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    So you have posted a poem, song or short story and want some feedback but aren’t getting any comments. We have all be there and it can be frustrating, I know. Although there is no way to guarantee you will get feedback I have found that the following 10 tips go a long way to help solve that problem.
    1. Give Feedback to others. If you want feedback you should expect to give feedback. I have read someplace that you should comment on three to five other posts for every poem/song, etc. you post.
    2. The type of feedback you give others is likely to be the type you get back. If you leave quick one or two work comments on someone’s work like “cool” or “very nice” that is likely all other people are going to give you back. This is OK if that is all you want. But if you want someone to let you know what they liked about your poem and what they think need improving on then think about leaving higher quality feedback as well.
    3. Don’t flood the forum. If you post ten poems at one time it is likely that a lot of them will be overlooked. Try to post only one or two pieces a day.
    4. Keep it short! People have limited time and are often only online for 5 or 10 minutes. Because of that shorter poems and short stories tend to get read more than longer pieces. If you have a poem that you think is great but it is 10 pages long think about posting some of your shorter stuff first. That way people will get to know your style and if they like your short stuff they will be more likely to spend the time reading your longer work.
    5. Be active in the forums and get to know the other member of the forum. If people get to know you, and like you (see number 6), they will be more likely to read and reply to your work.
    6. Be nice. This seems obvious but if people like you they will me more likely to read and reply to your posts. If you are leaving criticism do it constructively. We are all learning and trying to get better. If you dislike something about a piece then suggest a way to fix it don’t just say “it sucks!”.
    7. Don’t be defensive. This one can be hard I know. But sometimes we write stuff that is not perfect even though we feel it is. Well actually most of the time our work is not perfect. People may call you out on spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, using too many clichés, etc. But that is OK because it is they only way we can learn and get better. Although sometimes they will do it in a way that may make you feel as if you are being attacked. When this happens it is best not to respond in a hostile/defensive manner because if you do others may be hesitant to reply to your work in the future.
    8. Ask for it! If you want feedback on something you post then ask for it. But ask nicely. And if there is a specific area that you need help with or have a question on let everyone know it (e.g. “I am having trouble with the title. Do you have suggestions to improve it?” or “I wanted to make it clear that the man in this poem is madly in love but I am worried that it is too long. Do you think I should shorten it or leave it as it is?”). People are more likely to give feedback if you open the door for them.
    9. Invite your friends to join Rhymezone! Sometimes the lack of feedback is just because the forums are slow. Our members do a lot of other things (e.g. have jobs, go to school, sports, hobbies, go on vacations, etc.) and some days are slower than others. If everyone invited a friend or two to join the forums then that would more than double the activity here and increase your chance of getting feedback. So go out and spread the word!
    10. File out your Profile! OK I don’t actually know if this helps or not but I am scrapping the bottom the barrel here. The theory is if you post a profile picture of yourself (only if you are over 18 or have parental permission) or something funny, cool or just something you like people will see you as a real person with a personality. Also anything in the About section of your profile you feel comfortable sharing will only help people get to know and like you (again if you are a minor get your parents approval).

      If you have any other tips for feedback hungry poets I may have missed please post them in the comments section below.
      Thanks.


    • Electron.John
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      Electron.John commented
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      Go to the "Forums" tab (first tab on the upper left), Click on one of the top two forums ('RhymeZone 2014-2015 Poetry Prize entries" or "
      Share poetry and lyrics") then click on the little blue box in the upper left that says "+New Topic". That will take you to the new topic you just created and you then fill out the title and then write something in the big box. Click the blue box in the lower right that says "Post" to post it. You can use the Tags feature before that to make it easier for people to search for your poem by topic. There are other icons and features, like adding a picture or link, but you just have to hold your cursor over them and a pop up will tell you what they do. Hope that helps.

    • Jiynx Diablo
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      Jiynx Diablo commented
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      Nice help! Though I'm not going to put my face on my avatar, I want to put an anime picture but it won't let me. It says my images don't have support for this and I don't have permission to use it. Help?

    • csjoshi14184
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      csjoshi14184 commented
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      This one can be hard I know. But sometimes we write stuff that is not perfect even though we feel it is. Well, actually most of the time our work is not perfect. People may call you out on spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, using too many clichés, etc. But that is OK because it is the only way we can learn and get better. Although sometimes http://bestheadlightbulbs.net/ http://bestheadlightbulbs.net/led-vs...gen-headlight/
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