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April 15, 2010

So what else might people have to say or share?  Here’s the place!

  1. April 15, 2010 3:44 pm

    Ha! And it is OK to comment right here. Whichever and to so many of the posts as you desire! ~Neil

  2. Mallery permalink
    April 15, 2010 4:28 pm

    I posted this on the conversation at Nicole’s blog, and said I would cross-post it here:

    Neil, good on you for taking the next step and creating a site we can work with! After I commented last week, I have been following this discussion silently as I couldn’t offer any time or resources of my own, but now that someone has made steps forward I’d like to point out that to actually get this going, somebody needs to take charge as organiser. Neil has taken charge as far as creating a site, which was an important first step. Now would anyone like to step up to organise all of us?

    I don’t have the time or energy to do that, but I can volunteer to provide prompts (whether that’s on a weekly basis or less frequently if the task is shared with others or done round-robin style) and eventually I’d be willing to write articles as well. I’ll provide a first prompt on Thursday 6 May, and we can post our poems the following Wednesday. Anyone else who wants to join me in providing weekly prompts, I am happy and able to organise that aspect of the site. Email me if you want to provide a prompt and the date (pick a Thursday date!) you’d like to do so, and we’ll get started. If only a small number want to do this, we can set up a rotation, or if lots of people want to, we can do it by signing up for specific dates.

    I reckon we move this conversation to We Write Poems, the new blog Neil has made for us to use as we establish what we’ll do next. I’ll post this comment there as well. I’m so happy to see that so many of us want the community that RWP started to continue!

    See you at WWP,

    • April 15, 2010 6:27 pm

      Thanks Mallery and “good on you”!

      Delighted to see you here and I’ll be in touch soon to set you up for May and doing prompts. ~Neil

  3. April 15, 2010 6:34 pm

    Thank you for doing up this shell site Neil. I like both the name WWP and the colour has a sweet and soothing feel as well. It’s simple and sweet (KISS).

    It’s already off to a start, with Mallery who’s offered to take charge of organising the weekly prompt. Anyone can email a prompt as and when they feel one in their heads. Now we need to spread the word.

    As Joseph Harker mentioned, I’d like to see different people contribute to a variety of pages on the site. So for instance, we could have thematic pages – poems inspired by art, by music, by science, etc. A monthly poet special feature series, to let us steep in a particular poet and his work. I think poets look for inspiration everywhere, so having themes would help us stretch ourselves to write about different things. Having a free and easy structure for people who want to participate articles will make this site vibrant and functional for post RWP. Poets just wanna have fun. There needs to be an editor though. You need an editor to sieve through what’s acceptable to post. To keep the site’s character so it doesn’t become a monster for all.

    I stop here. Spread the word, people reading this.

    • April 15, 2010 6:56 pm

      Thanks Irene. Good ideas! I’m taking notes.

      And welcome to WeWritePoems!

  4. Mallery permalink
    April 16, 2010 4:09 am

    Thanks rallentanda, I’ll write you down for the 13th. I say go for it for editor if no one else wants to, I’ll support you! I’m happy to still organize and edit the weekly prompts, but not the whole site contents.

  5. April 16, 2010 4:56 am

    Rall, I second Mallery’s vote for you as editor! I had a good laugh looking at your latest header featuring D…your headers are so much will be such a blast having your inimitable humour on these pages. That’s the way aha aha I like it….

  6. April 16, 2010 7:37 am

    Irene has pointed me in this direction… looks like things are off to a good start. 🙂 If we’re already committing to prompts, I’d be happy to volunteer one for May 20th (or whenever), and offer any kind of assistance I can beyond that. (Whether it be articles, or workshopping, or design feedback, or networking…)

    We should see how the next two weeks play out elsewhere, as well. There are a lot of people keen on building their own place from the impending rubble of RWP, and it would behoove us all to stay up-to-date on everyone’s thoughts/ideas/activities, in a camaraderie kind of way, not a creepy-KGB kind of way.

    • April 16, 2010 10:10 am

      Exactly! Thank you Joseph, and welcome here! Good to see you here. Yes, I want to see how many noses poke themselves above the surf, see what we got to work with and what else is happening elsewhere too. ~Neil

  7. April 16, 2010 7:38 am

    Rall, I third Mallery’s vote for you. I think your touch will lend a unique feel to WWP.

    I would be happy to provide May 20th’s prompt.

    And I’m posting a link to this site on my blog now. (Introducing: We Write Poems)


  8. April 16, 2010 7:38 am

    Oops! Since Joseph volunteered to do the 20th, I’ll do the 27th.


  9. April 16, 2010 9:11 am

    I would like to help in organizing this new endeavor, and a significant part of my career, in addition to being a designer, has been as a Development and Reorganization Strategist and consultant for a number of companies, Lucasfilm Ltd,’s technologies division probably the most notable.

    However, I am also AADHD and only truly perform at peak capability in a sit-down, face-to-face business meeting environment, where minutes are kept and action items assigned and recorded. The randomness and chaos of the approach here shuts me down, and I fully realize this is your only option of working through this — so I am standing back and observing with great interest.

    What I can do most effectively, once you have your overall concept and approach sorted out, is to analyze the form and function and report on it’s strengths and weaknesses and provide a detailed summary and findings with recommendations of how it might be tweaked for efficiency.

    This is my core strength, as the AADHD also provides me with the most useful component of hyper-focus — so I offer this final analysis service if it is of interest to the group. If there is no interest I am perfectly fine with that.

    I look forward to following and posting on WWP, but cannot volunteer for ongoing involvement because I will be moderating Writer’s Island again beginning May 1st. This momentum you have going here is admirable, and I commend you for it Keep going! 😉

    Image & Verse
    Writer’s Island

    • April 16, 2010 10:04 am

      Thank you so much Rob! I suspect I’ll be coming back to you. My principal qualification here is simply that I did something to make this real. Now begins the interesting task to nurture the organization, and yes, helping to keep things focused and the sub-functions easy to be performed.

      I’m pretty methodical however I don’t mean to do this “by myself”. That’s neither my interest nor willingness – as well, not the point of WWP. So we’ll let things settle for a while. Slowly begin to move. The way seeds do.
      Thanks Rob. ~Neil

  10. April 16, 2010 9:58 am


    First I’d say we want to adopt a look-and-see attitude for the present moment. What are our interests (think we much know that initially) and what resources can we muster together:
    a) areas of interest
    b) skills
    c) availability
    d) willingness
    And we want to allow some time for people to find this site and then have their say about participation before we draw too many lines as such. That’s important I think in the spirit of openness.

    It would be good I think to identify a beginning core group of people who want to make the wheels turn. THEN we can get specific about tasks and roles. I think, I’m sure, lots happened out of sight at RWP and we’ll discover them as we proceed.

    We have a place. This one at least. So the thread of RWP will continue as we want it too. No need to rush. Let’s take a breath, greet the faces we find here! Welcome ourselves!

    Prompts, as one key component, shouldn’t be too hard to begin and I have some comments that way too, as a suggestion and possible framework functionally. I will post a new topic here for PROMPTS specifically, to discuss more details. (The prompt site page I’ve not yet even made. But that’s next on my agenda.)

    PLEASE make use of the different postings to keep discussions focused. (I agree with Rob, getting too scattered or getting too broad in one conversation makes getting to the real task a little farther out of hand.)

    Baby-steps right now is probably good. I would really like to see this site develop as a cohesive whole and until I get a partner-in-crime it’s just me making the “bones”. I am however I must also say, fully committed to making this place a shared operation with what’s at hand to use for that purpose.

    And a reminder PLEASE. Do please SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS through the email “contact” link. (They will not be publicly posted.) This is necessary for me in order to get you appropriate access to this WWP site. Tell me also if your current personal blog is WordPress or not.

    Again, thank you all for your interest and appreciation. I am honored to be one of us in this community.

    • April 16, 2010 11:23 am

      Yes, baby steps on everything is a solid strategy, and everything should be open for review and discussion. Being an artist and designer, I agree with Rall — we should be patient and careful regarding the look and format of the final site. Something that is visually exciting to visit.

  11. April 16, 2010 10:07 am

    Thanks Rall. Welcome aboard. I think we can address your concern pretty easily. More later when I get the PROMPTS topic posted, and that site page up and working. Soon.
    Big thanks!

  12. April 16, 2010 10:23 am

    Thanks Rall. So good to have you here! Yes, I too love the artwork on your blog. I think there’s a place and way we could use some artwork for WWP. Do you have Photoshop or equivalent for formatting?

    Please send me your email address (via contact link) and we can work out some details. Thanks! ~Neil

  13. April 16, 2010 12:08 pm

    Just for grins, I created a temporary WWP badge for my personal poetry/writing site, Image & Verse. I have it linked to WWP as well. In no way intended to be anything permanent, but if you’re curious, click on my site name herein and check down in my right sidebar in the “writing blogs” section…


    • April 16, 2010 11:35 pm

      Ha! Nicely done Rob. A badge/logo has flitted through my thoughts, although a few other things to do first! Definitely a good starter-up and I’m glad to see it going up on at least one other blog already now.

      Will be a good “arts” project when we get more settled in.

  14. April 16, 2010 7:46 pm

    take a nap & look what happens!

    looks like things are off to a great start.

    @mallery — I’d love to add to the prompts! please put me on the list & let me know when.
    @neil — just wondering about getting the word out: should wwp get a twitter?
    @rob — I like your badge.
    @joseph — maybe we could use @creepykgb as a twitter name.

    • April 16, 2010 11:44 pm

      Were you napping Angie? Great to see you here!

      I’m a bit old fashioned I guess – don’t really FB or Twitter! And good idea (both actually) but first, we gotta have something more to present I think. When we get there, then (not necessarily me) but some of the WWP area “directors” (?) might well want to include doing that.

      If you’re good with either FB or Twitter, and that interests you, you might want to say that on the “participation” post as a skill you’d like to pursue. (SUCH APPLIES TO ALL OF US!) Thanks.

    • Mallery permalink
      April 17, 2010 6:19 am

      Angie, you can have May 6 for a prompt. -Mallery

      • April 17, 2010 6:44 am

        thanks, Mallery!

        wait — may 6?
        I’ll have to get my thinking cap on. I hope it still fits.
        (it’s a little out-of-shape from all this napowrimo business!)

  15. Irene permalink*
    April 16, 2010 9:31 pm

    @rob – thanks! I’ve stuck the WWP badge up my blog too.

  16. April 17, 2010 4:50 am

    I’m interested, but I’m unsure where my skills would fit best. Irene suggested I visit. Thank you, Irene. I hadn’t realized RWP world was collapsing. I love so many of the ideas I’ve read here. For me, the prompts would be my primary interest, but frequent visits and site design with clever mentions of articles would lure me in to other areas. I love reading new poets, so featuring poets is a great idea. You might want to recruit someone for visiting blogs of prompt users for analysis/ recruiting. Look forward to watching WWP grow and blossom.

    • Irene permalink*
      April 17, 2010 4:39 pm

      Yousei, we could share. Share a poet(s) you like and why. It will be an interesting forum thread. Do you have any Japanese poets you read for instance?

      • April 17, 2010 5:36 pm

        I do have many poets I like, but I just realized that I assumed the monthly poet special feature would be a contributing poet, not a . . . “classic” or pubished poet. I’m wondering if the feature should focus on established poets? Or if it could include those like Joseph, who is talented and growing in publications? Or maybe two different sections. Perhaps future competitions could include being featured in the up-and-coming section?

    • April 19, 2010 6:29 pm

      Thank you Yousei for coming to visit and your interest here. I hope we’ll continue to have your company. Right now we’re mostly building the bones, the basics here, but as that settles in we’ll certainly want to look farther out into new possibilities.
      Thanks again. ~Neil

  17. Mallery permalink
    April 17, 2010 6:41 am

    We’ve got the first 5 prompts already lined up. Off to a great start! Yousei, I like your idea about having someone visit blogs for recruiting, etc. Would you be up for it? I agree with several who have said the final design aspects should be done slowly, so we don’t rush into a “look” and then change it two months down the line when we realise what it is we really want. The badge that Rob made looks great for now. Maybe eventually we can run a badge design contest, once we’re up and running and know what kind of look we’re going for?

    • April 17, 2010 5:39 pm

      I would love to but maybe having more than one “recruiter” would be a better idea. I’m afraid I might be disowned if I spend much more time on my “hobby” than I already do. (Yep, that was a touch of bitterness in there. Good call.) I do like reading good poetry. There ought to be some criteria for choosing poets to promote. Perhaps that should be hashed out first.

    • April 19, 2010 7:22 pm

      Great Mallery! Good job getting the prompts lined up for us!

      Right now I’m reviewing all of the comments made here at WWP and to me by email, and making list of names, emails & interests, just to get it all in one place condensed.

      And tonight or tomorrow, especially for you, I’ll start getting access to the site setup for those appropriate. The process is slightly different depending whether you’re already on WordPress or another blog system.

      Please let me know if you are WordPress or something else.
      Thanks, Neil

      • Mallery permalink
        April 21, 2010 3:31 am

        I’m on wordpress, my username is malleryk

      • April 21, 2010 3:41 am

        Thanks Mallery. Did you get my email? I got you setup for WWP so you can do the postings for prompts.

  18. April 17, 2010 9:25 am

    Great ideas and great job 🙂

    marinela x x x

  19. April 17, 2010 8:47 pm

    I have a funky logo WWP on my blog that I whipped up for fun.

    • April 21, 2010 3:38 am

      Thanks Rall. Funky, but nice. I like it.

      Think maybe we should have a logo contest perhaps? You think? Maybe, when I catch my breath I’ll put it into a sidebar too.

      • April 21, 2010 8:35 am

        Hi Neil –

        I think having a few suggestions for the logo, header, and sidebar badge, presented by members of the the community, would be a good idea. We could then put them up for consideration by the community to determine which should represent the site.

        In my other career duties I do graphic design, CAD work, 3D Image modeling, digital collage work, and photograpjy. I have a design/art studio in my home and have and use the software programs Illustrator, Maya 3D, Photoshop, Microspot Pro 3D Modeling, and iPhoto.

        If you go to my blog, Image & Verse I designed my entire site from a base template — and if you scroll and click up and down my right sidebar you will see many samples of my 2D and 3D designs and art, as well as a number of the other site badges I’ve either modified of created. Also, if you go to my other blog Writer’s Island I designed the deader, logo, and badge for tha site.

        If after you look at my design work on those two sites, if you want me to put forth an original header, logo, and badge, to be put among the candidates for consideration by the community — I will be happy to do so.

        Please let me know. Thanks…

      • April 21, 2010 10:43 am

        Thank you. Just haven’t really gotten that far in my attention here yet. I’ve been to both your sites, but I gotta refresh my memory. This current design is simply what I could come up with quickly with a reasonable appearance. Admittedly no flash.

        Lets move this conversation over to site-admin! I’ll make a new posting (public) just for “site design”.

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