I started my account when I was like 13 and haven’t been back in 2 and a half years and now I’m 17. But anyways… I started wattpad for the obvious reasons: I love books, reading etc and I tried my hand at writing… however where I truly flourished was the clubs.
I was heavily involved in the MDC, I started getting interested in graphic designing, made some really good friendships, started a lot of cover shops, and would post every week in the Graphic Stalkers thread (idk if thats a thing anymore lol). And then I took a two, three, year long break from Wattpad. I lost connection with many of those friends after being away for so long.
I came back just to see how things were going and holy shit was I surprised lol I honest to god didn’t recognize anything about the clubs. I’m still confused. There are badges? I remember there were the numbers under our icon to show how many posts and comments we made, mine was in the thousands. The community was a lot more orange too. It took me at least 20 minutes to figure out how to start a topic
Wattpad used to be a lot more liberal when it came to what you can and cannot do. How long has wattpad been like this? Do you all enjoy it? When I tell y’all I was surprised to see how much it changed I was reallyyyyy surprised.
Wattpad is a nostalgic part of me that helped me break out of my shell and embrace my creativity. I often miss the times where I would skip homework to talk to other people on here, to mess around in photoshop and see what sort of covers I could make for other writers. It was a nice time and a time I miss especially now that I’m getting ready for college.
I just sort of wanted to share my thoughts about the community from a person who hasn’t seen it in over a year. I like how wattpad has been trying to make their website professional I’ve heard some great success stories about writers who have had their books turned into shows and movies. The change is astonishing and I’m curious about you, who were around when it did change and what your thoughts are. What were the reactions? I remember when wattpad made some new guidelines to the MDC it started a lot of backlash and drama. I’m not sure how many people will respond I mostly just needed to get this out of my system haha