Ann Wright
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Ann Wright

Hi Dmitry, I'm new to the site, but so far it isn't living up to it's purpose. I am reading a very good book called "American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers". As you might surmise, I have a teenager and that's why I'm reading it, but many of the issues the book brings up about social media are relevant for all of us. 

For instance, as a writer, I'm not looking to just post a story or opinion piece and not get any feedback or comments. Sending something I worked hard on into the abyss of the Internet is disconcerting, but I thought I would give it a try. I read several other pieces: poetry, opinion, stories. I commented on some, liked others, and some (to be honest) I couldn't even finish. I look around at many of the submissions and see that quite a few have been "looked at" many times, but no one commented or "liked" them. As a writer, I know this feels a bit disconcerting. Did people like my work? They read it, but did they like it? They didn't click the heart icon! (Insecurity ensues)

Is the point of Scriggler just to post material or is it to genuinely interact and get feedback? I'm unsure of this now. I initially thought the latter, but it seems it's the former? Or maybe it's a tiered thing. Getting back to the book by Sales, most teenage girls who grow up today surrounded by social media platforms live by the "like" button. "Likes" mean they are desired and....liked. When no one "likes" the selfie they posted on Instagram, they feel hugely dispirited. How should a writer feel who works on a piece and no one comments on it or presses the "heart" icon"? These are my concerns as a writer.

I like the idea of Scragglier, but I just wish it were more interactive and less like social media (shallow).  Hopefully I'm making myself clear. I don't mean to criticize the site, because I do like it, and have found many fantastic reads on it!

Thanks!

Ann