar Frederic Parker Date: 2/15/2017 12:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chris my name didn't have a star either, my point was as a new poet I knew those were the poets where I would leave a comment for they would most likely respond as for being sensitive.. there is sensitive and there is overly sensitive, as you say its a poetry site you don't need to be a poet to know how to reach out to people, the ones that learn how will, the ones that never learn how won't
    Green Avatar Chris Green Date: 2/15/2017 11:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I understand that Frederic and I know how it works on these sites, I have been on a few and it does take work but not everyone knows this and poets are a strange breed, most (some) take everything personally and 30 views and no comments will indicate that no one likes their work. I know I got long winded in this...I usually do but my point was let's read one a day or at least one a week and leave a comment. If they don't respond then at least we tried. As far as stars next to the name...my name didn't have a star next to it the first few months I was here, some need to make sure they like the place before they hand over their money and to be perfectly honest, I was the recipient of a gift membership

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