Don’t forget to keep checking back here all week, as people continue to contribute well past Wednesday. I’ll be by for what I know will be some good reads. Please help your fellow 3WW participants by stopping by as well and leaving comments. We all win when we review the work.
In sensitivity to Pia’s comments, I try like hell to read up on all. Sometimes my commitments won’t allow it. I have tried at minimum, to reciprocate with those who have commented on my blog. If I missed anyone so far, my apologies. I’d like to add that I like to make my comments substantive as I can. I personally prefer one honest critique over 10 obliging niceties. But that’s just me. Quality over quantity. Hoping to read yours this evening, everyone!
I didn’t mean to come off snippy, arrogant, etc and apologize if I did. I haven’t been participating much in the past year or so as I was moving and couldn’t focus on commenting and don’t think it fair just to write
I’m trying to decide if 3WW has become a vehicle for poets and I shouldn’t participate anymore.
I do believe that a blogger is part of a larger community and as such has to give back even if it’s just a comment. again I’m thinking out loud and don’t expect every participant to comment every week
Pia, I don’t think your apologies are necessary. Thom addressed this very topic just a couple of weeks ago and I think your concerns are valid. I have wrestled with the idea of just writing to the prompt without posting here, if I felt I couldn’t fully participate. Still food for thought. I’m new to 3WW, but I hope my writing poetry won’t discourage what you write. I was happy to discover your writing here and would continue to look forward to it. : )
PS: I didn’t think you sounded snippy or arrogant.
This discussion thread is very good to have – and is exactly why I wanted to continue 3WW in Bone’s absence. That we can be creative – poets, fiction writers and those who write essays and nonfiction – and come together for a common theme. Three little words, use them as you see fit. I’ve seen poets kick out some terrific flash fiction pieces; I’ve seen essayists pop out a poem that sings.
It is about crafting something – making Earth a better place by just by participating.
I do know that some people feel like their not qualified to critique someone’s work. I felt that way years ago. But if you give an honest assessment of what you’ve read – what you like, what confused you – you are being honest. And honesty is the best policy.
I have NO idea if I’m doing this right, it’s my first time submitting a comment, as well as this being the first cyber community of writers I’ve ever interacted with. I was blessed to have Pia’s blog find its way to me, which I have found inspiring and welcoming.
I didn’t mean this is as for me or my blog in p;articular but 3WW and all blogging exercises, blog roles and other things are rare opportunities to see communities in formation and this is a subject I could talk about forever…
The debate that ensued had reaching effects.
One should comment as it itself is a great source of inspiration to fellow bloggers.
But being in the thick and thin of our work,there are times when we are unable to..
And as far as the idea of 3ww being a place for poems only-is something I wont agree to.
I have seen here the most varied stuff one could come across,let it be fiction,memoirs,proses,haikus,stories,poems and a lot more.
I am pulled to 3ww only because how a simple set of 3 words on a simple wednesday bring the most varied prespective from different writers.
I just love the diversity.
Coz 3ww is the only reason I wait with baited breath on every wed evry week.
And thanks all for such wonderful creations.
You simply make my day
I have been participating in 3WW for a long time now. Lately I have not been a good visitor or commenter. But I said that on my blog that March and April are kind of busy for me. Academically, I sometimes find time constrains.
I am a poet. I see myself like that. That has not stopped me from writing non-fiction posts for 3WW. As ThomG would say, I also have written book reveiws using the words. Is it not upon us how we give in to our creativity by making use of the 3 words? Be it in a poem, flash fiction, non-fiction, or a novel/novella if one writes that. Anything.
Yes, I strongly believe that many of us have been brought together because of 3WW. FRom places we otherwise won’t know.
And whatever we write, why should that stop us from reading others? I love the flash fictions posted for 3WW. I enjoy the Haiku. You name it, I love it.
Pia, I always read you in my google reader even if I don’t come and comment.
I really didn’t mean to begin this debate. Maybe I did, but the fire here (no lives lost, many acres destroyed) kind of put things in perspective
Nobody should expect everybody to comment every week. But I know that I would comment and comment and comment and feel…wow, once I wrote well–now. Or maybe it was my lack of “blog socializing” which men seem to be immune from but women are expected to do and I couldn’t
The sad part is that you become reliant on comments. It’s the only “payment” a blogger receives.
I didn’t care but I heard so many complaints and saw so many bloggers not posting a new post until they got 20 or more comments.
I would be reading one person’s post and in comments another person would be singled out as “a great writer” etc, and really it was because of the amount of comments
I know I’m difficult to comment to. My writing has never lent itself to comments.
In person I’m soft spoken and assertive in a nice way. Few people believe I’m a New Yorker. It’s only in blogs that my fangs come out and again I apologize if I made anybody uncomfortable
Thom thanks again for keeping 3WW and for encouraging dialogue. I think 3WW can be the most valuable exercise because of it
I’ve said as much as well. I understand that we have lives and obligations. But here’s the deal: if you drop a link, then make time to comment to others. When there are 30 plus links shared each week, nobody should have less than 5 comments.
And when did we stop the practice of linking back to the original prompt? Linking back makes it easier to access another post to comment to.
There are some participants who fail to acknowledge commenters on their own blog and don’t see to bother leaving their own island to comment to others.
I don’t think you’re being unreasonable. Give and get. And would it kill any of us to go beyond the call and simply comment even on week’s when we don’t post a contribution of our own?
Commenting is the only way to let a fellow blogger know you’re reading them and encouraging them. Tracking stacks is not the same as interaction.
I’m glad you spoke up, Pia. I thought I was in the minority and wrong for saying something previously. You were neither snippy nor arrogant.
Everyone might not be comfortable giving a critique but we all can say what we like and if you don’t like something and are uncomfortable saying so then consider asking or question or admitting something did quite work for you.
There is inherent vulnerability and risk in writing and sharing it. But if you’re participating in a group activity, I think it’s fair to assume you’re interested in growing as a writer or at the very least, willing to accept that some readers won’t gush over your work.
Anyhoo, thanks Thom and thanks Pia for speaking up.