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Message to Readers

bye kiddos.
its all gone now.


:) <3 (half an) adios to u <3 :)

March 9, 2021


sometimes things change and the product of that is revolution. sometimes things change and the product of that is we need to face the music. we are working with the second of those options. this site is turning into a wastehole for older/more experienced writers. as more changes are implemented, it's becoming more and more tailored for a certain age, a certain kind of writer that, to put it bluntly, i never was and never hope to be.

we know what's coming. but while we're all here, i hit 200. thanks for that. i do appreciate it.

pretty much i'm leaving indefinitely. might be for a while, might be for a week. i do plan on checking in every once in a while to see people. maybe i'll post some of my non-poetry pieces or articles. maybe i won't. everyone i want to have contact with, i have contact with already. 

wtw's been fun, guys. it's been a special experience, and i'm sure if there wasn't so much else going on i might have made more of an effort to stay. but as this year gets crazier, i don't need to feel more stressed about "saving" this site. i don't need to feel sad my best online friends are all slowly leaving. it's not you--it's me. and wtw. as a site. 

i'll slowly be unpublishing a good 90% of my pieces. while they are still up, i will still be coming on to back them up on my computer. if i see something i like, i'll like it. if i see something i love, i'll comment. i'm not restricting myself; if i want to come back at any point i'll come back. (remember that word indefinite?) but for right now, adios friends.

signing off-- riley (poetri)

nonfiction, sis. nonfiction.


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  • Wisp

    I would comment on a piece of yours and tell you how splendidly delightful it is, but I've read all your pieces here and I've loved each and every one.
    So, I guess I'll just tell you how much of a wonderful person you are (that sounds so dejected oh my gosh I'm sorry).
    The first piece I remember you liking was "Take Away" and I remember it so vividly because it was that moment that I was like, "Oh my goodness, poetri noticed me." Realizing that you just stopped and read my writing was enough to make me speechless, but knowing that you liked it too and linked it on one of your #giveusbackourwords pieces, well, I was awestruck. I can't tell you how speechless that made me honestly. I always considered you as one of the legends here, and knowing that you read my pieces back then just meant so much to me.
    And then you followed me here. And I was shocked. (You follow me on Prose too, but it just doesn't have the same effect, you know?) I was beyond speechless because it was then that I realized that I wasn't just someone who you stopped to read my writing, I was someone that made you stop and smile. And that meant so much to me. And when you reached out on Prose to me, ha, I can't tell you how surprised I was. I would've never thought--never in my wildest dreams--that you would interact with me, and then you did and I was like "Woah." (Also, I intend on binge reading your countdown to New Year pieces soon, so)
    Honestly, just thank you so much for all the support you've given me. I just wanted to personally extend my gratitude to you for all the kindness you've given me. Thank you for being one of my 110 followers, and thank you for all the sweet things you've said. You have no idea how happy it has made me.

    9 months ago
  • In Which Yaya Writes

    Aw. I've seen a lot of people leaving (or at least good-bye letters). I think you're a great writer and I hope you do well, wherever you go!

    9 months ago
  • The Secret Society of Purple Iguanas of Death Online

    We’ll be sad to see you go (kind of). I miss your pieces!

    10 months ago
  • happy butterfly

    replying: oh thank you so much! that means alot to me

    about 1 year ago
  • spectral

    i can't believe i missed this... you're one of my favorite writers here, its sad to see you go. at any rate, good luck in the future!

    about 1 year ago
  • joella

    NO riley i'm finally back and you're leaving...someone teach me how to use prose :(( your presence and friendship here meant so much to me. you'll be severely missed. love you

    about 1 year ago
  • Wisp

    I'm utterly heartbroken you're leaving. And there's so much I would like to say and tell you and just convey how I'm feeling, but at the same way I can't possibly begin to imagine where that feeling begins or even where it ends. All I know with any certainty is that I'll miss you as the writer - the person - we've come to love. All the best to you Riley.

    about 1 year ago
  • jun lei

    god, so many writers leaving our midst. riley, i remember the first time i encountered your poetry. it was "but what if i don't think everyone's an artist?" and i was awed. stunned. by your talent. 
    we will miss it, but more, we will miss you. 
    write free.
    and though you may write poetry, i'll see you tucked between paragraphs of prose...

    about 1 year ago
  • rainandsonder

    it's honestly really frustrating to see the admins refusing to listen to people, i second what @avoiding the big bang said about how it's probably because they don't generate ad revenue from this site. i'll miss seeing your writing on this site, but of course i'm on prose so this isn't too much of a goodbye. see you there instead!

    about 1 year ago
  • Paisley Blue

    :( I understand — but it makes me sad to see you go. You've been a presence here, from the first word I hesitantly wrote, to my first follower. Thank you for your beautiful writing. In case I don't hear from you again, I wish you the best. Take my love with you <3 Keep writing and live the best life you can.

    about 1 year ago
  • EliathRose

    I'm sorry to see you go. Even though we didn't interact all that much, it still feels like a loss of some sort. I have been seeing the things you mention happening on WtW, though -- even within the past few days, there's been less interaction, and it feels almost empty. I feel like in the WtW admin's attempt to make this site "safer," they've unnecessarily censored certain writing, and honestly, it makes me sad. Writing should be an outlet to let out all of your feelings, and it shouldn't be hindered by worrying about whether or not something is going to pass the guidelines or not. When you say it's tailored for a certain age and writer, what exactly do you mean by that? I'm making my own assumptions about what you were trying to get at, but I'm not sure if they're correct or not.
    Anyway, good luck writing elsewhere, and you will be missed.

    about 1 year ago
  • dahlia

    (not riley, too -)
    i suppose we'll all be going down this road sooner or later. either way, i'll see you elsewhere. >;) thank you for everything, riley.

    about 1 year ago
  • birthdaycandles

    Awh, I will miss reading your works as you decide to remove most of them... I hope to see your writing elsewhere in the future, you’re such a talented writer, and I remember many of your pieces that have had a strong impact on me. Adios for now, and I’ll hear from you when I hear from you :)

    about 1 year ago
  • crow_e

    congrats on 200! and yeah, i get what you mean. see you around!

    about 1 year ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    I don't know what to say... I wish I knew how to write some long sentimental goodbye that you'll remember, but I don't. I'm so angry at the admins because they're destroying this community and don't even care. I mourn you who are leaving because I'm not ready for Prose. I'm really really going to miss you. Goodbye, Riley. <3

    about 1 year ago
  • erin!

    while i didn't know you too well, i loved your work, and i hope you do well wherever you end up <3

    about 1 year ago
  • Samina


    about 1 year ago
  • sunny.v

    wait i missed a chance to be super cryptic in my goodbye while everyone's emotional um. >;) the evil hath been slain

    about 1 year ago
  • sunny.v

    congrats on 200, hon! completely get what you mean: i feel like the writing on wtw has slowly leaned towards something else, and while there was a time i really loved this site for what it was, it's not the type of writer i see myself to be. but on the flip side: see ya on prose, dude, heh. also sena's poem down in those comments was literally everything

    about 1 year ago
  • avoiding the big bang

    i understand your desire to leave; in supposedly protecting the writing focus of the site, write the world has willfully disrupted important writing-based communication between authors. it's frankly impractical, and sad that such a tight-knit community of online friends can be taken away so suddenly. as i watch more people leave, i have to think that maybe this massive boycott onto prose will change write the world's mind, because they need writers to run the website, but unfortunately i think that this "migration" may have been their intent. write the world doesn't use ads or make money off of its website, so they're perfectly free to let huge crowds of writers go without consequence. i've spoken to a lot of people in my actual life about this and i think that write the world may be trying to flush out its current population of writers, because what with the pandemic they may want to sell its interface to schools to use for online learning. just a theory of mine, but if it's true we'll be seeing less and less actual friendly interaction on this website as more and more schools join private groups and publish writing there. but in any case, people leaving doesn't affect write the world at all monetarily, which is so sad, because they're free to ignore all of the real losses of the people here. monetizing a website is actually a great way to listen and pay attention to the public's concerns, because you want to make changes that will keep customers there, but unfortunately write the world remains ad-free and designed the way one director wanted, as opposed to the way thousands of young writers wanted.
    the only thing i haven't yet understood about your goodbye letter is your notion that the site is becoming "more tailored to a certain age." what age is this - younger or older? i'm confused by your wording - is the wastehole driving out older writers or keeping them in? just wondering what you meant. i honestly haven't noticed much of a change in the type of writing here at all, just a decrease in feedback and such.
    congrats on 200.

    about 1 year ago
  • A Certain Type of Decisive

    Nostalgia is a irritating little thing, always calling us back to where we have grown away. I'll miss you, I'm not quite sure what this site will be without you-- you've made quite the impact. I wish you the best of luck in everything, all the reading and writing yet to come. It's a big old world, but don't worry too much. You're going to be amazing.

    about 1 year ago
  • a rose

    Oh Riley// oh Riley
    Our P R E C I O US Ri
    Our Accidentally Namesake
    To Some Athlete or Other

    You spit baywater
    Like a rapper spits rhymes
    (Except you're too much
    Of a germophone to actually go
    In baywater (I'd bet money on this)

    You were the best poet on this site.
    A mother, a friend, an ally.
    A sister, Our Personal Lorde.

    in your lowercase poetry
    & sorta VSCO-esque fits,
    & your morbid fear of tik Tok

    Your messages to fight conservatives in comment sections!
    Your sweet judgemental reviews!
    your obsession with melodrama!

    Oh Rome! Lend us your ears!
    A might warrior has today died!
    A warrior...of words

    ur hair smells good//
    can you autograph my hand?
    ill never wash it ;)

    about 1 year ago
  • almost flora kane

    this is definitely what I've been feeling too.
    hope anything and everything goes well! you're a very talented writer, and i'm wishing you the most good luck :)

    about 1 year ago
  • outoftheblue

    but I mean I'll def miss your presence around here, see you on prose :)

    about 1 year ago
  • Dmoral

    catch u on the flipitty flip

    best wishes ~

    about 1 year ago
  • happy butterfly

    wow i saw this coming.im going to miss you so so much. even though i dont know you,i feel as rhough my big sister or mentor is leaving.its been an honour and pleasure to read your poetry.your work has forever left a mark on me.coming on this site clueless,your work will forever hold a special place in my heart,an inspiration.im going to miss you.i hope you have an amazing life.and maybe, just maybe, ill see you one day,in a supermarket ,ill look over you like a stranger.or ill know who you are.either way i will always remember you.keep writing,because we both know its beautiful<3

    about 1 year ago
  • inanutshell

    see you around! completely understand wanting to leave - aside from personal lives, wtw just hasn't been the same. you're one of my fav writers on this site, so i'll definitely miss you, but glad you're doing what you think is best. adios for now! :)

    about 1 year ago