Interaction with other writers is these days most definitely missing at triond. OK, we do not always have the time for such things, but surely it is only courtesy to make some kind of comment if you read something and enjoyed it?
There are times when it really is hard to believe that the triond family of writers is well over 200,000 strong, especially when you stop to look at the paucity of comments that one gets on the things posted. I admit that I fail spectacularly nowadays to post new things every single day, but that is not because I have lost interest in this site.
Far from it, truth be told, but I am spending more time on my fiction writing, as well as posting stuff at wikinut. Like I said before, since I stepped up my postings on that site, I have have almost twice as many views there as I get on triond – averaging 1100 per day this past ten days – and even if it does not earn me as much as I get for the same posts and views, I am STILL getting loads more exposure for my work, and extra cash into the bargain.
It really does make sense to go and see for yourselves how amenable and friendly the site is. I am now an established name there, with many star posts and followers, so it is certainly worth signing up for free and giving it a try. Go to http://www.wikinut.com/in/ughfl/
and get yourself involved, because you genuinely have nothing to lose – but LOADS to gain – by getting yourself on there. Best thing about it is that one seems to get far more comments and interaction with other writers there, which is something I feel is these days most definitely missing at triond. OK, we all lead busy lives, and do not always have the time for such things, but surely it is only courtesy to make some kind of comment if you read something and enjoyed it?
Even when the reaction the post provokes is anger, indignation, sympathy, empathy, or indeed whatever, then surely giving vent to those feelings in commentary is helpful both to yourself and the writer of the piece? We all know that the forums went because they were mis-used dreadfully, but comments can lead to dialogue between writers, and that is surely no bad thing.
The fact that such dialogue is thin on the ground is down to the unwillingness of most to make their comments, because it takes up too much of that precious time or else they cannot be bothered, but such communications are meat and drink to writers, so we all let each other down by not commenting far more than we currently seem willing to do. I supposedly have almost 20,000 fans and thousands of so-called friends, yet I receive precious few comments from this supposedly massive fan base.
With so many supporters – in theory anyway – I had believed that my short-story collection e-books – Which are all available at truly bargain prices at my amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006IYVA1K
all five-star rated, with stunning reviews – would have sold far more copies than they have, but of course that is not the case, because the support is mostly smoke and mirrors. There are still loads of reviews owing to me ( on that same author page) for e-books that readers have obtained, but the fact that they are STILL outstanding is just typical of the lethargy and general communication breakdown that makes so many of us grind our teeth in frustration.
Triond COULD be a great site, but there simply is not enough good or different enough about it to get the membership fired up to much more active and meaningful participation. I have always liked the site, and the friendliness of those who really are fans and friends, but we need a lot more of the readership to be far more active and vociferous if we want the site to become more than it currently is. The pay here is improving slowly, but without more openness and accessibility from the site administration, and an awful lot more inter-communication between contributors, triond is never likely to get any better than it is now, and in many respects that is a real shame.
I would like to see things taking a distinct turn for the better, but it all depends on those reading these words and how they respond. Apathy is self-destructive while commentary is very constructive, so which would you rather others thought about you and your attitude? All comments made will go to prove whether or not I am right to be so critical, so if I get more than a handful, I will be truly amazed.