There are two things I see authors on here complaining about a lot, which are 1) silent readers and 2) "update soon!" comments, which basically translates into "I'd really love some decent feedback on my story that actually tells me what my readers like and doesn't make me feel like an underappreciated chapter-producing automaton."
There are two things I see readers complaining about in response to this, which are 1) authors demanding comments (sometimes holding chapters to ransom) and 2) authors not replying to comments, which basically translates into "but I have no idea what to say most of the time and whenever I summon up the courage to actually leave a comment, the author ignores me anyway, even if they've said they want comments, and so what's the point?"
No comments = the author feels unloved and underappreciated. No replies to comments = the reader feels unloved and underappreciated. Everybody complains. Nobody wins.
So I thought, rather than grouse at each other, why don't we each commit to something really small that will make everybody just that little bit happier? Why not help spark the change you want to see?
Why not take on the #mm2k17 challenge and pledge to do one of these for the whole of 2017?
I pledge to respond to up to at least three comments I receive per chapter I post.
I pledge to write a (minimum of a) three-sentence comment on at least one story per week.
If you want to step it up, why not try the mega- or ultra- challenges? Head on over to the blog post for more information. And don't forget to challenge others to it or to put #mm2k17 somewhere on your profile!