DiaperDesires wrote:I can see over 100 people have read my story so far, and no one has commented on my writing skills if I have any or how the story is. I welcome constructive feedback so please feel free.
This topic comes up a lot around here, especially in the Author's Corner section.
One reason that stories don't get a lot of comments here is that a lot of people read stories but can't comment on them because they haven't signed up for an account:
This morning guests have the "registered members" outnumbered almost four to one.
Among the registered members online, there are also three "search bots" who can't comment either (and even if they COULD comment, would we really want them to?
) And because they're just "bots" they can (and do) sometimes hit the same page over and over at different times, trying to keep the most recent version on file, which leads to more "views."
So those fifteen "people" online is actually eleven guests who can't comment, three search bots who can't comment, and only one person who CAN comment!
Among the registered members who have read a particular story, there are a lot of reasons why they might not comment -- here's one older thread on the topic but there are plenty of others: http://boundforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=96247
One important point in that thread is that there are a LOT of different interests within the BDSM community, and if someone starts reading a story and realizes that it's about kinks that are different than theirs, they'll often stop reading. That doesn't mean that it's a bad story, but if I'm mostly into one particular kink and start reading a story with a generic title that turns out to be about something else -- especially something that I'm NOT into at all -- I'll just hit my browser's "back" button. If I don't even want to finish the story, am I going to want to take the time to comment on it?
The poll at the top of this story is a nice touch -- people can "comment" with just a mouse-click, but that doesn't really offer a lot in the way of feedback, either. Since we're a relatively friendly kinky community, it's sometimes harder to leave critical comments and reviews out in the public eye, so a lot of the time the only comments merely say "nice story!" which doesn't offer much feedback.
Sadly, a lot of stories here will never get ANY comments, but in many ways that's because of the impersonal nature of the internet.