Had a pretty good conversation with Flame Haze about this, just wanted to take the discussion board-wide. What are your thoughts on VMing people, requesting them to read your fic?
I have no problem with the premise. A little advertising never hurt anyone, and it's a good way to get the word out there that you have a new fic out. But where I have a problem with it is when it gets to the point of near-spamming. Here is my take:
Sure, everyone wants as many readers and posts on their fic's thread as they can get. But IMO, constantly VMing people with "Hey, my new chapter is up" can be a little annoying. In addition, isn't it true that if you are writing a fic that people genuinely enjoy reading, that there wouldn't be a need for the "Hey my new chapter is up" post? Sure, people are busy and they sometimes need reminding, but I guess my feeling is that if the chapter is up, the people who like reading your fic will find it. And obviously, a one-time heads up to people, informing them that the fic is up and ready to be read is just fine. But after you inform someone that the fic is there, I don't think the constant barrage of VMs is necessary after that (and certainly not o a chapterly basis). If they are into your fic, they will stay current with reading it.
IMO when you have to constantly VM the same people chapter after chapter, asking them to read, it's a clear sign that they aren't really into your fic. And in this case, it becomes spamming.
I've been guilty of this too, but I think instead of spending a whole lot of time copying and pasting "Hey, my latest chapter is up, COMMENT!" to everyone's VM board, the author should instead worry more about improving their skills and their particular fics so that such spam tactics are not needed. If you truly create something (take Rival's Story for instance) that a lot of people love to read and actively follow... then the post count/reviews will take care of themselves.
Also guilty of this, but I think there is waaaaay too much emphasis on post count and number of views in our little community at times. It's not about how many people click on your fic's thread to read... it's about the quality of the writing and the improvement of skills so that we can all help each other to get better as writers. The post/view numbers are pretty trivial IMO.
What say you guys? Do you think the "Hey, my new chapter is up. COMMENT!" VMs are warranted or unecessary? Is it helpful to readers or does it come off as desperate? What are your thoughts on asking people to read your fic?