A week ago I received a private message on Facebook. In it the writer complained that when she posts at The Sunday Whirl very few people comment on her poems. She also noted that not even I (the blog hostess) post or comment every week. She’s right. I am a bit of an absentee blog hostess. I started the Whirl several years ago. When The Sunday Whirl began, Magpie Tales was on Wednesday, or maybe Monday. There were very few prompt blogs for Sunday. It seemed like a good idea. The person who wrote to me also said there is far more traffic at other prompt sites on Sunday. I’m not sure exactly what she wanted me to do, or what her overall point was.
All of that said, The Sunday Whirl will continue to be here for you. I do not post a piece from undercaws, each week. When I do post, I generally comment on your work, especially if you leave comments on mine. If you can, please comment on the work of your fellow writers the weeks you write here. If you are busy, no big deal. Do what you can. We all have obligations and passions outside of this space. The breadth and dearth of The Sunday Whirl traffic happens.
I know a few other prompt sites fuel your muses on Sundays. I am not the blog nor the comment police. We are adults. I hope you continue to enjoy the Whirl, and aren’t too put out by a blog hostess who doesn’t participate each week. I love setting words out there. Eat them up. May they feed your work.
I do not expect comments and life being busy comment as much as I can which is not as much as some. I see comments more as courtesy in most cases since commenting does not involve critical analysis, i.e. people pretty much say nice things which is nice but not crucial.
I love your prompts and don’t mind in the least if I get any comments or not. I simply enjoy responding to your prompts.
life can be so hard … but writing well it’s the best creative expression around … thank u for the whirl …
Well, I have never participated here and just hopped over here from some blog. The way you have written this post is so full of feelings and there is a parental touch to that post. I believe you and other with these prompts are helping ease out that block that so often halts the progress.
I have no idea why I write this here, probably the effect of this post of yours. Kudos for your effort and Best wishes. 🙂
Well over a year ago, I realized that my energy levels were depleted and no longer able to contend with more than one poem a week. That, for me, was a turning point and I chose the Whirl for that activity because of you and your ongoing sense of responsibility and support for this community we both care about. I have chosen to add the Whirligig simply because it expands the possibilities of what might happen. We do what we can do and that is enough. It sometimes takes me a few days to respond to comments, but I do it because I often find inspiration in the poetry I read. Not only for the writing, but for my life as well. I can’t thank you enough for supplying my weekly fix. You made my decision a very easy one and one I don’t regret.
Although I usually try to comment on everyone’s posts when I post to the Whirl, I agree with the others….we all get busy, so I appreciate the lack of ‘policing’ here. We are adults. The Whirl is great inspiration–both the wordle words and reading what other people create out of them, so I am grateful for that 🙂 Thank you!!
Amen to your comments!
I’m glad you’re not into policing! 😉
Brenda – I was never an early Sunday morning riser – until the Whirl … I have hundreds of poems inspired by “where the words whirl me” … I enjoy the lack of “policing” and the other poets whom I have come to know and who I believe have come to know me… It is a joy to have you back – you were sorely missed – as the ole song goes “don’t go changing” – some like a great deal more of “instruction” others such as myself enjoy being able to swallow up the words and find myself transported and to enjoy the work of others. Thank you and again a belated welcome back – you were very much missed and are deeply deeply appreciated.
The whirl is perfect for me…one time I had a piece removed from the Toads by Grace, needless to say I don’t write there anymore. If you can accept me as I am, sometime I have more time, and sometime I don’t, I try to get to everyone who comments on mine…but sometime I am just too busy with other things. I love to read what each one writes, but as I said, sometime I don’t have much time on the computer. Oh well, sometimes we just need to bitch.
Brenda, I like your words. They’re inspired. I participate for the fun of it, and I hope that you do, too.
Brenda, your whirl is the first thing I look for on a Sunday morning, and I really appreciate the effort you put in. Your wordles have been the kickstart for some of my better writing, and even when I am in the writing doldrums, as now, the challenge gives me that all-important kick in the backside!
OK, sometimes nothing comes, or only comes a long while later. But your prompt remains in an open Word document until either I have written a poem, or a new Wordle has arrived.
Always appreciate the whirl and the effort it takes thank you – including posting early bird words on Facebook…the best thing about our community is the spirit of it..the feeling of belonging…of knowing that people take time to read your work and understand when you can’t get back to theirs etc…a few genuine comments and good writing is worth more than anything often both personally and as a blogger..writing isn’t about numbers after all…so THANK YOU- we for one think the Whirl is perfect
I’m new to Sunday Whirl. I understand the comment in FB as I’m used to getting more responses on other prompts, including the host’s. I suppose it creates a more collegial atmosphere. But I don’t let the absence of comments derail me. I still post a poem if I fancy the words thrown together. So thanks for putting in the effort.