Why are good, GREAT, writers, some of my very favorites, announcing that they are leaving Open Salon?
I get that this forum can become time-consuming---as it has been for me at times. When I should be working on my novel, it’s easy enough to slip away and read really great stuff, and comment, and simply focus on drinking tequila and enjoying myself.
It is a delightful world to slip away to……with so much terrific writing, so many disparate thoughts and ideas and life-styles enriching my consciousness.
Yeah, I get that it can be a total time-waster when we have other, more important things to do. So when someone has to leave because they have to focus on their work, and this is a deterrent to that, I get it. Kind of. But not really. I want to say, “Have a little discipline, bucko…honestly. Why all the drama? You can hang here and still do your real writing.”
The drama that I do not get is a great writer leaving because they weren’t “appreciated” by the editors of O/S.
Token Tarheel provided us with really valuable statistics that show that there are many hundreds of posts EVERY DAY. With all of the posts, and the obvious mission of trying to get outside readers in, it’s no wonder that the EP’s are geared to fulfill criteria that have nothing to do with us, the folks that read and comment and post every day.
So if you are hanging your hat on getting EPs, than that’s a flimsy, unrealistic hook, my friend. It pays nothing, and while your fans will surely congratulate you, it will quickly pass, and your fans will stick around and keep reading you, regardless.
We have a terrific and supportive environment here, kids. A writer’s forum where you get feedback, or don’t. If you don’t, maybe you should read and comment and engage the folks that DO get lots of comments and ratings.
And write better. Suck it up, and simply write better, or if you are already a really good writer, engage.
Either way, check in with everyone and rate the stuff that you like (even a little) and comment.
I honestly felt a great relief when I stopped thinking about the EP, and starting thinking about getting comments from folks.
But back to why I wrote this late-night rant: I hate to see folks that I love leave here. I will miss them tremendously, but I won’t let them go without a fight.
Game on, boys….you know who you are!