on the threshold of a dream
I guess I'm going against the consensus... but... go against it I must. *S* I'm a person who tries to read as many poems as possible... but because of time constraints (and a glitch that makes me have to type in my name and password for every single post from home, which leaves me with even less time) I don't respond to even half the poems I read. Also, I'm not a critic... I don't have the knowledge and expertise to critique a poem's format or the ego to blast the poem itself if I don't like it... I simply move on.
The truth is, I assume (and yes, I know what they say about assuming) that my poems are read... I have no need whatsoever to know how many times they were read, for I realize they're not everyone's cup of tea... no hard feelings. *S* But I enjoy any comments that are left for I know that people are giving me the gift of their time as well as a compliment on my poetry. I'm not sure I'd want to know how many people have read my poem without comment...
To me, THAT is a negative comment.... I fail to see how it encourages a newbie or an old-timer to know that people have read, shrugged, and kept on going. And because I feel strongly that it is a negative comment, I fear my response to having such a counter would be to STOP reading poems I suspect I'll not be commenting on. Even though I know that in doing so, I'll miss some treasures.
But maybe I'm just not into the numbers games. I thought this was about writing and reading poetry... and having a good time with other poets. Unless I'm missing something, there's no prize for having a high reply count... (Ron, if there is, couldja please make it monetary? LOL) I will admit that I search out certain poets and probably always will as long as their agile minds keep creating wonderful poetry... but after making almost 1700 comments, I can't think of a single time I've chosen to read a poem because of the number of replies it has received.
[This message has been edited by suthern (edited 11-29-1999).]