I need a Lush break. Indeed, an Internet break in general. My profile will remain "live" so you can still enjoy my stories.
We'll miss you, Scott, and hope for your return. Ping, YMB, I don't think they should limit the number of stories. Stories are good for the site, they make it grow, they are what the site is made of.
Are the new writers not reading other stories? There's always been kind of a wall between the two I almost never read poetry. It's prose writers noticing the drop, maybe their has been a shift where the newer crowd are more poets than prose writers. Should be an annoying work day. Making serious changes to a site for a woman who can't make up her mind.
I rarely have time to read for pleasure these days. Lush, for me, is more of a job than an escape. Yeah, I get the sense from responses that the old guard is genuinely burnt out and have semi-retired, at least in terms of reading for enjoyment. And that the current pace of submissions is a bit overwhelming.
Maybe we meaning the current slate of active writers are the new old guard, and it is up to us to go through each other's back catalogues and read each other more. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
I know when milik and I set the date for me to move to CA. I know LJ is busy busy busy getting ready. Has a wedding date been set?? Hot tea please , good afternoon everyone. Enjoying reading the comments on the commenting and voting issues.
I think everyone is taking a big hit. Reasons for it, we can all give our thoughts, and I have mine. Verbal please tell LJ hello for me. I miss our chats. It's an exciting, if stressful, time! No date set on a wedding, we're just trying to get her here! We will road-trip here together mid-July, which should be great fun.
I know she enjoyed your chats too. I will tell her you said hi. We know how this story goes. You baseball fanatics like numbers. I saw Moneyball, FFS! You guys are number crunch crazy. Are the viewing numbers going up, or down? What is the percentage of the views per story reduction? It would be interesting to do some cross-tabulation and analysis. I will admit to being a litttle bummed that old school big hitter writers don't read or comment on current stories much.
That might help drive traffic to new stories, or at least give newbies a bit of encouragement. I wished, frankly, that Beneath, as a comp winner, had gotten a little more attention; I was very proud of it. But, again, it's about frikkin tentacles, so I am probably dreaming. I think the mods who have weighed in have crunched the numbers for us in saying there are way more stories, and far less front page time, than there used to be. Maybe it's just a matter of the audience becoming more fragmented with more choices available, just like in other media.
Two or three years ago, we'd see 20 or 30 votes on the first day posted. Within a week, we could be over I think Jen even had a story, The Benefits of Living Alone, or something like that, that breached !
We don't see those numbers anymore. I even had stories that reached 10, views in a day or so. I don't know that I've ever had numbers that high, but I have noticed the number of votes and comments dropping. I thought it was just me, and people getting tired of the Shards after 2 years of me writing them. I have wondered if maybe competitions cut into the reads of non-comp stories.
Though the issue even shows up with the comps - I won a comp a few months back with Beneath and only garnered 38 votes. A very high number for me, but low for a comp winner. Might have been the category--Monster Sex--that put them off.