Write the World is a friendly community that is clearly valuable to each person in the club as well as each member of this site. I'd say its frequent members as well as its more rare users do an excellent job of holding it up. Everybody here is super nice and supportive of one another's writing.
Today, we're going to give tips on how to be even more supportive (if possible), how to give yourself a good web image, and overall how to be a Write the Worldarian...
...like a boss *dabs.* Actually now that I write that it really doesn't sound right, does it?
1. GIVE YOURSELF A PROFILE PIC/BIO/MSG TO WRITERS. This is fairly basic, but to those of you that intend to have a commitment to WtW, make sure you give yourself a bio, a profile photo, and a message to writers. This distinguishes you from the sea of blank users with gray eyes as their pictures. I personally am more inclined to follow and read the work of people who have taken the time to distinguish themselves.
Of the three things I've mentioned, I'd say profile photos are probably most important (bio being second). Profile photos are what we instantly see on the dashboard whenever you publish, like, or review something.
2. READ WORK ALL THE WAY THROUGH. It's weirdly tempting to like something without reading it fully for the sake of laziness or whatever, but this being a website where we give and seek feedback, it's really important to carefully read everything! If you work really hard on something, you'll definitely want people to read it thoroughly, so make sure you do the same to others.
3. DO NOT GIVE MEANINGLESS FOLLOWS. I can't tell you the number of times I've had one singular notification and it is, "____ is following you." The person in question has given no indication that they've read any of my work. Often people follow their own followers without reading anything by them. I know this might seem like a nice gesture, but please do not do it! I find it extremely dispiriting when someone meaninglessly follows me on a site where I am searching for support because of my writing. Make sure you're reading people's work!
4. REVIEW FOR THE SAKE OF REVIEWING, NOT FOR THE SAKE OF LOOKING LIKE YOU'RE REVIEWING.
I also can't tell you the number of times an almost blank review has popped up on the dashboard that has zero highlights and a few hastily-written review comments. Why review at all if you're not going to put effort into it?
Think of this like a treat-others-the-way-you'd-want-to-be-treated system. Most of us want detailed, specific feedback on our work. If you want people to give you stuff like that, give them stuff like that! The system only works if you're as committed to helping people as you are to your own improvement. Please review, and please care about the piece you're reviewing enough to want the best for it. This site runs on writing feedback! Contribute.
("Write the Worldarian" is a phrase I just came up with, and already I'm going to use it in every single piece ever.)
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