|goeskaboom (goeskaboom) wrote,|
@ 2013-10-11 13:31:00
|Entry tags:||fandom, fanfiction, kaboom makes observations|
Most people who read fanfiction on AO3 are aware of the kudos feature. It's a bit like the Facebook “like” button, where you click it and it sends a little notice to the writer of the fic that you liked their work. I think it's a nice feature, especially when you read something, and like it, but you can't think of anything to say other than “I liked this thing!”
But apparently, there are a number of people out there who really, really fucking hate kudos, to the point that they throw a fit if anyone deigns to leave a kudos rather than a comment. “It's destroying comment culture!” they'll complain. “Nobody ever comments on my fics anymore!”
Maybe that's indeed the case.
But outside of a certain few stories, nobody leaves comments on AO3, it's all kudos. In fact, oddly enough, the only fic of mine on there that's gotten more than one or two comments is a 150-word drabble I wrote for Sleepy Hollow because I was bored while waiting for one of my classes to start. And don't get me wrong- I'm not complaining. I'm actually really flattered that people liked that silly little brain-dump! But it just goes to show that the fics on AO3 that get lots of comments are completely arbitrary. I've seen 200,000-word epics get next to no comments, but about a billion kudos. And I've seen 200-word ficlets get about a billion comments, and next to no kudos. It's very random, and from what I can tell, it doesn't have a whole lot to do with the writer, or the quality of the story. It just seems like the lottery, almost, where there's really no telling whether that ticket you pull is going to be the one that wins you the million dollars, or if you'll just get the two-dollar consolation thing. Posting up your fic on AO3 seems to be like that, to me.
Maybe you'll get a bunch of comments and no kudos. Or maybe you'll get a bunch of kudos and no comments. More likely you'll get a mixture somewhere in between. Just be happy that people are reading your stuff!