I will be one to admit I tend to give up a lot when it comes to reading stories on FA. Especially when I don’t know the writer (even a good chunk of times when i do know the writer) I tend to end up reading things I flat out have no interest in reading. I may have a thing for dudes and will soon be marrying a dude but I don’t really have all that much interest in the four million yiffy murry purry stories that end up crossing my vision. I also really have no interest in fantasy, something that I’ve found a lot of furries can’t understand when the entire fandom is based around fantasy. Though even in both of these genres I’ve found stories I absolutely love. Taste barriers are huge when it comes to reading all of these stories, one of the reasons all of these sites have the tags. If something is tagged “sorcery, combat, knights” or “butt sex, erotic, yiff” I will probably tend to click the little X button and make it go away.
Have I missed stories that people say are amazing that I go back and find later that I do actually like? Yes. Does it happen often? Not really. (Well, the second half of that sentence, anyways.) Like Poetigress said, there’s just so many stories posted.
Then there’s also the case of writers who…just shouldn’t be writing. The stories that are damn near written in text speech without punctuation or capitals. There are a LOT of these out there. Of course the only two (decent) ways of fixing this problem are either 1) To post a wall of constructive criticism bigger than the story itself, or 2) To start having stories be accepted by someone before they can be posted. Both will create about the same amount of a problem.
I also don’t comment on things as much as I’d normally like to. Submissions will stay open on my phone for days before I get around to reading them, and by that point reading feels more like a task rather than an enjoyment.
Ryan Campbell actually posted a great comment on the FWG journal about the mentoring program, I think it was in response to Hauke. Hauke had mentioned something about not having legions of fans watching his work, and Ryan put simply, “…writers don’t really get those to begin with. You want that, you’re better off learning to draw.” It’s just infuriatingly frustrating that this is an issue, but it is. There are maybe half a dozen writers in the fandom who actually have a large following on FA. 80% of that fan base is Kyell Gold. Nothing against Kyell of course as he’s a great writer and overall great guy. He must have secret bacon or something he offers to people who watch him on FA.
I’d love to make contests involving the Thursday Prompts; something that can get people reading and commenting again. I just hope it’s not a doomed idea.