2019-10-02 20:23:29 UTC
I'd like to thank umrats who've responded supportively to my lament(able
poetic parody), but I'd ask - where were you in not replying to Sid
suggesting a BTN ? If you all ignore neoBTM, what hope have I got ?
Here's the gist of my reply to an email I received this morning:
Yes, I'm genuinely sorry, but really what is the point ? I do and would
miss umra too, but the umra of old, not the umra of today which is a
pale shadow of its former self.
I genuinely work hard to try and contribute to umra without being as
controversial as I know I have been in the past (and usually ended up
apologising for), but to what end ? The latin limericks got 1 reply
about the latin grammar. Very amusing and typically umratic, but was
that it ?
Was my comment about Rosie's plums a couple of weeks ago maybe too
subtle - or did people think "ITYM them" was a transphobic remark (which
occurred to me later) ? Did they not realise that what also went
missing at the event referred to was Rosie's non-chocolate plums and
that was what I was referring to ? Surely a BTN, as was boning the
baby. I don't really care whether Sid accepts them or not, or whether I
win any prizes at the BT ceremony, but if you don't get any "laughs"
even, what's the point of making the "jokes" ?
I've felt like this before and got over it, so maybe I will this time
too, but umra is dying. Maybe losing BTMS was the last straw to add to
all the other missing umrats, Kimbo and Robin, Marjorie and LFF even
though I usually disagreed with them. And Jo and Dumrat and many others
who only post rarely or never.
I think it maybe is the right time to move on, but I'll give it one more
When a delicate but much-loved plant is dying it needs TLC. That is what
I hope will happen with umra, but it needs more posts most of all. From
you reading this and from all the people who now only look in
occasionally and hopefully umrats who no longer read or post. I will be
contacting those of them that I am still in touch with on FB and
elsewhere to ask them to re-engage. Please do the same with your contacts.
I will ask them - and you - to reply to more posts: with unfunny puns
(there'll be an occasional gem); impenetrable ramblings; general
wittering on TA or OT subjects. I don't care, but replying shows that
YOU care about the poster and what they are writing. How hard can it be
? Most of us are retired now and although we have other interests and
distractions surely we have more time now, or were we all just wasting
time at work ?
There's a fine line between AOL style me-too posts and support, but I
know I've been guilty of enjoying a post but not responding to it,
perhaps leaving the poster feeling unappreciated. So I will try to
respond more to posts as well as try to start more threads, while still
avoiding the sensitive subjects that umra leaves alone and that make its
so unique on social media in its atmosphere.
I'll give it the rest of the year. Who is with me ?
Please post something in reply to this - I have just deleted the 2
entries in my KF, but I suspect that I am on several others, which is
fine, but I'd like this seen as widely as possible.
Thanks if you got this far...