In Defense of Kudos
Confession- Kudos make me HAPPY.
I keep every story comment and every Kudos email from Ao3.
That one click per reader is a good thing. I’m blessed that they come regularly, nearly every day. It gives me a lift to see a new person leave kudos on more than one of my stories. I ‘SQUEE’ and say, for instance, “Hey there, ClockWeasel. Welcome! Thank you for all the love! I wish I could hug you right now.” :) It tells me they liked one of my stories enough that they looked for more from me.
It makes me want to finish WIPS and write more stories.
So, yeah, comments and reblogs are AMAZING. It’s a dream come true to read a thoughtful question or insight RE a story that I put thought and time and effort into.
But, Kudos matter, too.
Thank you to every reader who has given me the gift of Kudos!