The current state of Booksie

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic

A review of how I've found Booksie so far.

I have been on Booksie for not very long so far, but I have already gathered an opinion about it. Most of my opinions are framed around the users here, although some are constructed around the actual website. To start with, the users. I have found many great writers here. They are commonly kind and smart. These are the people who write for themselves, to write just to vent their feelings. I admire these people and I believe I am one such person too. I feel I share their pains, since apparently most writers have or had depression in their life, just a fact I found. The way they write is inspiring and we should all take note of their wonderful work. The next type of user is.. To put it nicely, the angry people. I see countless writings with swearing and capital letters, just spreading the hate around. It really isn't nessesary and quite offensive in my eyes. I click on a poem about such subjects like, 'to my mother' and find just a load of pointless text, which on it's own, is just really mean. I too have written about my mother in a negative view, but I do not use swearing to do so. Just keep it calm is all I have to say, being crude isn't the way forward. Now, the last type of user; the people who just want to be famous. I guess they don't realise that fame come with patience when they write on everyone's Booksie wall, 'come read my latest chapter and I'll read some of your work!'. I think that writing such comments is a waste of space on your profile page and only create fake fame. End of story. About the actual website. The only flaws I've found so far is publishing. Right now I am writing this text, in paragraphs directly onto the website. But I know that it'll come out just one big block. I absolutely hate that and really hope it'll be fixed. Since I'm an iPad user and can't get onto a computer, this is my only choice. That's about it for now, adieu.


Submitted: August 24, 2012

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jonpelletier

lots of writers, few readers. or maybe i'm just out of touch and playing in the minor leagues.

Mon, August 27th, 2012 11:25pm

Prosewriter

I disagree with your idea that a website like this should be used for venting our feelings. These people should find psychology web sites where they can express their feelings. A writing web site should be used for only one thing - writing - or at least, learning to write. Some people even use writing web sites as dating sites. This is a blantant misuse of the internet.

Tue, September 11th, 2012 7:45pm

1122

Hi Dawn

Haven't been by your profile page for a while. Sorry. I've been having an affair with another writing website, and have been negleting Booksie. Shameless.

That said, I was interested to find your comments on the sight here. I agree with what you say. With technology and the interent these days, it has become increasingly easier to get writing posted/published, whether it's any good or not. Which isn't a bad thing, but it does open the door to everybody with anything to say, and not necessarily just serious writers.

Websites like these should be looked at as a tool to help better your writing, to learn, to maybe network with some like minded individuals and share knowledge, and all of that is useful. I also do not like soliciting reads of my work, but I get the impression that that is the only way to get feedback. I've got a combined total of well over a hundred reads in my portfolio, and not even a dozen comments for all of it. Disheartening to say the least. It takes no effort to leave a simple sentence, or even click on the 'liked it' button. Also, the majority of the feedback I, or anyone else from what I can tell, recieves, is usually simple and along the lines of "I liked it." Which is great for an ego stroke, and all writer's love a good ego stroke, but it's not really constructive. I would much prefer to hear what it was that a person liked, and/or didn't like, so that I may know what works in my writing and what doesn't. We're all writer's here, I'd like to believe.

Good thoughts here, and well worth a read for everyone on the site. I shall find something else in your portfolio to browse, for you have a nice voice on the page, I enjoy reading your work, your writing is smooth, and I'll help in any way I can.

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But writer's are notoriously self absorbed, and I knew that coming in, so I cannot complain.

Mon, October 1st, 2012 12:46am

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