|Hi, Greasy Word Mechanic Brian KC
I saw your piece and wanted to share my thoughts.
I usually responded to reviews by thanking the reviewer for taking the time to read my work, regardless of whether they liked it or not. Most reviews here are fluff, and I learned a long time ago, to not let them go to my head. There are a few people who claim 'honest' reviews as a cover for being rude and downright cruel. One person told me once that they couldn't believe I had the audacity or the stupidity to enter the piece into a contest. I responded by thanking them for their honest opinion. I then deleted it from WDC feeling completely humiliated. Funny though, that same poem was published in a literary journal a few years later, unedited just like it appeared here originally.
I confess I don't do a lot of reviews, especially of fiction. I don't write much fiction, so I don't feel I can give a helpful critique. If I read something that really blows me away, I will send a review, which might be considered fluff by some people, but I don't write reviews to get gift points, or reviewing badges or any of that. If I read a poem that I think was fantastic, I'll send the person a review to tell them I think it was awesome, if I read something that has great bones and potential, I will offer some advice. If I read something that is just bad or so full of mistakes you can hardly read it, I don't review it. Most of the time peoples response to my reviews is merely a thank you.