It makes me nervous that fanfic is so in the news and there are articles like this, which don't help people's preconceptions about what it is we write. It's sad that I feel a little embarrassed telling people - so I generally don't! 50 Shades hasn't helped too much ether as now it's thought that fanfic is just smutty writing.
I too enjoyed the comments - although the link to the 'worst fanfic ever' was a little upsetting!
'If I hadn't seen such riches I could live with being poor.'