OK, so I finally did it. I have been threatening to post my own stories for years now and I always chickened out right before sending but yesterday I went ahead and posted.
Now all day I've been nervously checking the stats and I am truly amazed and humbled at the response.
I already got the dreaded "1" vote from someone but luckily a vast majority are giving me 8's, 9's and a few 10's. But when I got a "keep up the good work" from RoustWriter, that was a great surprise and a lot of the nerves are now gone. I find myself working a little harder to try and get the next chapter ready and I expect to post later in the week.