One night, some two years ago, I was looking through the Clubs and came across a post about an author who was leaving WattPad because, despite putting in tremendous effort, they were still buried in obscurity under the likes of middle schoolers writing real person romance fan fictions, even after years of writing. I remember one of the responses to that was something to the effect of “I’m so sick of this happening! Another good writer leaving because of this BS! Why does this site keep driving away writers who actually care?”
For some reason, that stuck with me, because it made me wonder if I’d be leaving at some point in the future.
About a year later, someone left a comment on my wall out of the blue. It read: “Hey man don’t disappear like so many others.” It’s still there, on my primary account, Obsidian Productions. At the time, I tried to reassure the person, letting them know that I was working on several projects, and in the process of re-uploading my entire 15-novel franchise to a brand new profile.
I wasn’t exactly expecting to blow up with reads. But I did think that the algorithms that run the site would at least try to help me out a little bit, considering I was regularly and consistently uploading content.
I launched my secondary profile, this profile, on February 5th, 2017. I uploaded 16 novels, 3 novellas, and 16 short stories to that profile. All of them written to completion, all of them edited and formatted pretty well, all of them having at least fairly decent looking cover art. The results of that? To this day, I have yet to break 100 Followers, and my most read title sits at 3.2k Reads.
After that much effort, with those results, I honestly can’t help but feel I’m just not welcome on WattPad.