Over the years on various platforms, I’ve seen one thing when it comes to content sharing: Dedicated self-promotion categories/channels/communities/clubs/… are not used by content consumers whatsoever. Instead, it’s mostly creators who dump their link and leave. This leads to a situation that’s a bit like you’re a plumber at the world plumbing conference going around asking others if they have leaks you can fix: Your customers simply won’t be found in this location. Your audience isn’t there.
I suspect it’s the same story for the share your story boards. After all, this site is called wattpadwriters, not wattpadreaders.
With that in mind, I’d like to ask someone with access to more advanced statistics to look at the link click-through-rate on these boards (if these stats don’t exist, enable them for a couple weeks in Google Analytics) and make a decision based on that.
If it turns out that, indeed, nobody reads those boards with the intention of finding a new story to read, please change the boards or shut them down, because even if writers would like a place to self-promote, encouraging them to spend a lot of time walking towards a dead end is not nice, to say the least. Some ideas what can be done instead in the SYS boards:
- feedback requests. There is a “I give feedback” board, but an “I want feedback” board can be beneficial, too, because a single critic only is going to have their one and only own opinion. I’ve found that these boards need some quality control, so rules like “you must ask for specific feedback, not just ‘is this good?’” or “you must give feedback on at least 2 threads and link them before you post your own feedback request” may be necessary.
- (self-)analysis threads: Discussion of which literary devices are being used with what effect in a certain story and whether or not that makes them good or bad.