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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 30th day of Hunting, Yr 22
The Neopian Times Week 97 > Articles > The Importance of Our Readers

The Importance of Our Readers

by onda_bianca

DEEP CATACOMBS - The Neopian Times is known for it’s great articles, stories, comics, and series, written by many talented people. Just as important, however, are the readers of the NT. Often, I’ve wondered about the readers of the Times and how much they impact the authors and artists. My pet Ttrrug, who has helped me with my articles, decided that he wanted to write an article of his own about it. Here is what he said:

Wow, I get my very own article! I suppose I should properly introduce myself, my name is Ttrrug and I am a Grundo who likes to write. I have helped my owner write a couple pieces for The Neopian Times. This time, my owner has allowed me to write a full article for the Times concerning you, the reader. One thing I’ve learned since helping my owner write articles is that there is nothing more important than the readers of The Neopian Times. So yes, I am writing an article about you and for you. This article is written to thank you for all you have done. Just by being a reader, you are helping each author of the Neopian Times in a major way. I don’t think you realize how much you mean to me, my owner, and other writers of The Neopian Times.

I would first like to thank you for writing to me and my owner. Your Neomails mean the world to us (and it is a big world out there in Neopia)! I was able to read every Neomail sent to my owner and help respond. I will tell you that we are grateful for every word you send to us. We appreciate the fact that you read our work. We listen to any suggestions you have to give us. I love how you point out the things you enjoyed about a piece we write. This helps us get to know what is good about our writing and it gives us a boost and encourages us to continue. We also love suggestions and constructive criticism.

Constructive criticism is a very hard thing to do well. This is when you offer suggestions and help in a beneficial way. This is when you help us improve our writing, while still encouraging us to keep going and still pointing out positive things about a piece. No piece of writing is ever completely rock solid, there is always room for improvement. It doesn’t make us sad or angry. We don’t always expect glowing reviews. As long as suggestions and constructive comments are done in a kind considerate way, it is very beneficial and very much appreciated. .

We love any sort of support you give. Even if you don’t have anything more to say than, “I like your article”, it means a lot to us. You don’t even have to write to us about our article. I always love a quick hello, or a new Neofriend! I enjoy getting random funny smiley faces. Oo;oO! This makes us happy and helps us get to know our readers. By sending this kind of mail, we are becoming friends and having a fun time with lots of laughs! It can’t get much better than that.

Some might have a problem seeing things this way. Some authors may not seem to appreciate the little things that our wonderful readers give us. I thank you for continuing through any discouragement you encounter.

Perhaps others have told you that you weren’t important and perhaps some of them have poked fun at some of the readers. Maybe other authors have made you feel less important than them. You may have seen articles criticizing those who use chat speak. You may have seen authors mimicking and downing some who write to them. You may even recall articles telling you how to address authors of The Neopian Times. I am writing you to tell you not to listen to people like this.

You should not address a writer any differently than you address someone else. If you wish to use chat speak, you should be able to. After all, we are on the Internet chatting. You are not less of a person for speaking a certain way. We are all different, and authors especially should be able to understand this. Do not feel like you have to change the way you are simply to impress an author who is supposedly some rock hard 3+ times superstar. The truth is, you are a superstar too. You make the author and you make the NT. You are the one who keeps us writers going. We thrive on you, we need you, and you never let us down. Thank you for that and for continuing through any discouragement you encounter. I thank you for not letting one or two authors, who think they are precious Neopian gemstones, stop you from being the warm generous reader that you are

You really do make The Neopian Times what it is. You are the ones who inspire us to write what we do. You are the ones who support us and you are the reason we write. Spending hours typing away on the computer about new worlds, new pets, pet pets, new events, and fun stories is all because of you. You are helping us achieve something great. It is because of you that I have this chance to write my very own piece!

Thank you for the inspiration. Thank you for the support. Thank you for the smiles, the chat, the friendships, the kind words, the help, the suggestions, and for being you. Anything you are kind enough to give me, even five minutes of your attention to read my work, is very special to me. For this, I cannot thank you enough.

Specifically, I want to thank you for reading my article. I wanted to warn you that not all authors feel the same way I do and not all authors are what they seem. Please don’t place them on a pedestal. Just like I am just a neopet, they are all just neopet owners. No one is more special than another, although at times some authors think they are. Please don’t take these people to heart. They are like small pebbles that can be tossed out of sight. There are plenty of others who are not like them, and who know the true value of their readers.

If I could, I would send you all individual thank yous. I would shower you with gifts and protect you from those with hearts of stone. There is no amount of words that can describe my deep gratitude and appreciation to you. From the bottom of my little Grundo heart, I sincerely thank you.


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