Following on from my original post regarding the lack of participation and commenting from members, I would like to propose some changes. They are not without fault, but at this point, few are writing or commenting anyway.
In order to get a member to post and be commented on, I propose a simple obligation. Anyone who posts on a particular day, regardless of number, must also comment on at least two other works on that day. Will this upset a few, who obviously don’t like to comment? Well if it does who cares…they are not really contributing anyway. A site like TCE is for writers to express themselves but also for critique and sharing from within the writing fraternity. One without the other is an imbalance, one which presently plagues TCE. Without effort and obligation, no site will thrive.
Secondly, the manner of comments should change from the pleasantries now being accepted, to a more professional critique, offering if necessary, some tips or suggestions to improve the work. We have a profoundly talented group here and the combined experience is outstanding. What with all this talent and knowledge, we can’t help each other to grow our perspective and skill set? This should not be an obligation but a privilege, to share and aspire to greater quality of work.
If we adopt these simple tasks to the process here on TCE, I believe it will head us in the right direction. Once people have begun to change their habits, the camaraderie will improve and the quality of communication will benefit the site enormously. Also an obvious change in numbers commenting would hopefully bring back members that have relented on the site.
Writers need to be read and also have feedback, as we all learn from these encounters. As professionals, we cannot take criticism to heart, provided it is given in the context of positive giving. Often we never see what is obvious to someone else, particularly from our peers, who may see what we do not. So sharing and trying to improve is what we all want, is it not? I believe if there is nothing positive to say about a work, then approach it generally, perhaps emphasizing what could improve it. Negative reviews are just hurtful and never helpful.
I ask you all to consider these two changes to try to draw back those writers we have for all purposes, lost. We need equity, sharing and obligation to make this site, with all its potential, break this holding pattern.
Tony DeLorger © 2018
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