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.