dbskyler: (tardis)
From what I can gather, it's a generally accepted axiom that people are more likely to leave a comment for a story on LJ than they are to leave reviews on Teaspoon. I've certainly seen that, anyway, and I even made a post about it once.

Well, my latest fanfic posting -- which consisted of chapter four in a WIP -- broke that rule, in a big way. I posted it here on LJ yesterday morning, and it went thump. Silence. Crickets chirping. Of course, me being me, I immediately got worried. Does it completely suck? Have I embarrassed myself forever? I did consider that the huge gap between now and when the previous chapter was posted (*cough* four and a half months ago *cough*) meant that, quite understandably, people were no longer interested, but that didn't stop me from jumping to the "it sucked" explanation. I then wondered if I should go forward with posting the chapter on Teaspoon, but I re-read it and, well, I still liked it. So I posted it, and it got validated late last night, and as of right now the chapter has three reviews. Which for Teaspoon is very respectable, especially considering it hasn't been up for 24 hours yet.

So now I'm left wondering why there's such a huge discrepancy between the LJ reaction and the Teaspoon reaction. Because I can't help wondering about things like that. Anyone with ideas or insight, feel free to help me guess.

(And by the way, this is NOT NOT NOT a backhanded request for people to leave reviews for the fic here on LJ. I would hate to feel that anyone reading this starts to feel obligated, coerced or harassed into giving me reviews. There is no requirement to read any of my fic in order to read my other journal posts, or to be on my flist, and there's, like, a negative infinity requirement to actually like my fic. I'm just, you know, curious, and posting about my curiosity. Hopefully that all goes without saying, but sometimes it's good to explicitly say it anyway.)

ETA: When I posted this I had 0 comments on the fic, but that's now changed, so whew! Still a better reaction from Teaspoon, though. I think it's just a slow week on LJ.
dbskyler: (tardis)
From what I can gather, it's a generally accepted axiom that people are more likely to leave a comment for a story on LJ than they are to leave reviews on Teaspoon. I've certainly seen that, anyway, and I even made a post about it once.

Well, my latest fanfic posting -- which consisted of chapter four in a WIP -- broke that rule, in a big way. I posted it here on LJ yesterday morning, and it went thump. Silence. Crickets chirping. Of course, me being me, I immediately got worried. Does it completely suck? Have I embarrassed myself forever? I did consider that the huge gap between now and when the previous chapter was posted (*cough* four and a half months ago *cough*) meant that, quite understandably, people were no longer interested, but that didn't stop me from jumping to the "it sucked" explanation. I then wondered if I should go forward with posting the chapter on Teaspoon, but I re-read it and, well, I still liked it. So I posted it, and it got validated late last night, and as of right now the chapter has three reviews. Which for Teaspoon is very respectable, especially considering it hasn't been up for 24 hours yet.

So now I'm left wondering why there's such a huge discrepancy between the LJ reaction and the Teaspoon reaction. Because I can't help wondering about things like that. Anyone with ideas or insight, feel free to help me guess.

(And by the way, this is NOT NOT NOT a backhanded request for people to leave reviews for the fic here on LJ. I would hate to feel that anyone reading this starts to feel obligated, coerced or harassed into giving me reviews. There is no requirement to read any of my fic in order to read my other journal posts, or to be on my flist, and there's, like, a negative infinity requirement to actually like my fic. I'm just, you know, curious, and posting about my curiosity. Hopefully that all goes without saying, but sometimes it's good to explicitly say it anyway.)

ETA: When I posted this I had 0 comments on the fic, but that's now changed, so whew! Still a better reaction from Teaspoon, though. I think it's just a slow week on LJ.
dbskyler: (Sarah typing)
I always get very nervous before posting a story on Teaspoon. I get obsessive about feedback -- I check the reads to see how many people are clicking on it, I look for reviews and I look at the stats to see if anyone has made the story a favorite. Okay, probably a lot of people do that, but in the 24 hours after I post a story I do that a lot. Sometimes every 15 minutes. And it's always a huge sigh of relief to get the first review, and a second sigh of relief to get a second review because for some reason I've developed an idea in my head that if I can get at least two reviews of a story then it's "acceptable." I.e., two reviews means that I haven't failed as a writer. (And the sheer absurdity of that sentence as I write it down ought to cure me, but unfortunately neuroticism is harder than that to get rid of.)

But my latest story was validated and posted to Teaspoon last night and this morning I woke up to zero reviews . . . and didn't mind in the least. Because, for the very first time, I had posted the story first here on LJ. The only reason I did that (as opposed to doing a simultaneous post) is because the story was my entry to an LJ ficathon. But in consequence I had already gotten a bunch of comments back on the story here on LJ. And while the story is unlikely to be anywhere near as popular on Teaspoon as it was in this particular LJ community that it was written for, I find for the very first time that I don't really care. I already know that at least some people out in the universe like the story. So there!

Of course, I'm not going to say that I'm not thrilled that my story has, as of tonight, passed that magic "2 reviews" mark on Teaspoon (and I don't know where I got that from, really I don't), but all day today I was far more relaxed about it than I would otherwise have been. Perhaps I should post all my stories to LJ first.
dbskyler: (Default)
I always get very nervous before posting a story on Teaspoon. I get obsessive about feedback -- I check the reads to see how many people are clicking on it, I look for reviews and I look at the stats to see if anyone has made the story a favorite. Okay, probably a lot of people do that, but in the 24 hours after I post a story I do that a lot. Sometimes every 15 minutes. And it's always a huge sigh of relief to get the first review, and a second sigh of relief to get a second review because for some reason I've developed an idea in my head that if I can get at least two reviews of a story then it's "acceptable." I.e., two reviews means that I haven't failed as a writer. (And the sheer absurdity of that sentence as I write it down ought to cure me, but unfortunately neuroticism is harder than that to get rid of.)

But my latest story was validated and posted to Teaspoon last night and this morning I woke up to zero reviews . . . and didn't mind in the least. Because, for the very first time, I had posted the story first here on LJ. The only reason I did that (as opposed to doing a simultaneous post) is because the story was my entry to an LJ ficathon. But in consequence I had already gotten a bunch of comments back on the story here on LJ. And while the story is unlikely to be anywhere near as popular on Teaspoon as it was in this particular LJ community that it was written for, I find for the very first time that I don't really care. I already know that at least some people out in the universe like the story. So there!

Of course, I'm not going to say that I'm not thrilled that my story has, as of tonight, passed that magic "2 reviews" mark on Teaspoon (and I don't know where I got that from, really I don't), but all day today I was far more relaxed about it than I would otherwise have been. Perhaps I should post all my stories to LJ first.
dbskyler: (Ten looking up)
I recently discovered an awesome blog by Doctor Who and Torchwood author James Moran. Among his many interesting posts is the following observation that I think is useful for every author to keep in mind, including us fanfic authors:

No matter what you write, some people will hate it. Not just dislike it - *hate* it. Best thing you've ever written? Someone out there fucking despises it already, they just don't know it yet. Lots of someones. You can't please everyone, so just do your best work and make sure you're happy with it.

Go James Moran! You are right. And I need to take these words to heart, because I let myself get way too invested in how many people leave me reviews and whether people think my writing is any good. It doesn't matter! I'm not getting paid, I'm doing this just for fun, and in the end all that should really count is whether I am accomplishing my goals, which are pretty easy to accomplish -- give myself a creative outlet, indulge my love of the Whoniverse and have a good time. So there, external validation demons! It doesn't matter, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter . . . [rinse, wash, repeat]

And I have to tell you, James Moran, I disliked your episode "Sleeper" but loved your episode "Fires of Pompeii." And the fact that you linked to this video makes me love you.

Midnight

Jul. 12th, 2008 08:07 am
dbskyler: (Default)
Saw "Midnight" last night: spoilers follow )

In other news, my latest story on Teaspoon is still a dismal flop. Oh well, it was a bit of an experiment anyway -- more about trying that style of story again, and less about really wanting to write the story itself -- and that's probably the problem, actually. I'm very very tempted to delete it, although it did get two people favoriting it even though it doesn't have any reviews. Well, maybe I'll let it go a few more days and see what happens first.

thump

Jul. 11th, 2008 12:05 am
dbskyler: (Default)
So, it's been 24 hours and the story has sort of thumped. A lot of reads and 0 reviews. Although I did get two people favoriting it, and it's two people who have never favorited me before. But there's still time, it might pick up a review in the next day or two, especially since the weekend is coming up.

Or maybe it's not a very good story. And I suppose that would be all right too. It would be a bit of a stretch for me to leave something up that I don't think people like -- I would prefer to delete it and try again with something else -- but maybe that's something I have to fight against. Leaving up bad fic -- allowing bad fic to stay -- publicly acknowledging that not everything I write is well received -- it would probably be good for me.

And on another note . . . less than 24 hours to "Midnight"! Yay! Hope it's a good episode.

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