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LoveHistory
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Post by LoveHistory » Thu April 21st, 2011, 8:30 pm

In just about any group, only around 10% actually participate on a regular basis.

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Margaret
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Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
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Post by Margaret » Thu April 21st, 2011, 9:01 pm

One site I was on actually had a no-lurking policy--if a member didn't post within a certain period of time, she got kicked off.
That's a weird policy! We have over 1000 members now - it actually might be a little chaotic if all of them felt obligated to post, whether or not they had something they wanted to say. And lots of times, people will lurk for quite a while before they feel comfortable jumping in - it would be a such a shame to miss out on interesting posts because people got booted off the forum before they felt ready to post.
Browse over 5000 historical novel listings (probably well over 5000 by now, but I haven't re-counted lately) and over 700 reviews at www.HistoricalNovels.info

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Madeleine
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Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: "The Moor" by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 1:06 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Maybe most members don't post because, while interested in the discussion, they don't have anything useful to add at the moment? As in this one-- I've been reading it, but not posting until now.

On Facebook, I hide those people who fill up their status with posts like: "blueberry muffin for breakfast this morning" or, "I sure am pissed with my mom right now." And I try not to post unless what I have to say is worth somebody's time to read it.[/quote]

Which is exactly why I hardly ever "do" Facebook. :mad: :rolleyes:
Currently reading: "The Moor" by L J Ross

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Shield-of-Dardania
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Post by Shield-of-Dardania » Tue June 7th, 2011, 8:44 am

I think one should be allowed to lurk, or hibernate, from time to time. It's just the nature of the beast, I reckon. Just a personal opinion, though.

Anyway, how about we have a permanent section or topic focusing on book review (of someone's novel in draft, even small sections maybe, not a completed one).

It would give a novice, like me for instance, a means of learning his skills from accomplished writers, while allowing established authors to share a bit of their wisdom with others.

Perhaps have another one discussing writing method too.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue June 7th, 2011, 12:17 pm

[quote=""Shield-of-Dardania""]I think one should be allowed to lurk, or hibernate, from time to time. It's just the nature of the beast, I reckon. Just a personal opinion, though.

Anyway, how about we have a permanent section or topic focusing on book review (of someone's novel in draft, even small sections maybe, not a completed one).

It would give a novice, like me for instance, a means of learning his skills from accomplished writers, while allowing established authors to share a bit of their wisdom with others.

Perhaps have another one discussing writing method too.[/quote]

There already is a section entitled "Member Writings" where you can post excerpts from your work or links to your work.

In addition, there is a "The Craft of Writing" section in the Author! Author! forum where you can discuss writing-related questions.
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MrsMorland
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Post by MrsMorland » Thu June 9th, 2011, 11:41 pm

i just happened to log in today after many months. my excuse is that I had a baby! Hoping to jump back in now though!

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Post by Misfit » Thu June 9th, 2011, 11:44 pm

[quote=""MrsMorland""]i just happened to log in today after many months. my excuse is that I had a baby! Hoping to jump back in now though![/quote]

Glad to see you back. Please stay around a while (although having a baby is a good excuse).
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Vanessa
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Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Fri June 10th, 2011, 8:44 am

Congratulations, Mrs Morland! :D
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Moor" by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Fri June 10th, 2011, 9:26 am

Congratulations Mrs M, and welcome back!
Currently reading: "The Moor" by L J Ross

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parthianbow
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Post by parthianbow » Fri June 10th, 2011, 9:43 am

As the father of a 4 and a half year old, and a 2 year old, I think having a baby is a VERY good excuse for not having been here! :)

Welcome back!
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