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  1. A technical question: Does WordPress require a lot of formatting commands for the different indentations and lineations of your poems? Thanks.

    • There are two ways to do it. The easiest is to insert text in the “preformatted mode”, which makes formatting text as easy as using a word processor. I don’t use that feature because first, I intensely dislike the grey textbox WordPress insists on putting behind preformatted text and secondly, I intensely dislike the pseudo-typewriter font they foist on preformatted text. I can’t fathom the reason for any of it, so I don’t use it.

      The other way to do it is to cheat. All my indentation is accomplished like this:

      startled—
      ····the black leaves fly out into the winter’s
      ········sky

      Then I change the color of the spacers to white. Simple is that.

  2. Thanks. I sent you a separate email inquiry about the comment function–to wit, is that per poem capability built-in or an add-on?

  3. So I took the plunge–Wordpress. You have to pay them up front for the year to see what you’re getting yourself into. It’s no piece of cake, and will take me a while, probably months, to optimize to my needs. They do respond promptly to questions, however. How did it go with you initially? I spent the most time tonight wracking my brain for a url—unfortunately Poemshape was already taken—and settled on https://poemways.com/ That sounds easy to remember and search. Surprised it was still available.

  4. Yes, it’s WordPress.com. there was a free option but you have to deal with ads and it doesn’t include insta-chat for help. The next up at $60 per year has no ads and help is available 24/7. Plus the unique domain name. No stealth fees yet as far as I know,

  5. It doesn’t help that I’m not much of a tech brain. I inadvertently hit something that created two accounts. Then had to learn how to delete one of those. I was building my design out of the (only) one suggested then hit something that removed it. I titled a page in one format command, gone the next. I had this illusion going into it that a template of something like your site would appear magically on the other side of the paywall and I’d just start typing. I’m in for a rather humbling experience to say the least. Not to mention the dozen or so hits I’ll probably get per month after I work through all this and get my poems up. Though I do see where your site gets over a 1000 unique visitors per day and is rated one of the top five poetry blogs in the country by Go-Daddy. Did starting back with the haiku make a difference? Or are they mostly checking in on your poetry criticism?

    • I had no idea I was rated one of the top five? Huh.

      So, in answer to your questions. I’m getting the most hits per day on my haiku I’ve ever gotten, which is to say: far less than other poets and their haiku. I visit some blogs, by readers who have subscribed to my blog, and see that they’re getting several times the likes. And I’m happy for them. I think my haiku may be a little too austere for most. I’ve lately been averaging between 20 to 30 hits on any given haiku over a thirty day period. As an example of a reader getting many more comments and hits than me, Nancy Botta just subscribed. Her website is Rusted Honey. Her latest poem “Seam Rippers” got 12 comments. My own poem, Sunday, received just one—yours. So, if you want to make it as a poet, then you’d definitely be better off learning from her than me.

      Other poets (and worth your visiting):
      Tumbleweedthoughts
      On the Land
      Short Prose (This blog is incredibly successful and her poetry receives lots of comments.)
      And I particularly like Susan Dalzell’s site.
      Capture It Before It’s Gone (Very successful poet.)

      Anyway, I could go through all my subscribers and list their websites and, of those who are poets, they’re largely all more successful than I am. Readers are mostly checking in on my poetry analysis, by a huge margin. And I’d call it analysis rather than criticism.

      Having said that, my poetry is read, but it probably represents only 2-4% of my total hit count. And having said that, I do think my poetry is probably getting more exposure on my blog than it would ever get in any ink & paper publication. I hope you don’t have stars on in your eyes.

      For whatever reason, my poetry goes largely unread. If you want fame and fortune, micro- and insta- poetry on instagram is where you will find it.

  6. I checked out those sites and yes I can see their appeal. They offer a pleasant visual invitation that works with the text. But i prefer a minimalist approach. I may include in a side bar the four faces of my poetry beginning with me as a a gentle faced 11 year old writing death poems to my current and most prolific mug, Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth’s. Actually scarier than that, but I feel well. Anyway, I’m making glacial progress on the design and hit upon the idea of listing all my poem titles to the right as you have your poetry analyses. Could you tell me what command you used to do that, if you remember? Then I’ll use my blog post to address criticism, suggestions, hot issues/poems, or new poem posts.

  7. Give up! What I was looking for was a “widget” according to chat help. And even that command was a cascading riddle inside an enigma. I’m going to lay out what I want on paper and pay a millennial to design the page and tutor me in the commands specific to my needs. My one bit of luck was to snag the domain name poemways.com, which typed alone into the URL bar brings up my page. Poemways is also the title together with the tagline “An experiment in literary investigation” (the same as the Gulag Archipelago). This sounds more serious-minded vs. the slightly flippant “Poems traditional, lovely and mad.”

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