Join | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: Glen Schulz, iLannah Sawers-Diggins, iSara Coslett, iRosemarie Skaine, iBelle Ami, iMaryAngela Nangini, iSteven Holley, i
  Home > Action/Thriller > Articles
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Sara L Russell

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 88 titles
· 556 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
Member Since: Mar, 2001

   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Message Board
   Read Reviews

Subscribe to the Sara L Russell Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"

· The Phonix Rising From The Ashes

· Worlds Inside The Head

· Quickies

· Pinky's Little Book of Shadows

· A Way With Words

· Spiders and Gliders

Short Stories
· The Perils of Drink

· Serial: Lorna's Shadow #1

· The most exquisite poem I have ever read is...

· The Case for The Existence of Ghosts...

· Tips On Making Video Poetry Recitals

· UK 2002: The Culture of Spite

· How To - and How Not To - Make a Literary Website

· For Poets: Coping With Writer's Block....

· Thoughts About Writing Humorous Poetry

· How To Make An A5 Poetry Chapbook

· The Pains of Trying To Get Poetry Published by A Reputable Publisher...

· A Cat's Life

· I, Critic

· Vampyre

· Dull Days in the Parallel Universe

· A Lullaby for New York

· The Broken Scrying Glass

· The Insomniac's Prayer

· Awaken

· Come Back

· Reclaim the Sky (for Elisabeth Fritzl)

         More poetry...
· Sara's 5 mins of TV fame on BBC4 Romance Documentary

· Sara L. Russell: More Multimedia Poetry Coming Soon

· Poetry Life & Times arrives on mobile phone screens!

· Poetry Life & Times March 2004 issue: Jeff Mason...

· Poetry Life & Times up-to-date at last...

· Still in hospital but bits of me getting better

· Poetry Life & Times features Dani...

Sara L Russell, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

For anyone who has not posted poetry on open, un-moderated newsgroups before....

As poets gradually build up a portfolio of published works, along with a valuable network of poet friends, it seems a useful and enjoyable pastime to post on various moderated and unmoderated newsgroups. This article mainly concerns unmoderated Usenet newsgroups, of the kind which are shown in various news/mail programs for offline reading. These poetry newsgroups often start with the prefixes alt. or rec.

If you are wondering why on earth I posted this under the category Action/Adventure - read on...

Unmoderated newsgroups are completely free and open, which means total freedom of speech, right? Wrong! Wrong because whatever some of the less friendly poets/critics say to you, however sarcastic they may become, if you are a published poet wishing to build up and enrich your public profile, you must not respond in kind. Never, ever. You want to be remembered as the poet who wrote a poem that moved people to tears, or made them laugh till they cried - not for saying "eat **** and die" to some pompous poet - who later turned out to be an important ezine editor! Publishers and poetry editors do read newsgroups. So if you value your credibility, proceed with caution.

When you first join these groups, it's a good idea to "lurk" for a while, as many people will tell you. Get to know which poets post the most work, which poets offer constructive criticism and which ones are more likely to offer negative comments to try to get a rise out of someone. Also get to know if there are any ezine editors posting poetry (ezine details sometimes appear in sig files), if your style is a little like theirs, they might be glad to receive a submission of your work and publish some of it online.

You will notice that there are some poets whose style and sense of humour is very much like your own. You can eventually comment on their work and make friends with them. This can lead to sparking ideas off each other and occasional ongoing poetry duets, where each poet takes a turn to add a stanza and a story is built up, getting funnier as it goes along. I have also seen poets write flirtatious love duets. So there is great potential for entertainment as well as learning more about poetry.

When you "de-lurk" and post your first poem, avoid these temptations:

1. Pointedly asking for comments on a poem, especially if you have not yet commented on anyone else's work - this can lead to angry responses and attacks on your poem.

2. Angry comebacks to sarcastic criticism. Ignore any comments which seem like a deliberate attempt to draw you into a flame war - the agitator usually wins (If you really must say something back, try setting up a different email account and using a different identity. Even a different computer, from a different planet. Don't tell anyone I suggested this. This article will self-destruct in one of your earth minutes).

3. Posting four or five poems at once, to draw attention to your work. You will only get responses saying "stop these multiple postings" or "read the FAQ".

4. Cross-posting to other newsgroups, this can make some of the group members think you are only dabbling in their group while being more active in another, or shamelessly self-promoting by shouting your poems to several groups at once.

5. Posting in haste without running your spellchecker - do not be remembered as the poet whose title line said "All of my fellings are in these poems so ples be kind" (this actually happened in one group and caused a thread all about lumberjacks).

If you can plead guilty to any of the above already, lie low for a while. Maybe a long while.

It is a good idea to look at comments on your poems and learn from them, even some of the most caustic criticism may have some gem of advice, which you can weed out of the diatribe. Be diplomatic in your own critiques of work by other poets. Not to entice them to say nice things about your poems, but for the sake of kindness and humanity. After all, you cannot see them, but they are still real people and it is better to make friends than enemies. Be nice, or you'll have to play outside.

Remember that a newsgroup, however big it may be, is not the whole world. If you find yourself becoming irritated with the behaviour of some of the poets on a group, you could quietly flounce off to post on a different group or concentrate on building up your website for a while (and don't be tempted to announce that you are leaving the group, this will tempt others to say "don't come back"). Newsgroups can be addictive fun, for a while, but there are so many other ways to show your work to the world, and more productive reasons to stay up all night.

If you have a book to plug, I would definitely advise that a newspaper is a better place to approach than a newsgroup. The only people I have seen plugging their books on unmoderated newsgroups are people of whom everyone else is terrified.

To conclude, I would say enjoy the newsgroups and do not take other people, or yourself, too seriously. Switch on, log in, knock yourself out.

Web Site Poetry Life & Times

Reader Reviews for "Survival On Newsgroups"

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/9/2001
.......... ;0)..... i like your style!
Reviewed by Nellie Feng 5/18/2001
Honest and witty too !!!

Books by
Sara L Russell


Buy Options

Pinky's Little Book of Shadows

Buy Options
Amazon, more..

Spiders and Gliders

Buy Options

A Way With Words

Buy Options

Action/Thriller Articles
  1. Why Jimmy Fallon Lost Nicole Kidman
  2. John Carradine and Me
  3. Narcissists, Social Media, and Porn
  4. Directing Adam West in 'Omega Cop'
  5. Good Mourning, Amerika!
  6. Adolf Hitler speaks…and humanity answers
  7. Sandra Bullock Goes Dog Crazy for Dogs wit
  8. Democracy for Whom
  9. Star Trek's Unknown Episode
  10. A New Thriller Novella - Jailbait by Barba
  11. Writing the Other Gender in Fiction
  13. Van Gogh Book Review
  14. SPECTRE James Bond Info Revealed
  15. Why I doubt the handwritten Emily Dickinso
  16. Why we don't lay eggs
  17. If You Don't Like How I Write, PLEASE DON'
  18. A Beautiful Mind, book review
  19. AD's John Howard Reid’s In All His Glory
  20. Fog From A Sailor's Perspective

You can also search authors by alphabetical listing: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen

© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.