I love skimming back through fanfiction archives like FFN and communities on LiveJournal that were once super active because it makes me really nostalgic for another reason. Unfortunately, AO3 doesn’t quite have that appeal yet. Even really old 90’s style sites that have thankfully managed to stand the test of time and haven’t been purged are gorgeous and a blast from the past.

I think to myself when I come across those stories, “Hey, some great fan I’ll probably never meet sat in front of their computer and posted this story over ten years ago when this fandom was in its heyday and I missed it. And even if I leave a gushing comment today, they’ve disappeared off the face of the map and will never read it. What are they doing nowadays? How old are they?”

It’s sad how time begins to turn and newer fandoms kick the older ones out. But it’s a treasure to go back through those amazing fics once they’ve aged.

Let this be a lesson: Sometimes people may not read your story. But someday, somewhere, somebody will find the link to it and will wish they could talk to you.

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