Member Rara Avis
Well, Mia, I certainly can't answer for everyone.... but as for myself, the answer would be "no". There's a LOT of poems being submitted on these forums... Geesh, did you check out the number of members? I think this says a lot about the number of people who love to read & write poetry which is a VERY good thing. There's a lot of talent here, as well. I, for one, find that I just don't have the time to comment on many poems. If I post one, I try to at least respond to 2 or 3. Sometimes, I have constructive criticism about a poem because I don't think it is as good as it *could* be. Other times, I only comment with a positive statement.
I think I know what you're getting at, though.... correct me if I'm wrong. Does it make you feel sort of slighted when you don't get any responses or maybe only 1, yet others are getting 7, 10, 12 responses? I know I feel the same way sometimes and I have to stop and say to myself, "Self.... that's ridiculous. Don't feel slighted because you didn't get any responses. Maybe your poem wasn't even read."
What I'm trying to say is, PLEASE don't let the lack of responses or minimal number of responses discourage your writing. We all want attention... that's just human nature... and it feels good to get positive comments from your peers who are also struggling writers.... but geez.... there's so many of us here. Write, write, write.... and post, post, post...
ALSO.... VERY IMPORTANTLY... I suggest responding to others as much as you can. That way, those people who you are responding to get to know your name and get to know YOU and will more likely respond to your poetry in the future.