Bloomin’ information (because there’s always a business end ;) )

Good morning, Bloomers!

Since we have friends returning (yay!), and new friends arriving (yay!), I thought now a good time to revisit who we are, and what to expect.

1. Walt is in the process of revamping us a bit. Once that is complete, we’ll send out an announcement, and give you a tour.

2. We have always been, and will continue to be, a soft landing place for anyone interested in reading or writing poetry. Here is what I mean by “soft landing”:

a. All ages are welcome, from children through elderly. Please keep that in mind when posting poetry, and when commenting. (Think, “Rated for General Audience.” )
b. We welcome all kind, constructive, encouraging comments and discussion under any given poem. We have been a truly peace-filled space from the beginning, and Walt and I will make sure it stays that way.
c. We have had friends here who are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Pagan, Atheist, etc. All are welcome, and welcome to express themselves in the context of their own belief system(s). This applies also to those who are different from ourselves in any way culturally, politically, etc. This is a poetry site … not a space for reprimanding, correcting, or belittling. This is another aspect of this site and our guests that Walt and I are so thankful for, and we will work hard to keep it this way.

3. In addition to the prompts, we provide form information, interviews, space for each poet to house their own poems, space for celebrating accomplishments such as awards and publications, and multiple other features. Once the revamping of this site is complete, we will do another information post to list all the features and links to each one.

4. Question: Does anyone find it difficult to post and/or comment to this site? We have the settings intentionally set so that nothing can get in your way. However, it was just brought to my attention that one of our longest-standing Bloomers has difficulty posting and commenting. Noooo! While we try to figure out the problem, please let us know if you have any trouble.

That’s it for now. There will be more to come. In the meantime, thank you all for making our little poetic garden bloom brightly!

God bless you all!
Marie Elena

16 thoughts on “Bloomin’ information (because there’s always a business end ;) )

  1. Love the site, love the community. My only “wish” is that I could use italics etc without knowing html etc? I’ve tried to master the input methods but am not trained in it…. know Word Press can be picky, but just a thought. Thanks for all you do with and for us.

  2. Hey, you two. Do you still do the “in-from poet” prompts sometimes? I find myself completely lacking in form in my poetry these days, which is not always an issue but it stresses me out sometimes haha.

  3. I’ve mentioned this before; you folks have looked into it and can’t find any reason why it happens. When I enter a series of comments, usually it happens that the first three entries or so are normal; that is, I enter a comment, I submit it, and the site returns me to that point, where I see my comment. Thereafter, when I submit, the site returns me to the top of the page; when I look to where I had entered the comment, I see nothing. If I persist and make other comments, this will continue for perhaps four or five entries, and then flips back, whereupon the site once again takes me back to my starting point and I see all the entries I had previously entered but not seen. This is a nuisance that I’ve learned to live with, since you folks can’t find anything wrong.

      • Thanks, Marie, for your reply. No, I don’t, but if that means I’d get an e-mail message every time I posted something, I wouldn’t want it anyway. As I noted, I’ve accepted the nuisance.

        • Hi Bill. It’s Marie, here.

          I’ll check with Daniel. He was having a hard time posting for a long while. We recently plugged in his e-mail as a follower, and I believe that did the trick for him. Strange though, because our site settings are such that nothing like that is required.

          Thanks so much for putting up with the nuisance! It wouldn’t be the same here without you.

  4. I love INFORM posts too Erin!
    Walt, Marie,, thanks for this hard work. It’s a labor of love.
    Glad we have diversity in this garden. How boring if every bloom were a rose. I love dahlias, zinnias, poppies, heather, in sun, in rain, in any weather.
    Also, excited about any ekphrastic prompts…a picture is worth a thousand poems!

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