I feel strange coming to your lovely site and immediately complaining, but my co-worker and best bud – Julianne – who is a member told me about this place and said you wouldn’t hold it against me. And I really must rant just a tiny bit.
I joined todays-woman.net after seeing an open invitiation posted to a guest book by Rose DesRochers, who runs the site.
What a mistake. :Smack:
The site is difficult to negotiate. Pages load slowly, and the poetry listings, in particular, are not displayed well. Fonts are very small in places, and sometimes they are such a light gray that they are hard to read. I was having difficulty so I e-mailed Tech Support. Many days go by, no answer. They later claimed they never got the e-mail and that the pages load just fine for them. Guess my problem is solved then.
The site is billed as a workshop, but “critique” consists of largely comments like “i luv yr write”. What is it with text-message-ese? And if I remember correctly, one of the mods posted like that.
The site has forums – about 30 of them – but most of them contain only posts by Rose and most of the posts have no responses. I clicked on forum statistics once by mistake and saw that Rose had, in fact, made about 80% of all posts. Her posts also abuse the English language in ways that make me cringe and wonder why someone who runs a WRITING site doesn’t treat the English language with more respect.
I told them I did NOT want their newsletter, and yet they kept sending it to me. I finally reported it as spam.
After seeing all this, and ever the optimist (masochist ), I stuck around and made six or seven benign posts to the forums over a couple of weeks, maybe a month. Then the other day, I clicked on the site and got a big message that my IP (actually my work IP – I love my DSL) has been blocked. Huh? I checked my e-mail, and I have a message saying my account has been deactivated. During a brief exchange of e-mails, Rose says that my presence at todays-woman, “served no other purpose than to reek [sic] havoc.” Again…huh?
Oh well, no big loss.
I would recommend that serious writers join another site. Todays-woman won't waste your money, just your time.