I would like to start off by saying that I really enjoy writing and being a part of this community. It's tons of fun and a great source to outlet creative writing. I have gotten to know members, and made several "cyber-friends" here on the site. Building relationships in cyberspace is very new to me. While I have always been good friends with email and general computer use, I usually never became a member of any site where I correspond regularly. My opinion is that these are valid relationships/ friendships/ 'or what have you'.
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The only downfall of this type of communicating is that you can greatly misconstrue what someone is trying to say to you because you don't have that direct HUMAN contact. I know I have read comments that hurt my feelings, outraged me, offended me, but even entertained me. There are lots of areas and comments I could list that you should visit and see what I am saying, but frankly you should have encountered this as well.
There seems to be alot of condescending, smart mouthed, snippy and snide remarks just geared toward me after I give excellent ratings and comments to that person. This should be the most offensive act on this site. It's not my fault someone has asked me about myself in comments on one of your pieces. You should never tell someone to "take your comments elsewhere" unless they are directly targeting you in a disrespectful way. When someone does that, it appears that they have little respect for others or even this site. After all, the whole purpose of lit.org is to receive feedback.......right?
Ok, so I am done ranting about that issue.
My BIGGEST problem with the site, is that when I manage writings on this site and see how many times my stuff has been looked at, and then I see how many times it's been rated/commented on and I am discouraged by the numbers. To see my writing looked at nearly a hundred times and then to see that same piece be rated only once, and commented on twice. It's a wee-bit discouraging to see those kind of numbers. After all the whole purpose of the site is feedback on your work....right? Is my stuff that bad that no one can comment?
Mind you, I have enjoyed and accepted ALL the feedback that I have gotten. I am open to ALL kinds of criticism, but with my stuff being looked at hundreds of times and not getting atleast rated, it is disheartening.
Now I am not complaining exactly......rather I am suggesting that if one logged in member reads another logged in members work, they should be REQUIRED to atleast rate that piece of work. Does anyone FEEl me on that? If the whole purpose is to read.write.respond., and gain feedback to better craft our work........then WHY isn't that the guidline?
I am not sure if anyone has ever suggested that, but I personally would not care if I got all 1's on my work, I just want to know how good it is, and one or two comments or ratings out of hundreds of views is NOT enough.
DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion, and should be viewed as a suggestion and not a rant. I apologize if anyone takes offense to this.:-)
John K Brewster
"Willows whiten, aspens quiver, little breezes dusk and shiver"- Lord Tennyson