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Day 6: How do you interact with readers' responses (or lack thereof)?

I'm trying to be better about this, actually. I was really spoiled in CCS fandom. I don't know how that happened, and I started to take feedback for granted.

Now I'm trying to better show my gratitude by replying to signed-in reviews, even if it's just a simple "Thanks for your review!" I like to know my work is appreciated, but I think people also like to know that their feedback is appreciated. They don't have to review, and most people don't, so the ones who do are golden.

I keep up with my traffic count, too, which gives me an idea, that even if something only gets a couple of reviews, at least I know I have a readership. It can be kind of obsessive, though. You start to think, "If X number of people are reading, why do I only have Y number of reviews?" The important thing to remember is that people are reading. People I don't even know are reading my stuff. That's amazing.

One thing I think I could be better about is reading myself. The reason I don't read a whole lot in ToA fandom is because I'm still working on my own stuff and I don't want to be overly influenced by someone else's plot/characterization/interpretation. I need this story to be mine, as far as something based on someone else's creation can be mine, but you know what I mean. But I do read a little bit here and there, and I do try to comment every time, because I know part of getting feedback is giving feedback. If you comment on someone's fic, there's a good chance they'll check out your stuff, too. I met several people in CCS fandom that way. So remember it's a two-way street. If you want people to review.... well, do you review?

Could I use more italics? I guess I'm in an italics kind of mood.

Current Mood: grateful grateful
Current Music: ray of light--madonna

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cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: October 20th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
On average I get 1 review for every 10 views of a chapter I write. I've been taking reviews for granted as well, but I think it's especially important to be responsive to your early reviewers, the ones who comment on your chapter 1s and 2s.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 20th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
1 for 10 is pretty impressive. I'd love to have that number.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: October 21st, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been reviewing more lately. As an 'author' myself, I think its important to share feedback. And you're right, if someone reviews it is more likely that more people will check out their stuff too. I tend to click on people that have written good reviews to see what their stuff is like. Or what other stuff they like.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 21st, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I look at favorites lists of people who favorite my stuff, but that makes me paranoid sometimes. If I see something of mine next to the kind of cliched garbage I hate (like "Sakura and Syaoran are in rival gangs and hate each other but live together because of a dare omg what will happen S&S") then I wonder if my stuff is any good after all.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: October 22nd, 2010 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, I know what you mean. You're summary cracks me up, because I've seen fics out there like that. :)
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: October 22nd, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's such a weird feeling, isn't it? Recently someone favorited all my T&T stuff, so when I went to look at their favorites list, it was full of AU "Syaoran is an asshole playboy, Sakura's a frigid bitch, and it's hate at first sight!" stuff. I'm just left thinking, "What on earth did you find appealing about MY stories?"
serena_b From: serena_b Date: October 22nd, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously, I don't really see the point to AU fics like that. If you're not going to use the basic story, setting, or characters....just make up your own shit instead of writing fanfiction.

Some AU fics are ok, as long as the characters are represented or something, but jeez, if they aren't going to use anything from the original material except for the names then it's just pointless.
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