I've been questioning the practicality of writing forums, not just this one particularly, but in general. This nagging thought stems from the fact that posting one's work on the internet diminishes the chances of publication by a considerable amount. I make this thread because I would like to continue posting, but fear it would affect me should I ever have the opportunity to publish my ideas in the far future. While I do not regret the fantastic critques I've recieved from the community here, and have thoroughly enjoyed writing critiques myself and participating with the site, I find myself wondering why I ever came here in the first place. I'm hoping there's something I've overlooked, or that someone can easily relieve these troubling thoughts in a way I hadn't tried, because I do enjoy this forum. So really, I'm hoping someone can easily answer this question (though it's probably been asked before) that's quite frankly, in accordance with my selfish desire to keep posting my work, however unlikely it may seem: Why post your writing here when it could very possibly ruin chances of publication?