Listening to every heart
You have been given some very good and well-meaning advice, and I believe both Brian and Kristie Sue have tied it up very well.
You have posted some 36 posts and responded 164 times. Actually, less then that, if you take away the 36 that are counted in there as originating posts/poems. Which means you have responded some 128 times and quite possibly a few of those were to your own posts. Let's say one response for every 36 posts of yours, so subtract another 36 and now you have possibly responded to others some 92 times. That means, on a ratio, you have posted 2 responses for every post/poem placed somewhere in Passions.
Fortunately, I don't really look at numbers. We DO look at numbers when someone has posted 1000 posts, 3000, 5000, etc., and we congratulate them on their longevity and their sharing! So many members post a poem and then spend time, and so many of them, effort, to give wonderful responses, some very indepth critiques, and share stories of what your poetry brought back to mind.
But posting is not about numbers. It's finding a way of writing that truly becomes "your trademark". It comes about by expanding your horizons and reaching out to find what people ARE reading. I learned early on that rhyming poetry [although I still attempt my hand at some] is NOT my forte. However, some of my free verse seems to please people.
One of the things I am not, and admire others who can be, is a writer of dark, or despairing, poetry. I could very well turn my hand towards all of the darker parts of life - I choose not to. Not that I am not aware of it's reality - but I choose to think that if others have already lived it, been there, done that, perhaps they need something that might give them hope to see them through the next day.
You've been given a lot of good advice to your question - I hope you don't dismiss it so easily because several people have again put time and effort into telling you what is possible, and how to achieve it.
I know that Poet deVine has found and read your poetry. I know that I have found, and read, your poetry. Nothing comes easily. If you truly wish to write, and be read, it is going to take a lot of finger-tapping, thinking, researching, learning, and sharing.
And that's all there is to it!
Karilea - If I whisper, will you listen?...
[This message has been edited by Sunshine (03-29-2003 06:49 PM).]