Last night, I sent Tom a message asking him to please remove my name from the poems and short works rankings. He answered politely, “Sorry that you are having a bad experience from it. But, sorry, that is not an option.
Seems to be a bad thing with many members unhappy with ‘frequent posters’ on the site. Recently, a member wrote a terrific essay on “Two-a-Day. Her piece dealt with frustrations in not being able to keep up with members writing and posting so often. It was excellent writing and full of emotion and good ‘talking points.’
Because I’ve been one of those guilty parties who has been posting the daily limit of two, I decided to read the reviews of her piece to see how others were feeling. It seems we ,‘frequent posters’, have been annoying many on the site, both newbies and old-timers.
I love the act of writing and felt I found a place to share my stories, but now I find I’m feeling like a most unwelcome guest. Strong statements of members’ feelings were ‘cluttering up their message box’ and ‘better to post quality over quantity’. These are just a couple of examples I read in the reviews.
There seemed to be no messages or feelings of happiness or pleasure for those who were enjoying spurts of writing inspiration and recording them.
I never wanted any of the writers here on Fan Story feeling I sprint to stay ahead. I never felt I was running a race, just writing out of love for the art. I can’t speak for other frequent posters, but I am weary of the accusations and finger pointing.
I learn by reading, so will probably continue to do so for awhile. I follow several terrific writers and thoroughly enjoy their stories and poems. But I won’t post my writings any longer after this commentary. I plan to move my writings to a private website. There I can write and post for the love of it and not annoy anyone when I have writing spurts.
I’m sure some of you will say “why this attention-getting, dramatic essay?” Yes, it’s meant to be ‘attention-getting.’ Writers on this site should know, more than anyone else, that words can hurt, do damage.
Since frequent writing and posting is causing pain, pressure or both on other writers, then I want out. Hurting others, in any manner or fashion, is not in my playbook.
I thought our goal, as writers, was to write, but evidently, here, it is to compete. I don’t want to be a competitor. Maybe it’s the stupid ranking and star system on this site causing the problem. I feel it has much to do with the anxiety, anger, and/or competitive pressure being expressed by some of the members. I wish it would all be banished and leave this space for writing, reading, and reviewing.
As I said, I never wanted to be a competitor. I’m out of the race. I’ve parked my car and moved to the side of the road. All are free to pass now as they always were. I was never in a no-posting or no-passing zone. The road now belongs to you who consider the race the end-all or the prize. Enjoy the prize. Enjoy the rank. I never wanted it.
Thanks to my fans. I appreciated your time, support and encouragement.