I have read all the posts on the subject, and since there is some truth in the two arguments, I would like to try to calm the spirits of the fandom :
First, we always have to remember that we don't have the same lives, the same experiences, and so even if we don't agree with someone, we have to respect their feelings.
Personally, I don't care about likes, comments, or reblogs. I was desperate the first year when no one seemed to like what I was posting, I wondered if I should stop, it was almost an obsession, I compared myself with other blogs. Then over time, I learned not to pay attention to it. Now some posts have over 100 notes, some still only have 20, but that's okay.
There are no obligations to like or share. Especially if it's not our taste. There is a lot of writing that I have not reblogged because I did not like them enough. Sometimes I don't even leave a like. But that's because it's not my taste, that doesn't mean that the writing was bad or that no one else is going to like it. On the other hand, if I really like, then I reblog, because I want everyone to see these wonderful writings.
I know this, so I accept that some, well a lot, of my posts don't get shared much. I know this is not going to appeal to everyone. But since I write mostly for myself, it doesn't hurt me, not anymore. I don't have to post my writings here. Sometimes I don't, I don't want or need it.
Beside that, I closed the requests. Because I was no longer motivated to write for others. Not because they didn't like what I had done, but because it had become an obligation. A lot of the ideas were great, but I wasn't enjoying myself anymore, I was writing like a machine, and that's not the point.
In the end, everyone is therefore a little right. Authors have the right to be sad and angry because no one is reacting. They also have the right to not care.
You don't have to like, comment, or reblog, but it's best if you really love the content. Yes, some like me don’t care, but some writers need to see that you like what they are doing. I was like that once, I understand. It can be very hard to think that you are not welcome or that your writings are not good.
If it's a requirement because you're on a taglist, especially if you haven't asked for it, or because you're afraid of being rejected, then there's a problem. Or of you don’t because some people said you should’t, because they don’t like this blog, it’s even worst.
Most of us know what's going on on the Discord... I'm so sorry that a Fandom that could have been great ends up like this. But we do know who, and if they're happy with the same stories over and over again, by the same writers, who are mostly only rebloging each other, I respect that too.
But hate and bullying is never a good thing, or funny, or normal. I'm going to remind one last time that Cody Fern himself was harassed, so I don't understand how you can call yourself a fan and act like that, for whatever reason.
Fandom is made for fun. If you like, share. If you don't like, ignore. If you're posting to please, think twice.
Thank you. I hope all the Fern community a good day. We don’t have to all be friends and like the same things. But we can be respectful and try to share this website for our entertainment; even more during this pandemic.
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