Date: 06/04/14 05:00 pm Title: Thank you.
I stumbled across this little essay, and to be honest, there have been times were lack of reviews, even with a 100+ read count, start to discourage me from writing. I don't really review, since I don't read much anymore, but when I click a story, I, 99% of the time, review it. I always try to say why I liked it, and things I think could be a good idea(without being obnoxiously pushy ofc).
Reading this has made my soul feel happier. Really, you took time to write this out and it means a lot, even though it's from several months back. I used to be a ghost reader as well due to shyness and lack of belief that the author would even ever see my review. This lets me feel like they do see it, and that I'm important when I review. I love all of my reviewers dearly.
Thank you for writing this
Author's Response: Oh my! Thank you so much for your review! It doesn't matter that you found it several months later, all that matters is that you found it! I am happy that people are still finding this thank you essay, and are being touched(that kinda sounds weird >< ) I am always ecstatic when I find out that this had another view. Thank you again for taking time to review, it means a lot to me. :)
Date: 12/29/13 04:55 pm Title: Thank you.
This is extremely sweet of you to write such a thoughtful message such as this. I know I'm guilty of what you sort of brought up... I have a very low self-esteem so when I have high read counts and no reviews, I often think that many people clicked on my story, hated what they read, then just clicked back without telling me what they disliked.
Truthfully I still sort of feel that way, but you opened my eyes and made me see what I tend to do myself. I often read stories on my phone and I don't really have time to write the thoughtful reviews I want to (since I'm out or at work). However when I get home, I still don't have time to write the reviews and the story continues to update without my input. So I've tried to overcome that and even leave short reviews, promising that someday I'll leave the longer one I've been intending ^^
I suppose it's still just hard for me, as I just usually berate myself and tell myself how lousy I am until I hear otherwise. That's why reviews make me feel so special. I actually recently wrote a rant (that was super hardcore flamed, sadly DX...which of course didn't help my self esteem >.>) saying how I didn't like how some authors responded to some reviews. I suppose it's all relative; I thrive on reviews so I feel that I need to respond to them so I can make my reader feel as good as they made me feel. When other authors don't do that, it upsets me. I personally have never really been the victim of that (as the authors I write for are really nice and respond sweetly to my reviews), but I've come across a few stories whose authors...well, let's just say wouldn't make me feel valued if I still reviewed for them :( But I suppose it's neither here nor there, and even a small simple message is enough to make them feel good, whether they actually appreciate it or not.
And even if there are no reviews for my stories, I can take solace in the read count, knowing that there were that many people who at least THOUGHT my story was interesting...whether they completed it or not :)
This is long-winded, as I tend to be lol But thank you very much for taking the time to write this thoughtful piece. While I'm still skeptical of myself, this has at least tried to make me mindful of the read count rather than the review count and take solace in that instead. Thank you for your time and your sweet words to the authors of these sites. You're a dear ^^
Author's Response: First off I would like to thank you for your review, I do not mind that it is "Long-winded" as you say. I am extremely happy to have been able to reach you in such a way. Hmm I have not seen this rant of yours but I do agree that it makes you feel nice that the author responds, or at least thank you in their notes. I just assume they do not have the time. I am so sorry to hear that you have encountered such authors... I was surprised that one of my favorite authors put in her note before a chapter that if you don't have anything else to say besides 'great job' 'keep up the good work' or 'can't wait for the next chapter' then don't bother reviewing. I was greatly saddened. I do enjoy her work but do not review. I feel that any review no matter how short or long is worth something. At least they have spoken up and said that they enjoyed your work. Oh my I'm ranting lol....I have to sadly say I have not come across any of your works, I must fix this! Oh no thank you! I admire you authors greatly! This was my simple little thing to show my support of everyone on here be them authors, readers, ghost readers, admins, and such. Plus I thought some authors might be able to understand why some do not review or review how they do. Thank you for your kind words. You are very sweet :)
Date: 11/14/13 11:19 pm Title: Thank you.
Hello. I just wanted to say thanks. My newest story has actually gotten me into an emotional rut lately. It's the first time writing a second person story, let alone a CYOA/WWYFF, so I was nervous about it from the very beginning because I was way outside my comfort zone. As the read counts got higher and higher with no one saying anything, I became self-conscious thinking that something was wrong. Finally, the first comment I had received was a person just telling me that naming the reader was wrong. They were there, but they didn't give my story a chance.
It left me frustrated and angry at this person, at myself and everyone. I continued to write because I do enjoy writing, but it's like I could feel my heart harden up. I didn't like the feeling, but it wasn't the first time I had received an insensitive comment from previous stories before, so I've been feeling like I should just update my stories when I can, but otherwise just close myself off. Say thanks to whoever just decides to comment on my stories, but that's it.
Reading this brought a smile to my face as a reminder as to why I'm still writing. Yeah, I still want feedback, and I've been trying to encourage people to leave feedback because I am eager to know what they think, no matter how small of a thought it is, but I know I can't force it. I'm also one of those people who would rather wait to review until the story is finished, and sometimes I forget that the reviews in between the chapters before the story is finished is rather important to the writer also. That's why on GotVG, I promised myself that I would review at least once for every story that I add to my favorites list. The reason I began writing was for me, and the reason for sharing my writing is to improve, at the same time as to entertain people. If I have read counts on all of the chapters, that means that someone read it from start to finish, and whatever that something is that is in my story, it kept them interested long enough to read everything that I have so far. This reminded me that even if that something isn't pointed out in a review, that I still have accomplished something.
Thank you. Now I don't feel like I have to close myself off or prevent myself from making new friends. :)
Author's Response: Oh my gosh, your review made me cry happy tears!! I am SOOOOOOOOOO glad no happy no ecstatic! that little 'ol me could help you in such a way! It brings me joy that this brought a smile to your face, and helped you. I just wanted to get my thoughts as a reader out there and let every author that they are appreciated, just that some of us are shy and don't want to write a simple "good job". Now I know the power of reviews, and like you I have promised myself to review the stories that I enjoy. I am just happy that so many have read my little point of view! AND get such wonderful reviews! Wow... You guys are the best! Even the ones who don't leave a review, I don't mind. I'm just glad they read what I had to say. But, wow, you really showed me what my thought have done. Something great. I thank you! and like I say on my profile, I am here to be a non-judgmental party if you need to vent, talk or whatever. If you want my input I will give it. I will gladly give my e-mail (I think it's on there?) and I posted my real name on the FB page of this archive. Just let me know who you are and I will gladly accept new friends! You authors are the best!
Date: 11/13/13 11:03 pm Title: Thank you.
. . . . Thank you . . . .
Author's Response: :) No my dear, thank you. You all are really making me blush with these reviews.....and put a big 'ol smile on my face lol. This is about the authors, not me. But thank you and everyone else for reviewing. YOU PEOPLE are the best!
Date: 11/13/13 08:19 pm Title: Thank you.
So, I just really need to thank you for writing this. It means a lot, especially coming from a former ghost reader such as yourself. (Which is something you needn't ever feel bad about, in my opinion. It's enough just to look at the read count sometimes and know you guys are out there, giving our stories a shot~.) And more than for this, I'd like to thank you for having the courage to give out even the simplest reviews. C: I know that, as a fanfiction writer, my reviewers are cathartic for me, and I would never have gotten this far in my fanfic venture without them.
So again, thank you muchly for all of this~ ♥ This was a nice surprise to stunble upon and it brought huge grin to my face. ;D
Author's Response: I am so glad I was able to make you smile! You guys are so kind. Like I said before I really wasn't expecting any reviews but I heard my phone buzz and here I have three wonderful reviews! It makes me happy when I saw the read count! I have never had anything with such a high one! It is my absolute pleasure to have written this. I am glad that I made people smile. I'm not sure if people think I am sucking up or not, but! I just wanted to express my feelings toward skilled writers like yourself. And also give you all that extra boost to continue to write! Like I said before, I enjoy escaping into a good story and you all have given me the opportunity to do so! So I thank you once again. :)
Date: 11/13/13 08:19 pm Title: Thank you.
Haha, your story sounds quite a bit like mine, actually ^^ I started on fanfiction.net in middle/high school, although I was trying my hand at writing. I have never stopped since (though I have taken several long breaks) Then I moved to FOS, then Luna, then Jamly, and now I'm here ^^ It's been a long road learning to be a decent writer, and I've always been so thankful to the people that offer any comments or criticism. It really has kept me from giving up on myself. I do understand the shyness of ghost reading though, so it doesn't bother me at all (anymore lol). Thank you for coming out and giving us a glimpse into your thoughts on writing as a reader. I plan to be right there with you as an old lady writing about my favorite characters ^^
Author's Response: Oh wow, you guys are so kind! Thank you very much! I must admit I have read some of your stories on here but haven't had the chance to review. I will take the time now to tell you I enjoy your stories very much. Oh yay! We can be pervy old ladies reading/writing about our favorite characters! lol Once again thank you for the review. I really wasn't expecting any, just wanted to get my thoughts out there and let all of you know that you are appreciated!
Date: 11/13/13 07:04 pm Title: Thank you.
I just wanted to offer my thanks to you for taking the time to write this. It was so very sweet of you to do. As an author who writes and doesn't really read (don't have the time) I can say for myself that reviewers such as yourself mean the world to me. I write because I love what I do, but just as stories get you through hard times, reviews get me through mine. It doesn't matter how short they are, just knowing that someone took the extra time out of their day to say something at all means the world. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.
Thanks so much for doing so, and I say that for all reviewers and fellow writers. We can grow a great deal by supporting each other~
Author's Response: Oh my gosh!, I never thought I would get a review! lol But thank you, I am glad you enjoyed this. You are very welcome, it should be I thanking you! All of you actually. But I hope my little essay has the power to help others, even if we don't review, I like to let people know that they are appreciated. It's my simple way of saying thank you. You all do so much, it was the least I could do. It's sort of my way to review every story on this site, lol I am lazy. But I love to put a smile on others faces. Once again thank you! ~Spork