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pongo
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Apr 22, 2013, 4:41 PM

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Once upon a time, I would check in here a few times a day and get new messages every time. Now, a few times a week would be enough to keep up pretty easily.

Has everyone gone over to Goodreads? Is Facebook taking the place of the Speakeasy? Is everyone too busy writing epic poetry?


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rjkostuck
Robert Kostuck


Apr 22, 2013, 10:12 PM

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I've noticed this too. Not sure. Expansion of social media, lack of committment, easy (online) submission processes, proliferation of writing workshops, proliferation of on-line journals with built-in audiences/peer groups, counter-culture paradigm shifts, dearth of communication skills, continental drift, excessive greenhouse gases, decrease in hard copy book purchases, closure of independent bookstores . . . ?

I like to think everyone is busy writing an epic poem.


Om Shanti


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Frank Larkin

Apr 23, 2013, 1:35 PM

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Robert, you're hilarious. I think it's continental drift mixed with a little loss of communication skills. I hate to hear it, though. I'm just getting to know some of you. Pongo is always there to welcome, congratulate and answer most any question. I hope you guys hang around for a long time. I try to check in daily at least once when I'm at work (that's a 4 on 2 off cycle). I'm enjoying it and it's all new to me. Figures, now it's in danger of extinction! No! It can't be.


pongo
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Apr 23, 2013, 3:34 PM

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I don't think there's any serious chance of the Speakeasy going away soon. I do know that the management has expressed an interest in revitalizing, so I think we can contribute some ideas. If we have any.


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writerle


Apr 23, 2013, 7:05 PM

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For me, I think it might be the simple fact that I am friends with many people from the Speakeasy on FB, so I've just been keeping up with everyone there. I still read here, but it's true, there hasn't been much going on here lately.


jason
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Apr 24, 2013, 10:36 AM

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David is right. The Speakeasy isn't going anywhere, and it does figure into our future plans for P&W. Meanwhile, we're always open to ideas and suggestions from the community.


alamana



Jun 21, 2013, 1:20 PM

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I know I'm a little late to the party with this thread, but the slowed traffic has made me a little sad lately. I too remember when I needed to check most days to keep up with postings, and now I check maybe a couple of times a week.

My theory on slowed traffic is--in part--this: I found the Speakeasy when I was going through the waiting-to-hear-back-from-MFA-programs hell. Back in the day (2009), the Speakeasy was one of the main sources of information on which schools had notified which genres, etc. All of us MFA hopefuls posted acceptances and rejections here, and checked the forum obsessively. We checked Tom Kealey's MFA Blog, too. I'm pretty sure that blog is how I found the Speakeasy. That MFA notification stuff has all gone to FB, where there is a closed "MFA Draft" group each year. Because of that, both the Speakeasy MFA forum and the MFA blog are comparatively dead. Thus, lots of folks who would have been introduced to the Speakeasy as I was during MFA notification season are not. So we are missing out on fresh blood. I think that is part of it, anyway.


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tevis
Barbara J. Stidham

Jun 27, 2013, 4:09 PM

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Have been away from speakeasy for more years than I care to think about. My time spent here goes way back, back to the early 90's. What a time we had then. Regulars came to check as often as they took a deep breath. No slow traffic there. The format was different. I guess all things/sites must change or die, but we did have a wide choice of topics, and "stops" to improve our skills and dreams.
One site was called: The Ten Minute Exercise. Each week someone would suggest a topic, usually one word, and then you wrote for ten minutes, no corrections, no cheating, and then posted your work, and then once a week, usually on a Wednesday, we would critique each posting. We truly got to know one another, and what a skill builder! Another great site was called, "Of love, again."
Good times remembered.

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