(posted by Ben, June 2009)
Dear Homeschooling Friends,
Your writing this past month - as always - has been good, challenging, funny, and unique. It will be a sad day when apricotpie dies. Hopefully it has many years ahead.
One thing I am doing that will help keep apricotpie running for the long run is to set limits to the number of posts and comments we can make in a week. As the title of this post suggests, I am limiting us to 2 posts and 12 comments per week.
About two months ago I brought up to the monthly writers this idea of setting limits. Not all of the writers were in favor of it. After some discussion and a vote (none of it entirely democratic) we ended up with the plan to limit apricotpie members to 1 post per week and 7 comments per week. Now I have almost doubled the numbers. There are several reasons why I proposed limits. Here is what I wrote then:
"One thing I like about apricotpie is that writing for apricotpie I can feel safe saying things that are serious and important to me. Not my inmost thoughts, but things that touch upon them. There are many things I personally would never dream about saying on my Facebook profile. Things that would appear ridiculous if they were dragged out into the street. apricotpie, in its design and through its writing, has been a good place for me to talk.
"On Facebook no one has time to pay attention. There are too many things to keep up with and too many social connections to make. Time is an important element to apricotpie. It takes time to write something meaningful. It takes time to be authentic. I trust and believe in quality far more than quantity. When the two are together (Mozart, Bach!) it is hard to believe such good things can emerge so quickly from one person.
"I think apricotpie could be a better place if we had limits to the number of posts and comments we make. 1 post per week, and 7 comments per week. The comments could be made at any time, but you would know that you only had 7 so you would want to spend them well."
For the reasons above, and because it puts less of a burden on apricotpie's system, I like limits. I am also aware that many of the great novelists wrote for periodicals that came out once a month or maybe once every three months. Dickens and Dostoyevsky especially come to mind. Traditionally, storytelling has always involved pauses in-between.
PS I just made it so that you can post unlimited comments on pages like this one without it affecting your overall comments count. apricotpie may be somewhat quiet for this week until people's numbers recharge.