It just ain't what it used to be.
And its nothing Im gonna rag on staff about... it's not really their fault.
I do miss mods like Kasai and gren.
They made writing poetry here a much more worth while endeavor in my opinion. I miss the judges who were willing to take the time to evaluate the old POTM contest. And, not because I favor that system... but I just appreciate those who cared about writing for the sake of writing! Not a popularity tactic on an anime site geared toward teens. Nor as a way to boost their egos!
I was sad to see the inevitable death of POTM. But I can't kick and scream for it... it was like a grave yard. Maybe Hammer will throw a theme in my PM for sh!ts n giggles. I liked his ideas.
I've always wanted to contribute to the poetry section. I like to write, and I don't mind being picked apart. I also have really enjoyed any time I felt I was able to help inspire a fellow poet through offering insight and feedback.
I just.... have a really hard time doing that now. There are some decent writers... But I don't seem to get there first. Before I know it, someone else has already critiqued them. And then I find I have to comment behind some smug, self proclaimed poetry master. It distracts me from the piece. Quite frankly... I have to stop myself from being insulting. Sure, perhaps there is no right or wrong way to criticize. Eh...
Not only do certain members comment as if they are the Gods and Goddesses of victorious writing. But then.. they write... and praise themselves overly so. Be confident, great, but be humble. For the sake of my sanity.... I just find it gross to the point of being slightly amused. When a member talks about how good of a poet they are. How deeply emotional their work is. How great they seem to find their own work.... all of this self proclaimed skill they have. Behind a mediocre piece.
I'm hoping this little release of frustration doesn't get me in trouble.
But I had to vent somewhere.