I've copied your statements verbatim so you can see that I am not taking your words out of context.
First. I apologize that my statement offended you. It was not my intention. I was merely responding to your first statement about your 'numbers'.
Yeah well I'm pretty proud of my addiction.... I just registered in January, and I'm already #46 on the Top 100 posters page
I must say I'm a little more than displeased with your reaction to my statement. In fact, I'm quite offended.
All that I said was "I have a high post count." And all that that means is that I read and reply a lot, it's only somewhat indicitave of the time I spend in here simply because of my own tendency to reply to everything I read. Which is, once again, my tendency.
I'm not so shallow as to reply like crazy simply because I want a high number.
The reason I read and reply in PIP is because people like to get replies. It's one of the things that makes PIP what it is, if we didn't get replies we simply wouldn't have such an interactive level as we already do.
Suffice it to say I reply simply because I like recieving replies myself, and I know other people do too. In fact, in that sense I'm a proud to be one of the Teen #4 omni-repliers that people can always count on to read and reply to their work.
I read poetry not only because I enjoy it, but also because people deserve to have their work read and I like to make people happy.
I don't like how you are all making me sound so shallow, I really don't appreciate it in the least.
I hope you think about this for a moment.
Well, I have thought about it for a moment. Actually I've thought about this for a long time.
I don't believe I tried to make you sound shallow. I think you are truly interested in the poetry and the camaraderie here at Passions. But there is a heady pleasure in seeing the numbers climbing. That's why our friends post congratulatory announcements for us when we hit hallmark numbers. Frankly, I would rather no one noticed mine! When we began PiP, we were few. Achieving 1000 posts was an amazing feat. Today, with over 5,000 members, achieving 1000 posts is something one can do in a week if one spends a lot of time here.
When Teen Explorer took off into a 'chat' direction, I was pleased. Finally you had a place to meet and play and just talk. And that racks up the posts. There is nothing wrong with that.
But back to your original statement - your words sounded full of pride at achieving #46 in the stats. And that is what I have a problem with. Replying for replying sake isn't good for the poet or for the one who replies. (By the way, I know you are not one of those! I'm making a general statement here).
Well Albert, you still know me a bit better than that... the assumption about my motives was what I really took offense to in your reply.
I think you should realize that sure, I am proud of my post count. Because each post represents either a poem read, a poem shared or a thought expressed in here.
And I like to think that I'm making a contribution to this family. I have nothing against people who don't reply to everything they read, that's fine.
But it certainly doesn't give you the right to condemn me for being pleased with my numeric representation of my participation in these forums.
I don't think anyone condemned you. I certainly didn't. If you look closely at my post:
Is it about the numbers??? You seem to be proud of the rising number under your name.. I challenge you to read and NOT reply..that's addiction. The other is ADDITION...
Do you see that there at the end? It's a little 'devil' smilie. That was put there because I knew I was going to be stinker and raise someone's hackles!
So again, I apologize.
[This message has been edited by Poet deVine (edited 05-07-2001).]