These past few weeks I’ve had the privilege to start and moderate a subforum on XNXX.com, ‘The XNXX Author’s Lounge.’ The goal of the place was to be an open forum for people to come to when they wanted to talk with other writers, to ask for advice, to offer advice, and even to do smaller-scale things like casually self-promote. All in all, it’s been a great experience to see the subforum grow, even though it’s still at its infancy stage.
It’s no secret that many writers, including myself, find sexstories.com to be a little cutthroat. While I have no doubt that a lot of the community are exemplary people, no matter what the community, bad apples are going to pop up sooner or later. It’s an inevitability. The subforum was an idea I had come up with while writing my last essay when I asked myself, “I’m telling others to be involved in the community a lot, is there anything I can do to get further involved in the community?”
One quick email to XNXX support later, I had made the forum and it was pinned, and already, eager authors are becoming regulars on the subforum. IT’s honestly such a great thing to see. It’s also great from a personal standpoint – all of the members on the forum that are constantly engaging with one another are people I never got the privilege to talk to before the subforum’s creation, and I’m definitely not an outlier in this way.
I’m hoping that the forum will continue to live out that purpose, and maybe, just maybe, it will make a noticeable difference in improving the community rhetoric of the site. I’m entirely of the belief that it’s easier to be mean to a stranger online than to someone you know well, so I’m hoping the subforum will at least do a small part in throwing down the walls the internet puts up between us when we post erotica, and thus make the overall tone of the site happier.
This is not to say the problem will go away. I think we’re through the looking glass now, and no matter what, there will be one or two self-serving rogue writers that try to bury other writers or stir up controversies wherever they go, but enh, c’est la vie. I’m just happy that the subforum went somewhere and looks like it will be doing its part to combat, instead of egg on, this problem. Community is important to me, and just as all of your emails are treasured and appreciated, so too are the posts people make on this forum. In case you’re interested in seeing/participating in this subforum, here’s a link:
Feel free to check it out if you’re into writing as much as you are reading. In the meantime, I have my own writing to do. I’ll talk to you all next week.