I find myself in a quandary, perplexed by the very people who can make or break a site like ‘The Creative Exiles’… the writers themselves. Perhaps there are more numbers visiting the site, views and a silent support for the work we do here, but in the end a writer wants feedback. Few people contribute here, and fewer actually comment on the work, which doesn’t say they appreciate the talent of those committed writers who do contribute freely on the site.
Many of us write for several sites, but we are either committed to this site or not and our interactive communications are paramount to developing a community of writers who actually care and support one another. Personally I have given my all in order to help try to grow the site and in that pursuit have devoted much time to that end. However, as comments dwindle to nothing and connection with most writers non-existent, it is becoming difficult to maintain momentum.
John Hansen made a valid point awhile ago, regarding the need for real critiques that would help us better our craft, rather than the standard back-patting gestures of recognition. I believe John’s right; we need to be more engaged in our craft by being honest and kind, by relaying positive critiques that help us all to improve the art. Instead we’ve all been just going through the motions with no real positivism, just pleasantries.
I own about 55% of the content of this site, I’m prolific and was encouraged from the beginning to just keep posting. These days I post less, because I want others to post more, but that is slow to come as few listed writers on this site are contributing. How can we entice writers to join and fully participate? Because if we cannot, the site will stagnate. Love to hear from everyone regarding this, as I love being here and I’d hate to have to abandon The Creative Exiles because of the problems that exist with commitment and participation.
Tony DeLorger © 2017
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