On the one hand, this forum is thriving with some really great photonovels, not just from old school stalwarts but from new photonovel artists, all of whom are creating some really wonderful work.
It's a pleasure to visit the forum and see so many diverse and imaginative and well-executed stories. There's wonderful variety and boundless creativity on display.
Let's face it - photonovel forums on some of our other favorite sites are on life support. JD can be relied upon for one cheery comment from Deanna Rash and that's about it. On RS, fan art has almost completely take over the forum and many PNs get literally no replies at all.
But Yakface is different. We have a smaller and more tighter-knit community here and we can and should be a shining light and safe haven for all the amazing photonovels we've been seeing lately.
But, truth is, we can and should be doing better.
As many people here know, making photonovels is probably the most time consuming and creative endeavor one can do in this hobby, combining not only customizing and diorama making, but storytelling, digital effects creation and many other skills.
It's always a shame when so much great work goes underappreciated.
Making even a single chapter of a photonovel can take hours and hours of effort. Posting a comment after a PN has been read can take as little as one minute.
I have a proposal. I think that we, collectively, need to strive to do a little bit better as a community to fully support and appreciate this great work.
Giving comments and feedback isn't only about giving thanks and props to the photonovel maker, but it's a way to actively participate in the process yourself and get something back. I always enjoy commenting and then reading the comments about my comments, so it's very much a two way street.
And I'd be lying if I said that it wasn't at least partially out of selfish motivations - I hope that, when I post my stories (soon, hopefully), that I'll get some thoughtfull feedback, too.
So here's my suggstion - I think we need to set a concrete goal here and, with everyone's help, I know we can achieve it easily.
I think we need to strive to make sure that every photonovel chapter receives at a minimum TEN unique replies/comments each.
And that tally should not include comments back by the photonovelist responding to earlier comments.
I think that's a very attainable goal and I think it'll make the photonovel makers feel that much more appreciated and that much more inspired to keep making the great work that they do.
Even shorter comments are better than nothing. Fortunately, YF forum members are all thoughtful and intelligent folks and aren't prone to the casual "RS" style of posting one word replies.
But this suggestion isn't meant to make anyone feel pressured or to take the fun out of visiting the forum. And certainly it make take days or even weeks for everyone to get a chance to comment.
But as I scroll down the forum itself, I see many different names from people who have posted stories. Granted, some are a few months old, but even if it was just other photonovel creators who made sure to comment on other people's work, we would easily achieve the 10 comment minimum.
We have a really great community here and some fantastic work being done. I hope we can all come together to make this place even better and show those other forums what a truly vibrant and exciting photonovel forum really looks like!