What can I say about notes. We all crave them, we all like them. We may believe we don’t, but we do. Why do you share your writing with people if you don’t want feedback and a sense of accomplishment? And notes along with features are a known debate around here.
The tumblr “famous” writers will often say, “Notes don’t matter.” And people will think, “Yeah, not to you. You have a thousand followers.” And I thought the same. When I just signed up and had ten followers and saw these people say a hundred or a ten notes doesn’t matter. Well, not to them. But to me they would. You know what? They don’t matter that much.
Now, I’ve had a couple of features in the past, all prose. It was nice because it makes you feel appreciated and makes you feel worthy. And these works would get 15 to 20 notes. It felt good, it still does.
But a couple of days ago I wrote “Room 237”. Which is a reference to “The Shining” just to say, since nobody got it when I asked. I had just finished watching Inception, and somehow got inspired for this poem. Banged it out in ten minutes and posted it. I felt it was good, which is pretty rare for poetry of mine. But I never imagined what happened.
It got featured, I went to sleep. The next day it had more than 30 notes. And I was over the moon. For a first couple of minutes. You see, I tend to scour the blogs that like my stuff. Kind of common courtesy, I don’t like back, or follow back by default. But I like to see who likes my work. But now, there were 30 blogs that I wanted to check out. And some of them were just created, or haven’t had anything posted and so on. Still, their likes felt good, if they read it of course. But you know what? It didn’t feel as good as likes and comments from my regular followers. Every note means something to me, because hopefully people liked it. But when you have followers that read your writing all the time, they comment on it, and hopefully you follow them. Features and tons of notes can’t beat that. I used to think they do, but they don’t.
"Room 237" is currently standing at 48 notes, and I do feel proud. But I also feel proud when people constantly like and comment on my writing, or when they talk to me. Because this is a community. I used to think the amount of notes means everything, and once I get my first big piece, it all going to be great and splendid.
Getting featured is nice, getting a ton of notes on your pieces is also nice. But nothing beats your loyal readers and the community.