James // 3/21/2015

Dear Homeschooling Friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve written a letter from the editor. The last time was before Kyleigh and Ezra’s wedding, and now they’ve been married for over a year (and have made an uncle out of me).

I’ve been kept very busy this past year, between full time work that often exceeds 40 hours a week, involvement in two churches and a non-profit ministry, giving piano lessons (to increasingly fewer students as I find I have to keep dropping them -- two years ago I had 13, last year I had 8, and now I’m down to 2), and time with family and friends.

And I’ve thought often about Apricot Pie, and how I want to be more regularly involved and interacting with you all like I used to be.

To be honest, I’ve been laying low, mainly because last time I showed my face in a significant way was to address standards on Apricot Pie, and well… it was controversial, and confrontational. I don’t like confrontation. Also, for those of you who disagreed with me, I knew you were upset, and that my actions were the reason for it. And even though I believed (and still believe) that what I did was right, I knew that it caused sincere anxiety and sadness for some of you, and when I put myself in your shoes I couldn’t help but sympathise. And the end result was that I dreaded on the one hand what I know is my duty: to explain, implement, and enforce certain standards on this site (because of the pain and fallout it could cause) -- and on the other hand I dreaded coming to this site and being reminded that I was just letting the site go on without properly stewarding it.

So, all that to say, over the next couple of months I’m going to be interacting with you all and explaining why Apricot Pie has the standards that it does. I’ll post the first part next week.

On another note, most of you have probably noticed that the automatic enforcement of a maximum of two posts a week is no longer there and hasn’t been for a couple of years -- that’s because the software plugin that enforced it is broken, and I haven’t been able to fix it yet. So, we’re all on the honor system for now -- so don’t post more than twice in a given 7 day timespan. (If any of you have been doing that, it’s my fault for not saying something when I first saw that the plugin wasn’t working.)

I’m also thinking that in the future I may lower the maximum to once a week. I’ll elaborate on why in another letter. But for now it will stay at twice a week.

These are my thoughts for now. I will share more with you all soon.

Blessings until then,
-- James


Hey! Good to see you back!

Hey! Good to see you back!

Although I initially was opposed to the standards, I haven't found them particularly crippling. I actually think that they provide a good platform for creativity, so as not to get lazy with my writing.

I've also enjoyed the fact that there isn't a posting limit.
I found it frustrating when the plugin worked. I don't often post more than twice per week nowadays, but I like the constant influx of new writing. Since it is a website for sharing writing, I always thought the limit seemed a little silly. :)

E | Sat, 03/21/2015

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Thanks for the update! I

Thanks for the update!

I know I was one of the ones opposed to the guidelines, but I agree with Erin in that it hasn't caused my writing any harm. It's actually nice to come to a place where you know the content you read is going to be appropriate, because there's so much otherwise anywhere can find all that on other writing websites. So I apologize for my initial opposition; at the time, it was very shocking to me, but I do understand.

This site has helped me grow as a writer by leaps and bounds, and that's solely because of the platform that's been provided--a website that's full of thoughtful, kind, and caring people who are always helpful readers. A lot of people never get a chance to have their writing read and critiqued like mine is on here, and so I thank you for that. I have no criticisms of the site--it's been integral in my life the past five (!!) years, and every comment I've received has been priceless to me.

I know I've broken the posting limit, but I thought when that disappeared that it meant we were allowed to post as often as we like. I still try not to post more than twice a week--usually, I don't have more to post than that--but there are moments when inspiration comes and I've written something that I'm really excited to share, and so I post it.

I agree with Erin in that I really like that there isn't a posting limit. That feels very freeing. I don't know what the likelihood of somebody going wild and posting, say, five or six things in succession would be anyway, but of course that's up to you. Just offering up my opinion.

Anyway, thank you for the update!

Edit: Oh, and of course, I like seeing other people share what they have too, without limitations. If somebody posts three times a week once, and once the next, and four the next--then I'm happy to read it. I don't know, I feel like everything everyone shares on here is for reason.

Madeline | Sat, 03/21/2015

I agree

Yes, thanks for the update, James!
On the posting limit I have mixed emotions. :) on the one hand I agree with Homey that sometimes I have already posted my two posts for the week and THEN. I get a sudden inspiration and want to share it. :) But then on the other hand I don't have time to post twice a week right now anyways, so bringing it down to one is a relief. :) But I can't wait to see your reasoning for moving it to one.
You definitely have my support!
God bless you!

Damaris Ann | Sat, 03/21/2015

I don’t thrive off of chaos: chaos thrives off of me.


I'm going to disagree with everyone else on the posting limit - I think it's good "quality control" - if there's a limit, we're going to make sure we really want to and are ready to post a piece, as well as making AP less forum-y and more like an online magazine - not that there's anything wrong with forums but AP is more sophisticated than that.

Anyway, thanks for posting, James - I'm looking forward to your future posts and having you around more.

Kyleigh | Sun, 03/22/2015

I've got to hand it to you

I've got to hand it to you Kyleigh, you have a very good point about the posting limit. I agree!

Damaris Ann | Sun, 03/22/2015

I don’t thrive off of chaos: chaos thrives off of me.


I know it's not really the most original thing to say, but ditto to everything Homeschoolgirl and Erin said, I couldn't have said it better.
I will have to beg that you do not take the posts down to one per week!! I already post poetry every week and if I were to have a fiction piece I wanted to share during the week I would have to give up that weeks poetry. I hardly ever post more than two posts per week already just because of time and inspiration.... But the freedom to share when I do have time and inspiration feels so special, like no matter what I'm being heard. AP has been a friend to me in that respect, it's always been there to listen :)... I understand what Kyleigh is saying and it makes sense... But I think the way we aren't really a newspaper but more formal than a forum makes AP special, it's like he have formalities but we are still free to share! I like the democracy of it, and I would rather not AP turn into a monarchy.

Kassady | Sun, 03/22/2015

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
Write On!

Thank you for this letter. I

Thank you for this letter. I support whatever decision you make about posting limit. I think limiting the posts would force us to wait a few days, and over the few days, we would be able to improve and look at it from different eyes. To wait a few days is nothing. But I am not going to fight for either way. It's a small matter, and I don't want to make leading this site even harder and more time-consuming than what it already has.

Thank you for wanting to lead this site, and the decisions you've made (whether they made us happy or not):

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12

Lucy Anne | Tue, 03/24/2015

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson


It'd be wonderful to have you around more often, James!
And I have to agree with the others, although I didn't agree with one of the standards, it didn't harm me or my writing much at all.
And I also think that having limited post is probably a good idea...although I think once a week is a little constricting. Two is plenty, in my view...since I have trouble posting that much anyway!

Maddi | Tue, 03/24/2015

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

I haven't been around much

I haven't been around much either -- more due to college life than anything else -- so I don't really know how the implementation (or non-implementation) of guidelines and post limit has been working out. But in any case, we should reconnect!

Anna | Wed, 03/25/2015

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief


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