Why notes matter
I’m sure a lot of readers who may not happen to be content creators are wondering, “Why are the admins/writers of blogs I follow freaking out over “best stuff first” and notes?”
It’s because notes tell us how you feel about our writing. Likes, reblogs, comments, DMs, ALL of those things are the lifeblood of our work. Sure, there is a part of us that writes just to write because it’s fun and we love the characters/shows that we choose to indulge in.
You know that feeling you get when a writer answers your ask? That flood of “oh yea, I’m so excited to read this!” That’s how most of, if not all of us, feel when we get notes, ESPECIALLY reblogs! Bonus if you have fun tags or add a note saying why you love the post, that you love the post, ANYTHING is like life/muse infused water.
But when we put content out into the world and no one responds or barely does, it stings. It makes us doubt ourselves and our work and wonder why we’re trying SO HARD and putting in so much effort if no one is even going to read it or take that little bit of effort to let us know how they feel about it.
It’s so discouraging for me, a blogger who is one away from 1800 followers, getting barely 10-30 notes on any given post. Unless my work totally sucks, that just isn’t right.
That is 1.6% of the people who follow me letting me know what they think of my work.
So, in cold hard black and white that means 98.4% of my followers either didn’t see the work, didn’t read the work or didn’t like it.
If you don’t like it, that’s fine, I’m sure that’s going to happen. I don’t even mind if you respectfully tell me so and if you’re feeling extra generous tell me how you think I can improve.
But the feeling of being ignored or of failing so hard no one wants to even bother telling you, it sucks.
So yes, notes matter, likes matter, reblogs matter, comments matter, ALL OF IT MATTERS to us as content creators.
And it’s not just Tumblr where reader/creator interaction is missing. Fanfiction.net, AO3, Wattpad, Deviant Art, I’m sure all of these places are suffering from the same lack of reader/consumer interaction.
We’re doing this for free (most of us, if you do commissions awesome and I wish you best of luck and it’s great people are willing to pay to get more).
So please, if you want more content, please think of your words of encouragement, thankfulness and just general opinion as the currency.
We provide words of imagination, fantasy, fun and indulgence.
Will you, dear readers, consider “paying” us with words of thanks and encouragement and/or in reblogs and likes?