2 posts per week, 12 comments

(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.
 
Any thoughts?
 
-Ben

 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.

 

 

Comments

I'm Sorry!!!

I'm sorry! I didn't mean to make you be broken-hearted, Ben! There are some things that I really do like: the font, the way we can type the comments and stuff.  I know you took a lot of time to fix it. I'm sorry if my critique was too much.

Kendra | Fri, 06/26/2009

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"Are you sure this water is sanitary? It looks questionable to me! But what about bacteria?"--Tantor the elephant from Tarzan.

Hey! Is it indeed true?!! We

Hey! Is it indeed true?!! We can now make drafts?!!!! Hurray!

The Brit | Fri, 06/26/2009

Kestrel! Go sit in the

Kestrel! Go sit in the corner!

The Brit | Fri, 06/26/2009

I liked the old layout

I liked the old layout better--and it still says e-mail problem!

Julie | Fri, 06/26/2009

Formerly Kestrel

I must agree...the old one

I must agree...the old one was more user-friendly. And how do you quote people here?

Julie | Fri, 06/26/2009

Formerly Kestrel

OK, now I feel better. :-) I

OK, now I feel better. :-) I am glad you are hard to please, because it means you probably have good taste!

Ben | Fri, 06/26/2009

No, no, no! Hush little baby,

No, no, no! Hush little baby, don't you cry! (that's what I say to the dog...how does that make you feel) Everything is just perfect! (Nate-Dude and Kendra, hush, or I'll make you sit in the corner and write a three page long letter of apology.) Ben! Good Job! Just think how wonderful Ben the Editor Day will be with a whole new Apricotpie to christen it.

Now, everyone like it or I'll punish you severly (see look, there's another good thing. We can do stuff to our comments to make them more understandable, which I wanted to do before but couldn't). Now, what do we say to the nice man? Than...c'mon, say thank you.

The Brit | Fri, 06/26/2009

I really DO like the new font

I really DO like the new font though!

I am Nate-Dude | Fri, 06/26/2009

Nate-Dude

I'm sorry Ben, don't cry. It

I'm sorry Ben, don't cry. It must be hard to please us. But I was really happy when you said that you were going to fix AP. But I didn't want you to re-build it! I just wanted the old AP without the glichs. I have to agree with Kendra and Bridget. I can't edit my comments, and my picture isn't next to my post! And I just find it hard to surf around the site. I don't mean to beat down on you or "break your heart" but you kinda broke mine.

P.S. But I don't think any one in the world would be better to run the site then you. ;)

I am Nate-Dude | Fri, 06/26/2009

Nate-Dude

Gaack!  Don't cry, you're

Gaack!  Don't cry, you're making us all feel bad!  I'm sorry, we're very ungrateful APians.  Ok, the things I don't like are just that:

I can't get to the message board from here, although that's not a gigantic problem.

There's no blue!  But, you know, you could just put random blue polka dots here and there. (JK!!!)

Whenever I make a comment, it says 'the email cannot be sent, etc. etc. etc.   I think the comments still show up though.

I don't like that our signatures and pictures don't show up anymore.

I have no problem whatsoever with the onion thing.  I think it looks cool, even if it's not relevant.

I think that's it.  Sorry, Ben, we're REALLY not trying to make you feel bad!

Bridget | Fri, 06/26/2009

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

Oh I like it!!! Actually I

Oh I like it!!! Actually I like it better than the old set up. The only thing, yeah you might want to change the onion. Although if you hadn't said anything, it probably wouldn't have occured to me that it was an onion.

Overall this is so much better.....Thanks for fixing.

airlia | Fri, 06/26/2009

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived."
General George S. Patton

You guys are breaking my

You guys are breaking my heart. Why did I ever leave the old design for this sad, onion-smelling one? Well, we can always go back to it! <sob>

Ben | Fri, 06/26/2009

Oh! but do fix the onion. I

Oh! but do fix the onion. I don't really like onions. Do an actual apricot pie, instead of just an apricot. Or something to do with writing or homeschooling...I don't know, just no onions.

The Brit | Fri, 06/26/2009

Oh I like it! I will have to

Oh I like it! I will have to get used to the controlls, but that's okay. The commenting looks good, I like the way all the writing is set up, home page (though a little hard to figure out) is all very good. I like it. And I don't mind the color. I'm overall impressed. Good job!

The Brit | Fri, 06/26/2009

Is there (or will there be) a

Is there (or will there be) a way to edit comments? My spelling is laughable lol... :p

Christa | Fri, 06/26/2009

Nice job Ben! I like it, and

Nice job Ben! I like it, and I know it can't have been easy bringing everything over. Great work.

Christa | Fri, 06/26/2009

Hmmm....

Hmmmm.... well, I wouldn't have put an onion and a potato on it, who would want onions and potatoes in their apricot pie??? And, I think that there should be some colors on the background, without it, it seems so.... so, sad. I don't want to seem ungrateful, but I really do miss the old AP. I am glad that you are fixing it for us, but there are some little things that I would've changed. I just wanted to say what I was thinking...

P.S. Why can't you get to the comments board without going to someone's piece???

P.P.S. One more thing, why aren't the people's pictures on their comments???

Kendra | Fri, 06/26/2009

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"Are you sure this water is sanitary? It looks questionable to me! But what about bacteria?"--Tantor the elephant from Tarzan.

I'm sorry Ben, this is way

I'm sorry Ben, this is way faster and all, but I just can't get used to the lay out. Could you bring the old one back? This just doesn't sit right with me. <:(

I am Nate-Dude | Fri, 06/26/2009

Nate-Dude

I like the old lay-out A

I like the old lay-out A heck-of-lot better! other then that this works pretty good.

I am Nate-Dude | Fri, 06/26/2009

Nate-Dude

And one more thing,  I love

And one more thing,  I love that we share the same space with the other writers now.  Sometimes I would forget to check the guest writer's spot, because the first thing I saw was "Stars Over Llorleya, Chapter the 30th".

Bridget | Fri, 06/26/2009

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

Weeeeellll, I'd have to say

Weeeeellll, I'd have to say the old layout looked happier.  Not to say that I don't like the new one, because I do, but... there's no BLUE!!!

Other than that, I like it.  And hey, what happened to our signatures?

Ps. I don't mind the onion at all, although I hate them in real life.

Bridget | Fri, 06/26/2009

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

...

I agree about the onion-- how about some apricots? :) My only other suggestion is to make the background a little darker, like peach or some such color....?

Thanks for working hard to fix things!

 

Hannah W. | Fri, 06/26/2009

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Ben | Fri, 06/26/2009

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