Member Rara Avis
When you originally registered as a Member, you were emailed your password, along with a letter of introduction. If you tracked that letter down, you should find a few paragraphs in it that read like this:
I'd also like to offer you some personal advice, something you
won't find officially posted at Passions.
The very first thing a new member typically wants to do is post
their poetry. After all, that's what Passions is all about and
you've probably got quite a bit of it that we've never seen. And
I assure you, we're all looking forward to it, too. But I'm
afraid if you jump in and immediately post several poems
back-to-back, you might be a little disappointed with the
results. No one is going to yell at you (if only 'cause most of
us have done it). But you might not get as many responses as
you'd like either.
Here's my advice. Comment on a number of poems first, maybe a
half dozen or more. Everyone likes to see comments on their work.
And, as they see your name, they'll start looking for YOUR
poetry. Then post ONE of your poems, TWO at the most. I can
practically guarantee you that you'll get more responses. Most of
the members try to comment on two or three poems for every poem
of their own they post. Shoot, some of our members comment on ten
or twenty for every one of their own. There's no hard and fast
rules. Just common courtesy.
You can lead a new Member to water, but even drowning them ain't going to make them drink it.