I was just sitting here reading all the terrific prose on the site and then admonished myself for something to which I was glaringly negligent. \'What?\'... you all say with bated breath - OK, not bated but perhaps mildly interested. I haven\'t been rating the pieces here and for what ever you think of that system I believe it is a good tool. For our new members, there is a box at the top right of the screen, in all postings, that allows you to rate what you read. Now, I know it is subjective, but it allows those of us who are not comfortable providing lengthy comments, because we don\'t feel we are adequate or not qualified to do that (not true - any comment is always appreciated) or just not comfortable in writing about other peoples work. (That\'s cool too!) Providing a rating lets the writer know that you are out there reading their effort. We writers don\'t get many strokes and no one wants to criticize - so where else do we get honest feedback for this lonely work we do? The answer is here at Litdotorg. So if you don\'t feel comfortable (yet) commenting rate the work you read.
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Here is the thing with the application - you can\'t write a comment and then go up and rate in the same action. You will lose your comment. If you are commenting post it first - then go back to that thread and go to the rating box and post your number. I promise I will do better as well.
Bless you all, each and every one!
Why is doing what you love the hardest thing to do? Is it because failing what you thought defined you would be too devastating a thing from which to recover? If so, we stay where mere accident has left us.