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Image (c) 2008, Karla Dorman

There once was a Poet at Author's Den, a very good Poet (at least she'd been told).  People read her all of the time.

However, compared to others, she felt inadequate.

When she read other Poets' words, she took the time to leave a comment; when she read her Page Stats, she saw a disproportionate number:  the number of readers didn't match the number of reviews.

When she saw other Poets getting 30 plus reviews consistantly, it made her feel bad.  She got depressed; so much so, she wanted to break her pen and throw it across the room.

Her friends and family encouraged her; they told her not to worry, not to give up, but it bothered her.

So, she tried harder; it seemed to have little effect.  She enhanced her words with images; again, it didn't bring about the desired results.

All she wanted was to be one of the Others.

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Reviewed by Janice Scott 7/17/2011
You have masses of reviews down here - and all of them good! Clearly you are now one of the others!
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 7/3/2010
Hey sis, we are all different in the way we write and form our sentences. I have also seen the disproportionate number os stats versus the reviews, but it doesn't get me down. I continue to entertain "the others" and if one person leaves a review, good, bad, or indifferent, then I have done my job. But because I cannot work at a regular job any more I have turned to writing full time. See my three parts of my story Spring.

But nobody should ever feel inadequate about how many reviews or votes they get for their writing. I don't bother to look at the stats, all I look at are the reviews. Writers are as different as the stars in the sky, and we need more and more writers, to entertain "the others".

This writer that you wrote about needs to know that in the universe of writing, each of us as individuals are but one star in that universe. Don't take the stats from AD to get you down, just be glad that you have gotten the reviews that you have.

Love & hugs,
Reviewed by Dorothy Krusky 7/3/2010
Karla, all she needs to be is herself. As someone very dear to me once said, "your writing is like that of a famous slam dunk basketball player and you don't even know it." She was using this analogy to help me realize that the talents I do have are just as equal to the slam dunk. I've always believed I'm just one of them there good players, not outstanding but a good shot. That's ok with me You possess the good shot in the gift of writing and that to me is the most important. Sometimes you even throw a slam dunk with your words!!


Reviewed by Mary Coe 1/8/2010
Very interesting reading and well written.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/12/2009
Carla, from my viewpoint, you most certainly have obtained the very enviable position of being "one of the others". As of today, (6/12/09) I have been an AD member for one year and from the start, that is what I aspired to be: "one of the others".
Oh, yeah! By the way, that is one teriffic picture of you.
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 3/22/2009

We all have much to offer and are unique.
I also agree with many below reviewers
most importantly as one may write what the Lord
puts in their hearts to write on.

All the best,

Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 1/13/2009
I think we all want to recognized and have our writings read. That is one reason many are on the den. Stats are important,but I think that the ones who take time to read what some one has so carefully created, are the real winners. Some don't have a large following , but the ones who take the time to read anothers work and leave a comment are the true champions on the den....M
Reviewed by Liz Cosline 1/10/2009
Interesting piece but it is your unique perspective that may be what touches another
Reviewed by Marie Wadsworth 12/28/2008
I don't keep score with who tracks me and posts replies to my work, and you shouldn't either. It is discouraging to not be the popular one, but it doesn't bother me not to be on the New York Times Best Seller List. I have a small following, and I am content. I often feel I take for granted what I have is a gift and it's meant to be shared -- even if it be with just few. I applaud you! Write on, sister!
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/14/2008
Karla I for one love your poetry, dont ever question your gift, just keep writing and blessing others no matter how many reviews you get...
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Cryssa C 12/3/2008
I think that great things come in packages of one... look at all of the examples... My one true love, my one daughter, my other one other one daughter... my one son... my other one son... hee, ehe, hee.... seriously though... your One favorite teacher...your One favorite food...your ONE Savior and master...
The others just don't matter, Karla...they don't...

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 12/3/2008
Karla you are a fine poet, your work has consistently improved each month and you are one of the finest that I look forward to reading. Never NEVER compare yourself to others. You are gifted uniquely to be who you are and to add your own special poetic voice to the world. Numbers mean nothing, writing your heart, being satisfied to express what God gives you, that means everything. You are loved, and respected.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 12/3/2008
dare to be different than the others -- uniqueness, individuality is the key to personal satisfaction -- and it is, in the final analysis key, that "unto thyself, must you be true" -- high review counts stimulate the ego, but mean little if you know that you have, "meant what you said and said what you meant" -- if low review numbers kept me from struggling on, I most certainly would have stopped long ago -- but you, have more reviews than I and several of the rest of us will ever collectively amass -- write on -- peace and love to you my friend -- JMW
Reviewed by 000 000 12/1/2008
Being like the "Others" is not who you are. Your individual, unique and caring spirit carries the messages for the least of us. The unique are noticed and the reviews should not give you worth as you are so special God made two of you. Probably because one of you is not enough!! Now smile and laugh and love not make me drive my old truck to Texas just to prove it!
Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 11/30/2008
I always read, even if I don't always write--you are amazingly prolific--AND GOOD!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/30/2008
I am with Bonnie, if only one I wish that one was you.
And like Fee said this is not a popularity contest, best to be reviewed by the few best than 40, 50, 60 giving you just lip service.


Reviewed by Randall Barfield 11/29/2008
I agree with Linda L.
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 11/29/2008
Karla, you need to analyze the math down a little more. For example, a poet who writes one or two poems a week and then reviews every person with a duplicate remark in each review, might get 30 or more reviews. But does anyone actually read their work or are they just leaving a review for review sake?

Then you have poets such as yourself, who are prolific writers, and yet you'll get a half dozen or more really sincere reviews.

Which would you rather, sincerity or meaningless babble?

Don't worry about the number of reviews, analyze the content. People love your work.

~ Sara
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 11/29/2008

It's all about touching lives my dear friend - and you have touched mine in a positive way!! Thanks!!


Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/29/2008
We must write to please only ourselves, if we try to keep "Score" than are work is just a popularity contest.

Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/29/2008
Karla, we don't write for the reviews; you know that. Those are just frosting on the cake. You have absolutely nothing to be disappointed about. You're averaging 17 reviews per title; that's nothing to sneeze at. I, on the other hand, am averaging only 6 reviews per title. I should be disappointed my friend; but not you. But I am not disappointed because I write what comes to me, when it comes to me. And I know I write only because our Lord has asked me to do so. And as long as what I write helps just one person somewhere, somehow, then it is well worth the effort. "THE OTHERS" can have all those reviews, but that's not why we write my friend. You know as well as I do, that leaving reviews can be one tedious piece of work in itself. You're doing an outstanding job with your writing and you are helping many to simply cope with each day by reading what you write. And Karla, that alone should be enough. God has blessed you with a gift that He wants you to use; the rewards will come later. And that Karla, is really what it's all about. The rewards of this world are inconsequential compared to the rewards that we will reap in Heaven from our Lord, Jesus Himself. So you just keep on writing my friend and be proud of what you've accomplished. Not too proud though, for 'less we forget, pride is a sin. Have a glorious night and God bless. Your friend in the Granite State,
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/29/2008
Karla,, I can only tell you that when I read your poetry you make me smile like you can't imagine...btw.. a few nights ago, I had a dream that you and your sister came to my house and decided to stay a while,,and my walls were solid bees,,lol figure that one out:)...Don't take my smile's away,, you are so special!
Love to you my friend,
Reviewed by Linda Law 11/29/2008
Karla.... I have been on here since June....and believe me I have never felt like "THE OTHERS"... I know I have a special gift, just as you have ... we are unique, and I get my feelings hurt too...often...I keep posting and writing and sharing and I'm lucky if I get 2-3 reviews on one post!!!!! That should make one cry or just give up altogether.. I don't know what the secret it...I don't know if they just don't like my work...or if they see something I'm not aware of...but... I didn't join for "the others".... I joined to help myself to get better at my craft...not to be so shy and timid about my talent...because I do have talent... Maybe I'm not as polished or experienced as others...but darn it... I just try to be better than time.... I don't give up....even when EVERY SINGLE DAY I GET ON HERE AND I SEE THAT NO ONE GIVES A CRAP ABOUT MY POSTS....I have the same 2-3 people who just love me...which is blessing...but they like me...maybe they like my work???? but I know the difference too... and you are not alone... I read the work of some of "The Others" and I wonder....what the heck is so great about that? Not to say that some works are really good....and there are many who are good on's almost like high school... Either you are "popular" or you're not!!! I was already the Football Sweetheart, and Cheerleader and all that "favorite" stuff... but I have worked for every single crumb in my life...just like you..and others.... so let's stop concerning ourselves with them.... in plain english..piss on it! Our Texas spirit keeps us fighting...and by darn it... I'm learning...and I'd love to have more following..but I'm just not going to beg anyone to follow my work.... Right now anyway...people are just fed up with the way things are around the AD...we don't get our moneys worth...we don't get featured...we don't get the services we were promised when we signed...and the list goes on... Some people complain and get that saying... The squeaky wheel gets the oil....seems around here that's the key... but...I'll just keep writing and one day when I've decided that it no longer is a good place overall...I will leave... In the meantime... like I said... I'm not here for "the others".... besides... this is supposed to be for writers and authors not for "popularity".... I can count the people who follow my work on about 6 fingers.... that is pretty darn sad don't you agree....???? You get so much more attention Karla, because you are good at your craft.... so... just do it for YOU... and forget about the numbers.... :-)) We are more than just one in this either we are pretty dam terrible or we are pretty darn good and it ticks them off.... ????? Let it go.. not worth it! You will be just fine...and so will I.... besides... we have Bonnie who loves us all the time .... :-)) That's about as good as it gets!!!! Lindalaw
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/29/2008
You should do more stories; you are very good at them! I'm not telling you to give up your poetry (it's something you're known for), but maybe you need a break from your poetic muse. :) Your storytelling muse is waitin' to bust forth, and I am so happy to read them! I know others will too! :) This one is sad. You need to be happy with YOU. Don't worry what others think; you write for YOU, and YOU alone! No, it doesn't help when I (and others) consistently get the reviews. I feel the same way regarding my stories vs. my poetry. Know you are loved and so are your words!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin and #1 fan, Karen Lynn. :( X0X0X0X0
Reviewed by Bonnie May 11/29/2008
I'm happy with one, if that one is you. Love, Bonnie

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