Rather than type it all out again, I’m more or less cut, copying and pasting what I put in another thread.
Yes. My reads have declined - from a few hundred overnight to 10 if I’m lucky. Stories that used to get 1k a week are now getting next to nothing.
I’m just lucky that I had followers - who are extremely loyal, some re-readers and so forth or else I wouldn’t have had any reads. I also entered ONC so got traffic related to that - I had a story search thread going in here about it but would also have read many entries myself.
My stories are superficially ranking but down a bit and hidden usually by a sprew of banned/ illegal content around them in the worse case scenarios. In others, there is low read or unrelated to the tag stories that haven’t been updated for years and have clearly been abandoned.
Most of the tags, have a few specially placed, promoted reads near the top. (eg the Beta ones, Watty winners or others on the radar). Then there’s a pile of low reads odd things unrelated to the tag - so a genuine reader is going to stop scrolling. Eg WTF I’m looking for #ValentinesDay and that’s a rant book. The next is BTS gifs followed by rebel song lyrics and a porn story.
Further down - there’s mine - but the reader has already gone or is, as Wattpad may have intended, reads the promoted story.
Obviously banned content -child porn, smut roleplays and banned images along with abandoned stuff and spam is creating a thick wall that would impress Donald Trump. The supreme ones are on one side of the wall and what they want to suppress on the other side of it.
I’ve investigated numerous tags and reported hundreds of items - but nothing has changed. New, even foreign language stories have arrived to take their place. So perhaps a Hungarian one-shot written in 2015, a Vietnamese copywrite comic and a spam a/c for a Spanish call girl service.
Like Donald Trump aspires to, it’s an impenetrable wall and designed to keep certain classes powerful and others hopeless and unwanted.
This has been going on for about 4 months now but I blamed myself at first.
I blamed my Christian/Muslim romance for offending someone. (not that anyone commented about that - mainly things were positive - that it was realistic, funny, perceptive).
Then I blamed my ONC entry likewise - although most readers are finding it hilarious.
I also had a Christmas story, that although (very strangely) was not ranking on any Christmas related tags - found repeat readers who also seemed to bring in more - and they read the other ones.
if I’m so hidden, book clubs here, further competitions etc are a waste of time to attract reads. I’ve 8k done for Opennovella and will finish that.
However, on the plus side, I’m thinking, if Wattpad has gone to the trouble of hiding my stories either deliberately or by accident of them being too popular, they might (with a round of edits as they’re all rough drafts), be better than I thought.
Unless there’s a backstop by the weekend, I’ll take this as an omen to take them elsewhere. This border control has been going on for nearly a quarter of a year and I’m all for free movement of people, goods and stories.