Seems a topic of taboo, reviews.
However, I cannot think of a better way to love or hate your author. Normally, I try to encourage readers who have finished reading my works to send out a review whenever possible. Reviews bolster my confidence, erasing my reluctance of continuing on with my writing hobby (notice I said Hobby,) because I get up every morning like the rest of you and head out to the daily grind. I don't mind my day job, in fact, I like the art of bricklaying. It gives me pleasure in a sense of accomplishment for something I can see and admire. Though is appears talking to bricks is what it is, idiotic. No one ever posts a review on my works when it comes to the art of bricklaying. Thankfully I belong to a union, and the paycheck is a great form of feedback for my services.
Now don't get me wrong, I ain't begging no more than I would from a brick. It's just that I can lay a brick and derive a bit of pleasure and satisfaction afterwards. It drives me forward and gets me out of the door each weekday morning.
I think the same applies to me when it comes to reviews/critics, it keeps me going. Something like, "Good job -T, how you coming along on your next one? Can't wait."
So instead of laying myself down on the cool linoleum floor in the kitchen in front of a large box fan and eating spaghetti with my hands after a hard and hot day in the sun, I am back at my kitchen table munching on 'Lucky Charms,' and scribbling down my next story.
I am pretty certain everyone can relate to this; but I figure, unlike the normal way of life, getting a review every now and then would be peachy.
And, by the way, I think everyone plays an important part in life, so keep up the good work ya'll.