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A sad day

Blog Posted:2/4/2020 7:39:00 AM

It is a sad day here on PS as I see it. What used to be a community of poets who enjoyed writing, interacting and welcoming new members is not the same anymore. Those who felt like neighbors now feel like strangers. I have noticed it diminishing for some time now and it is very sad to me. Please don’t take this wrong, there are many people on here I consider friends and I enjoy each and every one of them.  But when a poet like John Hamilton posts a piece that basically says he is no longer going to write on the site and it receives only five comments…that is something that makes me sad. There was a time in the not too distant past when a long standing poet would do something like this and his or her page would be inundated with comments expressing that they will be missed or attempts made to  change his or her decision, but not anymore. Very few seem to care anymore. John has been on this site for years, he has held some fantastic contests not to mention posting beautiful material for all of us to read. He is always encouraging with his comments and I have never seen him be mean or condescending to anyone. To me, he is a genuinely nice person and a good friend. This is just my opinion and I mean no harm by it. It is just sad to me.  What has happened to this place? What once was a great site is no different than any of the other sites out there. And maybe it is the fault of the site, it is obvious they don’t promote interaction between poets, the two reply limit to comments makes that obvious. Who wants to have to leave a poem and come back in again to say “thank you” to those commenting on that poem. It is a hassle, I know. So what is the easy route…don’t say thank you anymore. I have written to them about it a few times and mentioned it in blog comments…it just remains the same. I still think Soup can be a wonderful site and I hope it gets there again.  John, I for one will miss you. 

 

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Date: 2/17/2020 12:33:00 PM
Sad to hear when one just leaves our soup. Hoping he is just taking a break and will return. love phyl
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Date: 2/10/2020 8:29:00 PM
I will be taking a similar course - blessings all.
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Date: 2/9/2020 6:21:00 AM
I look in here for inspiration from time to time. I would miss it if the site died out.
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Date: 2/8/2020 4:12:00 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this. I missed John's post as well. Much to my chagrin, it is impossible to see everything. If time is our scarcest limitation, apathy is definitely our enemy. This may sound strange but I am flabbergasted to find myself in the 'top community builders' meaning that others spend less time than me commenting~ it is very sad that members are not more generous with their comments in order to make this site more dynamic.
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Son of Spock
Date: 2/9/2020 6:11:00 PM
The problem is the sheer volume of poems submitted per day. Click on new poems on any given day and you'll see what I mean. It's not about generosity necessarily, it's about the amount of time we can allot to this place and still have a life
Date: 2/6/2020 9:00:00 PM
... oh, I believe ...
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Date: 2/6/2020 1:02:00 PM
For~ Every~ Sad today~ There's tomorrow~ Opening its scales~ To weigh in the future~ And to find a balance beam~ In hopes, there's a softer landing~ Somehow our yesterdays were darn good~(I wish you the best, John)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/6/2020 8:03:00 PM
Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away...
Date: 2/5/2020 5:53:00 PM
Thank you for posting this blog, Chris. We needed it. It's upsetting enough losing a long-time member of this site, it's even more so when that person happens to be good friend. I'm sorry, Chris:-( I don't know John Hamilton as well as you do, but I'm rather sad to see him leave as well. He's a very talented poet as well as a tough but fair contest sponsor. And I agree that he's genuinely a nice person! I really hope he sticks around, or returns again and again to sponsor his awesome contests!
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Date: 2/4/2020 4:50:00 PM
I'm sure many appreciate this blog Chris. If you are not going through the list when someone first posts a poem you may miss it and never know what happened. I for one would not have known had I not seen your blog. Hopefully he'll keep peeking back in like he says :) Thank you.
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Date: 2/4/2020 2:25:00 PM
I did not post for a year. Sometimes we simply need to step back and recharge. I know my think tank had run dry. John has always been a dear friend and supporter of mine and an excellent poet. Perhaps he is like me and just needs to take a break. if he is a true poet (which he is) he will write again when he feels the inspiration. To a poet, public expression is a drug.
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FJ Thomas
Date: 2/4/2020 4:48:00 PM
I did the same. Still relatively dry I'm afraid. Glad you are both here :)
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Daniel Turner
Date: 2/4/2020 2:42:00 PM
I will soup mail him.
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Chris Green
Date: 2/4/2020 2:41:00 PM
I know you did Daniel and so did I. I left for almost a year and prior to taking my break I posted a piece letting people know I was leaving and the outpouring of love was amazing and it made me feel very good. John posted something as well indicating he would be taking a break and it was basically ignored. That is what this blog is about.
Date: 2/4/2020 12:29:00 PM
I did not know about this. It's sad when someone like John wants to leave. I have only been able lately to do comments on my cell phone with internet down, so I have missed a lot going on here, especially at the blogs. I sure hope John does not leave!
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Date: 2/4/2020 10:48:00 AM
John surely will be missed and i am hoping it's just a temporary break...he has always been a kind soul but i had noticed the pauses in his visits lately and didn't know what was going on.... so sad and i do hope he finds his way back soon! hugs
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Date: 2/4/2020 10:23:00 AM
John - if you leave I will probably follow .. you are my Brother and my best friend here since day one, and I really would not enjoy this site without your kind and calm energy and encouragement. You have asked me to stay many times when I was frustrated beyond expression, and I hope you reconsider. Soup Mail coming. - G (Thanks for letting me know, Chris)
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Date: 2/4/2020 10:20:00 AM
John will be missed. Just recently, I began reading and commenting on his words. He may have commented on my poetry, it's okay if he didn't. That doesn't bother me. Many wonderful blessings are sent his way. Thank you Chris for your friendship, for always be you. ~ Brandy
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Date: 2/4/2020 9:30:00 AM
i'm sorry to say but i think the site has become somewhat bland and vanilla, and a lot of that is due to the over policing of creative expression and the gagging of freedom of speech on here..there are a number of excellent writers who don't post here any more or who have left the site altogether - there's a reason for that..i for one miss the 'poetry pubs' cyndi used to host, they were really interesting and a great way of learning more about poetic techniques (and discovering new poets)..on the whole the site isn't as lively and interesting as it was when i first joined, and i too find myself visiting and posting less..
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Son of Spock
Date: 2/4/2020 11:12:00 AM
I really don't see much "gagging" here people seem to be pretty free to express their views. As for me, I'm happy to keep it at family-friendly level
Date: 2/4/2020 9:26:00 AM
Chris, this is sad news for sure. Poetry soup is not the same as when I joined back in 2008, many wonderful poets have left us either by choice or illness, or by death or the dreaded writers block or ? and yes, the commenting is less these days but if people are anything like me, life just gets in the way, I struggle to fit everything into a day with limited time available. I think everything has a time and sometimes it is 'time' to turn the page, not sure of John's reasons but if he is truly leaving he is a great loss to this site _Constance
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Dear Heart
Date: 2/4/2020 9:47:00 AM
Nina, me too !
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/4/2020 9:26:00 AM
I will be sorry if John leaves though. He is a pillar of this community.
Date: 2/4/2020 9:25:00 AM
This site seems to be built on very old infrastructure. It has grown and grown and become a bit of an elderly monster. I suspect to move it would be a nightmare. The two-reply rule is, I have always imagined, not a rule at all - just one of its many technical quirks. I’ve only been here a couple of years so I can’t comment on how it used to be. But it is still the friendliest online community I belong to.
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Son of Spock
Date: 2/4/2020 11:10:00 AM
TPS has made some really cool updates in recent years, ie, adding a premier (aka real) contest option, adding audio and YouTube options, a short story section. There is no such thing as a perfect site or perfect admins. And any time you get a group of artists in a room it's going to be filled with egos and thus a certain amount of angst and/or differences in views. It's life
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Dear Heart
Date: 2/4/2020 9:47:00 AM
Nina, I have gotten so quick at reloading the poem that the 2-reply thingy does not even bother me anymore, but I could see it discouraging some _Constance
Date: 2/4/2020 8:27:00 AM
The Soup still is a wonderful site and as a whole has been flexible responding to member's concerns. Perhaps they'll explain the "Two Reply" rule but, that being said, this is, like anything else in life a microcosm of society as a whole - a collection of expectations of their/our version of perfection, some more vocal than others. John's a great guy and should celebrate those that are closest to him (how many "Best" friends do we truly have) and, as we all should, celebrate the quality and not the quantity of it all. Emotions can get the best of us, I'll be the first to admit and to often with negative results - sorry for those, but John, party with the ones that "brung ya"-all is well!
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Dear Heart
Date: 2/4/2020 9:49:00 AM
Craig, PS does has it's flaws, who doesn't but I think it is still a great poetry site and I have tried many over the years and always come home to PS _Constance

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