decide to write, though, look through the simple guidelines we have set
up for writing:
Guidelines for being a member:
Members of "writer" status cannot be inactive for 7 days.
That is to say, within 7 days of your last post, a new one should be
up, or writer status will be changed to "contributor". *Breaks from
writing are common and normal, and will be arranged on a case-by-case
2) Overtly explicit content in posts may be subject to moderation
or revoking of writing/contributing status.
3) The content of the posts can cover anything except the
a. Personal issues, feelings
b. Events in your life
c. Random thoughts
4) The site design and code is edited by Michael Wright and Ben
Tang. Any suggestions on design are welcome.
5) Complaints should also be sent to either of these two as well.
6) These guidelines are not very strict and may be different
for each contributor, given that everyone involved has vastly different
lives and schedules.
thoughts on what to write and why you should write (by mike):
The intent of this site is to be a forum for individual writers to post
their thoughts on events or things in their lives. It is also intended
to be a place where one can read others thoughts as well. The writer becomes
reader and vice versa. The tone of writing should be personal and conversational,
as if you were talking to a friend or writing them an email. An individual's
posts will not be edited for grammar or content (except what is listed
above), those things are left to the discretion of the writer. I tend
to write in a more formal way, because I feel that is the way that I can
best get my point across. No one else is restricted to this way of writing,
except for the idea that how one writes should be in a way that one feels
best expresses one's thoughts. A post does not have to be as long as mine
are either. You can write more or less; just write as much as you need
to fully flesh out your idea, give background information, and explain
yourself. I think a good size to aim for, if one must aim, is about 600
words, but that is certainly not a rule.
intent of this site is a more personal cause for writing. I think that
by expressing your thoughts in writing, you can better understand your
own thoughts, and by extension, better understand yourself. There is a
lot of room for self-exploration in writing, and I think this site can
be a suitable forum for that. And so, in writing about your thoughts,
dreams, family, daily life, etc, you may be able to get a better feel
for them by sharing them with others.
feel the need to censor yourself. Certainly you will not want to share
the most intimate details of your life with a variety of readers. The
point of the site is to not give away all of one's secrets. Rather, the
point is to share meaning found in things. What you write should be an
expression of that meaning in some way (see previous posts on the site
for examples). Of course, you can share intimate details if you so desire.