All of this! This is so true. Even when I get book club readers who go through and comment critiques, I feel so elated that someone is reading my story. Even just a vote or getting someone adding my book to their list.
I try hard to thank people even for votes and list adds but some slip through the cracks.
As an author without 1K reads on my fiction, it’s easy and fun to respond to readers comments. And I’ve definitely noticed that lots of other undiscovered authors respond quickly too.