8 January 2011

Kudos!

8 January 2011 11:49 am
michelel72: (General-Writing-PenFanficWriter)
So AO3 recently introduced a "kudos" feature. I had no idea what it was when I first encountered it, but now I (think I) get it.

I know some folks don't like it. I also was tipped to a mention of me over at [livejournal.com profile] stargate_anon, in which an anon apologized for leaving a guest kudo rather than a signed one on one of my fics. (If anyone happens to be curious (bet not), no, I don't tend to hang out in the anon forums; I really like to know what's going on and who/what is being talked about, but I just don't have the time or energy to follow the anon memes. They're so busy! And so nested!)

For what it's worth: I'm perfectly fine with and appreciate kudos. I don't mind if they're unsigned. I adore getting feedback of any kind, and while comments thrill me, I know sometimes readers don't feel they have anything specific to say. That's why I've started adding anonymous polls for numeric ratings to my latest fic — I'd rather have feedback than worry someone liked (or didn't like!) my story but for whatever reason didn't want to comment. (I would go back and add the polls to my older fic, but LJ/DW only creates polls when an entry is first posted, not when it's edited.)

My one regret is that there isn't a workable way to thank individual readers who leave kudos or anonymous ratings, so for what it's worth: To anyone who leaves me a kudo or anonymous rating, thank you!
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