By Anisa A. Claire.
Fall is around the corner and that means WC usually gets a lot busier, so I wanted to take a moment to talk about reviewing and what it means to a community like this one.
Writer’s Carnival is designed a little differently than the rest of the writing communities out there. What’s the difference? Well, for one, we trust our members because we want this to be as close to a real experience as possible. Like, as if you went to your local writing critique group and were sitting down face to face with people. That said, we have to have the right people on board. People who truly want to learn.
A lot of other sites will force their members to review by gamifying the process, but we don’t see writing as a game here, we see it as a lifestyle. We believe people will do the right thing because they want to do the right thing and because they want to grow as writers. So far, it’s working pretty well, but we need your help in making this dream become a reality. We need you to do your part. We need you to want to give back to your fellow members and to want to learn from the process of reviewing. The benefit of reviewing goes way beyond just giving feedback to another member, it also helps you learn how to edit your own work and read all different kinds of writing. It helps you to appreciate literature in a whole other light.
It’s simple. If you post, review. If you receive reviews, reply. If you post long stories, review other long stories. If we all review the short pieces, guess what? The longer ones won’t get any, so keep it in scale to what you’re posting. If you post novel chapters, review other novel chapters. Keep the cycle going because without those reviews, there is no community. What grants you the ability to get feedback on your work is the fact that everyone puts in what they get out.
Isn’t it nice being part of a community where you’re treated like a human being? Like an adult? Where you are extended trust and are able to make the choice to make this community home through your personal actions? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t enjoy communities where everything is automated and regulated to the point of removing the human aspect. Technology is great, but it does have it’s disadvantages.
Now, that’s not to say there won’t be consequences if you don’t review because there will be. We will eventually weed out the individuals who are not putting back into the community and we will ask them to leave, but usually before that happens, the community itself ends up picking up on the fact that they’re only here to benefit themselves and the reviews stop coming in. So, do yourself a favour and be sure to review a minimum of three pieces for every post you put up and if you’re not interested in the community side of things then this might not be the site for you.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you prefer this style of community on the Internet? The one where people are held accountable for their actions and are given the responsibility to act accordingly or do you prefer the automated sites that force you into doing the right thing even if you would have chosen to do it on your own? Do have a better sense of belonging in this type of environment?
I’d love to hear back from you all and I’d also love to hear your suggestions on how the reviewing process could be improved, if you think it can be improved at all. Or if you think you shouldn’t have to do reviews even though you receive reviews, I’d like to hear what the reasoning is behind it all.