I feel that in light of the last few years that I owe the group, and community at large, an apology.
However, there's a story to tell. I will try to make this as terse as possible. I will try to not point fingers, as there are usually three or four pointing back at you from your own hand when one attempts this. There's a TL;DR at the bottom.
It was November of 2009. I was in my senior year of high school. I had just had surgery to remove what we thought may have been a cancerous or leukemia infected lymph node from under my arm. Prescription strength, poppy-derived medication flowed through my veins. I found that I was writing poetry, something I'd done off and migrated from another site, Elftown, to dA.
Groups had recently been announced, but not launched. However you could get in on it early, with a little work. Surveying the group landscape of dA at the time, there were few literature groups. Of these few groups, some were poetry, but were selective. I wanted a group that embraced all poetry. So, OnlyPoetry was born.
And then it got big. My afternoon experiment grew. Exponentially. At first I could handle it myself, but as it grew so did the responsibilities. I added someone I knew that I could personally trust. We were able to handle this for a while more. Before long, the group grew too large to handle with just two people. So, we started to look for moderators to help out. We got some applicants and we even started to show them what we needed, but it never panned out. I'm not certain if this was due to my naivete at the time, or their lack of commitment, but I'm inclined to blame me.
Then we had someone we thought we could trust to take care of things as I was in college full-time, starting a new job, and had proposed to my wife. Most will find and agree that as you get older your priorities, desires, and commitments change. Studies, work and love had become the things I decided to focus on. So my artwork and, by extension, this group fell to the wayside in the process. I wish it hadn't been so. The other admin was under similar constraints. She moved clear across the country to attend university. She found out new things about herself and had new priorities as well. Suddenly, those things in our physical realm became more important than our digital realm. C'est la vie.
The person whom we left the group with was clearly not prepared to do so, through no fault of their own. We also failed to exchange sufficient contact information outside of dA. My fault again. However, we (my self and my original co-founder) do not condone the way in which this person handled the group or all its affairs. We also do not condemn it all outright either. We applaud their openness with the group. However, in our estimation of events, very few attempts at contact were made if this person wanted to be the new group owner.
I also encountered another problem in my personal life. When my wife and I married, we moved over three hours from home. Then I had a serious injury. At that time I had written what is becoming this entry. I was looking for someone to take over the group. I developed memory loss problems. I could barely remember what happened two hours ago, let alone things I had just said. I forgot about OnlyPoetry and the family that had been built around it. I forgot to give support to those that needed it. Chemical imbalances in my head were restored and these problems are nowhere near what they were. I still forget, like an elderly man forgets where he placed his cane, wallet, and teeth. But I can remember most of my appointments and commitments now.
Now we come around full circle to where we stand. There are those who will still be confused, upset, saddened, or harboring untoward feelings for myself or the group. I again apologize. I have some thinking to do, as I have far less commitments in my life. My wife and I moved yet again. I now only have one job, instead of the three I've carried for the last few years. I have leadership and maturity under my belt, tools in my arsenal that I didn't have five years ago.
TL;DR - Had medical problems, life took priority and I'm only human. Things went downhill. I'm sorry.
should be is open again, for those that wish to join.
Will we start again, possibly. Will this take some time, yes. Will I need help if we do it, yes. Can I do it by myself, no.
Expect another entry in a short while.