And now I wonder.
I wonder how many of you who consider yourselves to be strong writers feel comfortable posting in LJ communities? To which ones do you feel most comfortable posting to, and why? Does it make a difference if it's a closed community or an open one?
I wonder how many of you who consider yourselves to be developing writers or new writers or just under-encouraged or under-read writers--how many of you feel comfortable posting to LJ communities, and which, and why?
I've recently been thinking about posting to LJ communities more because it's hard to post friends-locked fics knowing they might get recced to people who can't read them. And there've recently been a spate of communities--hd_falling, almost_hd, hp_classic--that I've been excited about posting to, because I was excited about the subjects of those communities--even to the point that I started thinking about writing fics specifically for those communities. But that's not something I've ever done before.
I don't much care for communities where a lot of fics I've already read on other journals or fic archives are cross-posted. I don't see the point. I'd rather link to a personal journal when a fic is crossposted to that fic on a community. Because if you're like me you'll read the person's fic and then trove all over their journal if you really like the fic to see what the person is like as well.
There are some communities like contrelamontre that I'm in awe of, because I have always wanted to participate but have never been able to. Then there's pornish_pixies which I joined the day it was formed but which I've never posted a single fic to. I always felt guilty for being a member because I'm a sham. I don't really write smut.
(which, by the way, happy birthday yesterday, veuki!)
I imagine I'm not alone in regarding certain fic-posting communities with awe, some others with wistfulness, some others with total indifference.
But what determines which communities we post fics to?
What are we looking to get out of fic communities anyway? Is it about feedback? Or is it about reading material? Which matters more? Or is it something else?