It actually could’ve because Wattpad has given many opprotunities to many people over the years. But yeah, it’s awesome to see what Wattpad has done to help others gain attraction. It all kind of started around 2014-2015-ish when they had a Star program going on where some authors were able to get in on the publishing journey where Wattpad acts as their agent. It’s been great for many writers, considering the amount of people who got published traditionally and those that are getting movie and show deals (such as After by Anna Todd, originally a One Direction fan fiction which was traditionally published as a trilogy/series a while back, now has a movie coming out next year by Paramount; The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles, a cliche YA romance story which was published when she was seventeen, and Netflix came out with an original movie; and now we have Light as a Feather by Zoe Aarson).
I’ve never truly taken a break from Wattpad just because I love it here and use it way too much throughout the days. I have had times where I couldn’t come on due to no internet or no laptop. For now, I haven’t been on the main website for about a month or so because of no internet access. I use my phone to get on the clubs as I have a Bluetooth keyboard, but I hate using the app for the main website stuff, so… I’m waiting until my hotspot returns so I can use my computer (I have a lot of reading to get caught up on).
I’ve grown up with Wattpad, the same as you. I came on when I was fifteen, and now I’m 21, turning 22 in a few months.
The quality of stories are now half-and-half. Back then, just about all the stories were cliche and crappy. Now, more original stories that are nicely edited are showing up more than the cliche ones. So there has been a lot of changes.
As for the website, many things have changed through the profiles, story formats, and other things. The most recent, major change was this part of the website. They changed it over to Discord because everyone was wanting better forums, and they couldn’t change anything with the older forums as it was just so outdated, so in September, they switched it over. This was used as a beta-website for a couple months, for users to give feedback on, and once the majority was happy with it, it was a done deal.
Another major thing that changed is the fact that we have a Wattcon. This started happening in 2015; they had one in England, then in Toronto, and now at New York. I’ve never gone (due to low money), but I hope to go someday. You can also watch it on YouTube:
Just go to Wattpad’s channel.