Absolutely critical, yes. It alerts me to what they want or deem important and readable.
I don't get too much of that, so when I do, it is very encouraging. Yes. Helps me feel that my work really does matter.
Yes. Its an encouragement to me and helps me find my loop holes
Yes, my reader feed-back is one of the most important parts of my creative process, very rarely does it involve me changing my work though because most of it is so possitive.
Absolutely! It is the best way to know if your information is being utilized or helping others. Hints and criticism from people who give me feedback is also a great way to improve my skills and help me to be a better communicator.
Yes, I like to be challenged.
Always. I know what I should keep and what I should erase.
Feed-back from viewer sand readers is invaluable. There is nothing like a loyal reader giving me suggestions for an article...it means that they are listening and looking forward to what I am writing.
yes, but I can write without
Reader feedback is incredibly important for me. Good and bad. Valid opinions really do matter.
Most definitely. It is my opinion, though, that reader interaction has been both a boom and a bust. Too many have a consumer-based approach, riding the waves of trends and the whims of public taste. Still, within the myriad of arm-chair theologians and political wonks desperate to see their opinion on the comment section may be found jewels of insight that often change your life and thought as much as your style.
I've been much too timid to get any!
No. I always listen to my readers, and take suggestions, but I've never done things other than the way I like.