Leslie and I decided that our previous Poetry Project wasn't working. I was constantly having people tell me that they forgot all about it. As the point was to have more people reading poetry, we wanted to take a moment to step back and see what we could do to make things better. We were thrilled by the people that remembered every month, and we hope they will continue to participate! We have only made a few changes.
First, we have come up with guideline topics for each month. You do not have to post about the guidelines. They are just for people that have a hard time coming up with a post idea. Here are the topics for the next year:
July – Kelly – Meet and Greet Questionnaire
August – Leslie – Read a poem by a Pulitzer Prize Winner
September – Kelly – Read a Classic
October – Leslie – Halloween Poems
November – Kelly – War Remembrance
December – Leslie – Holiday Poems/Mid-Year Reflection
January – Kelly – Christina Rossetti
February – Leslie – A poem about love, hate or heartbreak
March – Kelly – New Release (2012/2013)
April – Leslie – What could have made you appreciate poetry more when you were younger? How would you raise a poetry reader?
May – Kelly – Endicott Studios
June – Leslie – Read a poem from the original lists.
July – Kelly – Shakespearean Sonnet
Second, you can now post whenever you want. If you still want to post at the end of the month that's fine, but I was even finding the certain days kind of restrictive. And, you can post more than once. If you want to post every Wednesday, for example, and put your link in the Mr. Linky that's perfectly okay.
Which leads to the third thing. We will now be putting Mr. Linky up the first Wednesday of the month. That way you can write your post and then link it. You don't have to wait and then maybe forget. The Mr. Linky will rotate. This month I have it, next month Leslie has it, etc. When we do the wrap-up posts at the end of the month we will refresh your memory about who has Mr. Linky and what the topic is. I also created a tab for the Poetry Project.
So, for a relaunch we decided to start back at the beginning and do a questionnaire. If you don't want to answer the questions just remember the topics are only guidelines and you can post about whatever you want.
Why do you want to join for the Poetry Project?
Do you have a favourite poet?
Hopefully this will go longer than a year. Do you have any suggestions for themes?
What are your experiences with poetry in the past? Have they been positive or negative?
Tell us about a poem or poet that has had a profound effect on you. If you can't think of a poem, how about a song? Or a line from a story?
What frustrates you about poetry or the way we talk about poetry?
Tell us something about yourself that has nothing to do with poetry!
Here is the Mr. Linky for July, but you can also post your links from June here, too. If you don't, we will!