Listening to every heart
I can relate to your question, Krysti, and to Ali's comments, for I joined just a few weeks after he did. But he had a past with a lot of our originating members, and they brought the best with them to create this new world.
When I was "new" to the internet and poetry sites, I didn't realize that it was always a good thing to back up my poetry. I just entered and left behind traces of me. But when I got here, and realized what could be left, and what could be lost, then I realized I needed to "back things up." Not all sites have the integrity to make a library, or an archive, as Ron, our webmaster, has done.
As Ali said, some of our former members just won't be able to return here, but their words live on. I knew all of those who are no longer with us. I'm very grateful Ron has such foresight.
Will this site be here in five years? Will half of our 10,000 plus members still be here?
I guess you and I will have to hang around to see.