How do I add a poem?
On the very top-right of the page, click your profile photo/icon. That will reveal your user menu, where you'll find the "Write a poem" button.
Where do I find new stuff to read?
The best place is the Front page. You can get there by clicking on "Hello Poetry" at the top center of the page. You might also like to check out the Classic poets
How does the front page work?
The front page is a mashup of: poems that trended, poems selected for the daily and poems that received sunshine. The poem's temperature is based on how the community responds positively to it (heats it up) and how long it's been on the front page (cools it down).
Once you've read a poem, it will be collapsed the next time you view the page. If you thumb-down a poem, it will be hidden next time you view the page.
What do the thumb/heart/repost/sun/flag icons do?
After you read a poem, you can express your reaction in several ways. Thumbing up the poem will "like" it, clicking the heart will "love" it and save the poem to your favorites, clicking the repost (recycle) icon will post the poem to your profile and share it with all your followers, and clicking the sun icon lets you push the poem to the front page by purchasing suns. On the far right, you can also thumb down the poem if you don't like it and don't want to see it again, or click the flag icon to report something offensive or inappropriate to the moderators.
How does a poem trend?
Whether a poem trends is based primarily on measurable activity like reads, likes, loves and reposts, though there are a number of other smaller factors that, in aggregate, can greatly influence whether or not a poem trends.
How is the daily poem selected?
Daily poems are selected from some of the most successful poems added to the site within the last month or so. The selection is done algorithmically (using measurements similar to the trending algorithm) and each poem is selected just after midnight UTC.
Can I add poems that contain explicit material?
Yes. If your poem contains certain explicit words it will be automatically marked as explicit and hidden from those who don't want to see explicit work.
How can I get more readers on Hello Poetry?
Once you've posted some poems, dig around the site (trending poems
, search poems
) and find other poems and writers that you like. Write a nice comment, like a poem or two and find some people to follow. Basically, get involved and connect with other people, and you'll find that other people soon start discovering your work.