Ass-kissing witch wrote:I will begin this long post by saying that I appreciate the writing opportunities DMS has given me. I am lucky enough to be finding titles at present with Travel Beta, for however long that lasts. I also hope to be chosen for writing jobs here in the future. DMS has been very good for me. I accept, as difficult as it may be, that the company is making the decisions it has to in order to remain viable after the Google setback. I would also like more transparency but I understand that what is put on this work forum is not always kept on this forum, and the company must protect its business interests.
I also understand the position DMS takes regarding negative commentary on its forums. Forum owners are entitled to place their preferred parameters for behavior on their forums on a like-it-or-lump-it basis, since it reflects on the image and atmosphere the owner wants. I’ve been a forum owner enough times that can appreciate setting and maintaining a brand. I also understand how some writers may feel that it stifles their ability to be honest and meet issues head on. Ultimately, the forum owner makes the rules and it’s up to the participants to accept or not. That’s just the way most forum cookies crumble.
For a long time, I have wanted to create a forum for writers of all sorts. Initially, I was interested mostly in fiction and poetry, but as I moved into the professional realm of content writing, I started including that and all other forms of writing on my forum wish list. I’ve enjoyed participating in writing forums in the past that offered support and information, and gave participants opportunities to hone their skills with prompts and word games. They also provided opportunities to express feelings and experiences with life as well as with writing.
I am going ahead with plans to establish my writing board. Please understand that this is not an attempt to create a board where unabated bashing of DMS occurs. There is already a very nasty and vulgar board that specializes in that and it is certainly not my style. I want my forum to be a positive place to uplift and support. In fact, it will not specifically feature DMS except in general conversation where it pops up. For those who are leaving DMS, you are moving into a different arena are continuing to grow as writers. We’ve been a great community here and I think we would benefit from each other’s continued cheerleading now that the forum is dwindling.
It will take a short while to get the forum set up, since I am still writing under deadlines, both here and elsewhere. I think I have found a free venue that will give me the flexibility I want. What I don’t have, so far, is a name for the forum. The venue is Forumotion, but I am willing to look at other free spots as long as they offer the ability to embed YouTubes, post images and decorate with background grapics.
I enjoy the boards here at DMS and I hope to be able to post here for a long time. They have been a great source of encouragement and information, and have been a welcome respite for me as I sit for long stretches doing research and writing. I see the choosing of a separate board as an adjunct to this board. I hope to move beyond the disappointments due to the unfortunate downturns for writers and editors at DMS. I want to attract writers from other places beyond DMS and that is impossible in this specific work arena.
And, as for rules, yes, there will be several, not intended to stifle but to create a board atmosphere that will make others want to join and be glad they did. In past forums, I have been told that as adults we should be able to say whatever we want without restriction; that unrestricted speech is free speech. My response to that has always been that if we are adults then we should understand the concept of decorum and of respect for fellow posters and for the wishes of forum owners. It’s a fine line at times, I agree.
Everyone is welcome. I also welcome DMS staff who may be concerned that my board will be a subversive one. It will not, I assure you. It will be about the craft of writing, practice in writing, writing opportunities and our successes. The more the merrier. To everyone, come and look. If you like it, if it’s your cup of tea, stay. If not, I appreciate your checking us out.
I’ll post when I have the forum set up. I’m going to set up a new personal email address specifically for the new forum, but if you need to communicate before that, send your email address to my inbox and I will give you my ‘old’ addy, which will not be in use for the new board after setup.
Good luck to all of you!
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