Up Creek w/Out Paddle
I've been participating more in the past 2 months than I ever have. I find myself visiting PIP sporatically, like being here for a few months than leaving for a few. I very much enjoy reading and responding to the poetry but in all honesty I can only take so much of any one site on a day to day or month to month basis so when I feel I am overdosing on a site, or the internet particularly, I have to bow out for a few days, weeks, even months.
When I 'live' at a site every aspect of my real life suffers. I can't in good conscience commit hour after hour on a daily basis reading every poem. Like ratleader said (or was it someone else?) with so many submissions in one day it equates to reading a book and I can't read a book everyday without sacrificing quality time with my children, my husband, my Notary work, house chores, etc.
So while all of this may sound like an apology, I really have no intentions on giving more time to the forum than I already am. I recognize and acknowledge my limitations and know that if I give any more time to PIP than I already am it is not healthy.
With that said, I have a pet peeve and I have deleted twice my posting of it in Feelings but I think it's worth passing on here. I joined the book submission festivities with an open mind...that I would read the poems and vote when I felt moved by the poems. I should have never clicked on the Vote Tabulations page for one reason (and finally getting to my pet peeve)... I have a real problem with those poets who have dumped their poems and got the heck out of Dodge. It burns me to see big fat goose eggs behind their names, indicating they have not voted for a single poem! I feel their disinterest in the reading/voting process is not in the spirit of the PIP family and it goes against the whole premise of fair participation. So I have decided I will not give my votes to the dumpers, even if I like the poem. If this makes me a mean or vindictive person, well, then so be it but I am boycotting their submissions on principle alone.
Like I said, I can't live here and I can fully understand that others can't live here either but some poets haven't even attempted to make even the least effort.
Thanks for listening. I feel better for getting this off my chest.
Be well, Carry on
[This message has been edited by Chanson (03-19-2003 11:26 PM).]