Linde is an amazing writer.
Commenting, messaging, etc. If you write exceptional stories and send invites, but never comment on others' stories or message people or update your profile, nobody will get to know you. Nobody will notice you. Your story will be just another invite in their inbox from an unknown friend.
If you write long comments on a lot of people's stories, they'll get interested in you. They'll click on your invites. My reads/comments increased a ton when I started doing this. :)
And I also notice some users helping an author promoting their work. Like they would make a review story where they talk about the story written by the author and would request other users to read it as well. Some also go to notes and give a link asking others to read. I guess it helps them.
So they don't get many people to read their stories and hence they are not known.
Also some users can send invitations to non-Quibblo users like people on FB, Twitter and all.
I actually, send invites on FB and I know one of my friend on FB reads my stories. I don't know if her read is counted or not though.
But if it does get counted, maybe that helps them get many views.
Well, AnneChocolate gave some good reasons and I agree with her.
Anyway, I also think that some users are either too lazy or too busy to read their stories. So they don't read it. Some users here don't take invites either.
Like the invites are too many and they don't have time to take all of them. Or maybe they are not interested.
Then some users here don't like reading stories at all. (At least, on some About me I read they said they don't take invitations on stories).
In the long ago days of Quibblo, people cared much more about writing and reading other people's writing. This was when people such as Linde and others began posting their work for people to read.
After the members started to use it more as a social network, like facebook, to post things about their lives, it became harder to find good stories. This is why people continued to read things by people like Linde.
And when people write stories now, they're caught up in the endless wave of crap.
Get the attention they deserve.
Not to sound mean or snobbish toward anyone, but if you're not a good writer, I probably won't read your work. But if you're a good writer, than I'll probably do my best to start following your work. (Even though I don't read half the stories I would like to.)
I also think that popularity has a lot to do with it. If you have a lot of friends or are popular on Quibblo, people will probably read most of your work.
But I really think the contests have helped a lot of great writers
That's a really good question... I agree with a lot of the other comments.
But if I had to sum up my opinion, I'd say it's mainly your work quality. I don't keep up with a lot of stories on Quibblo, but when I do want to read something I normally go through my inbox, and look for something that sounds interesting. At that point, I read the intro and part of the first chapter. If they seem to have good quality in their writing, then I'll normally finish it.
Oh shush Lark. Nobody would even look twice at me if I didn't have spell check. Seriously, my spelling ability is that of a fifth grader.