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by surfgirl-CA | April 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM
All right, fellow listeners. Here we go! Best, Tina
So many of our women have sent me messages WANTING comments on their posts! Don't forget to engage! Let's make the most of our social network LISTENERS!
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I wasn't entirely sure that we listeners are meant to give comments on the pieces? Should we give constructive criticism?
yes, the info re. this is in the manual. You will also see that at the end of the evaluation form there is a check box re. if you have commented, however briefly, to the writer on her 'journal' page, where her writing is posted. I do not believe this is REQUIRED, but it is encouraged.This is a page seen by all other applicants, tho.
My remarks to my 1st assignment were, I thgt, a bit too involved to be public, so when I realized this, I emailed Delphine about it. If I write comments at that length, I will from now on send them direct to the applicant via my & her inbox -- altho Delphine says that is at our discretion. WP does want us to post something - encouraging etc. On the other hand, she also wrote me that a critique is also good, becz it will help the writer in future -- taking into account that applicants may not have much schooling or know English that well.
I noticed that various listeners have responded per their professions, to some extent . i.e., I gave journalistic suggestions. A teacher asked Socratic questions of the writer. So, IMO, we can bring diverse help to the applicants -- all valid.
write Delphine if you need clarification.
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise
I realize many of us do not have a lot of time. This is a lot of time to read apprx 6 entries/week & evaluate them judiciously! In the interest of saving time, engaging w/ the applicants & networking, this has become my approach so far. I'd be interested to hear yours also.
I open the entry page & read it.
I open the blank evaluation form page at the same time.
As & after I read, I make comments as they come to me on the applicant's page, below her entry. It actually helps me get a handle on the post, since some are a bit confusing. Or sometimes I have to highlight something to make it stand out in my own mind, to see if it fulfills the grading criteria. These go public to the 2013 VOF applicants' group. My comments/feedback might include ideas to further the writer's points, to ask for more info & for group input/discussion. Also to give him/her some (+) feedback & help perhaps create connection in the entire group page.
Anything more involved or critical (which does not necessarily imply negative), which could make her feel exposed re. her writing or approach, I send to her personally via her email (just click on her name in her entry). This includes tips on fulfilling the assignment & re. what WP is looking for.
At that point, I have 3 pages open.
Some posts are a bit hard to follow & require me to read them 2-4 times.
Then I send in the 3 pages to the WP site.
Each one takes me about 30 min, I'd guess.
if I see someone who I think will be a good fit for me in my work or interests, I friend them. No one has refused yet. It's nice to have a handy "Rolodex" of ppl who are inspired and involved in my own areas of interest.
From this approach, I am meeting fascinating ppl & I hope, making friends worldwide. It's a unique opportunity.
My efforts have definitely helped me feel connected to real ppl. And of course, feel that I am furthering WP's mission, which is a pretty cool concept. Not too bad for 3-4 hrs./week (tho it always goes longer w/ the friending & commenting on the commenting... ...)
Thx, all. On to week 2!!
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