I'm sure most of you have heard of FanFiction.net - at least, that's one of the first sites I started writing on. Hell, I still do it to this day. I remember I asked myself, "what if there were a site identical to FF.Net, but for original fiction?". Not much longer, I got my answer. There it was, in it's red/white themed glory.
I wondered what the community was like, initially. One thing you can expect on a website like FP is that it's much more critical. It's also a lot more constructive. Unlike FanFiction.net, the odds are greater a shitacular story will go unnoticed on FictionPress. That alone makes it significantly harder to garner reviews or continuing hits for your chapters. Some of the reason, beyond the more critical community, is that not many people write original fiction and then post it on the web. This is to say there are far more fan fictions available for reading online, versus the original fiction.
Similar to most websites that host fiction and poetry. Notice the favorites, reviews and follows.
There are a couple great sites out there for a similar purpose, though somewhat multifaceted. Wattpad is an excellent site, though lacks some of the features of FictionPress. On Wattpad, it's easier to explore the social aspect of things, though. I'd say this is somewhere harder on FictionPress, but it's there in the form of communities and forums. Both sites allow you to follow an author or story, or like a story or author or a combination of the two. I still prefer FictionPress. The profile feature is also killer and allows for some more integration, though I think the layout could be tampered with a bit to sport something a little more elegant.
Profile of an author.
I brought this up because from now on, I will be posting my rough drafts to the site for everyone to read. When the novel actually goes live on Kindle, I will unfortunately have to take them down (depending on the promotion I decide to treat it with).
I actually encourage people to both read and write original fiction along with fan fiction. I think it's something that will help you mold and sculpt your eventual literary piece. There's no shame in fan fiction, unless you suck at it, then proudly own your shame.