Ok everyone, let's get along!
I agree that a lot of the people out there don't seem to give much feedback on photonovels these days. Back in 2005, photonovels were very popular, people seemed to really be into them. For certain reasons support seemed to dwindle down for them about a year ago. I am not certain what all the reasons were, but I have heard rumblings that a segment of the forums found them annoying and thought we were attention cravers, and because of that, the promotions for them came to a halt. In part that was why I had an absence from here, but I was also busy with a position at another site that I was offered.
The good thing is there is still a photonovel section here. People still read them apparently, but feedback is rarely given. I will admit, it's very discouraging to not get feedback when you truly work on something and put your heart into it. But that's just the way it is - most people don't feel like replying back with a full commentary on what was made. But the level of work that goes into them is a factor as well. If you truly try and make something creative and create a fun storyline that peaks people's interest, you're probably going to get more responses/feedback than if you just take pictures of figures in a back yard.
I don't get all that much feedback anymore, but I know people are still reading them by the views, as well as I do get PM's and emails about them too. But I know that each one I make needs to have more work put into it than the last one. I constantly try to set the bar higher for myself because I know that what I make isn't nearly as good as I want it to be. That is why I've redone the series that I work on - to improve my stories. I've probably lost some readers by telling the same story again, but I have also gotten new ones too. Plus there will be NEW ones made eventually, just not for a while.
The strangest thing though is when someone makes a photonovel and complains that they haven't gotten feedback, even though that person doesn't leave OTHER photonovel makers feedback. That's just odd. So I guess what comes around goes around. Remember if you want people to participate in what you are doing, it's a good idea to take an interest in what they're doing too. If there are customizers on a board (who are potentially your biggest audience) - start leaving them feedback on what THEY do, and they are more likely to take notice of your work and return the favor. It's all about a community, which is something I've been pushing for years.