L-chan (mellowcandle) wrote,

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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.
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