In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser-known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom who maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.
(Fair warning: most of these are rated explicit and contain a lot of sex)
Hurt That Doctor by HappyLeech: G, Gen, Silent Hill 1. An incredible little exploration of the character Lisa Garland, from Silent Hill 1. I adore this little fic. It's everything I love about Lisa. I particularly love that she explained why all the other nurses are wearing blue or green, and Lisa is the only one in red. It's beautiful and simple and poignant and powerful and I love it.
Psychosis by MadeOfSquirrels: T, Gen, Silent Hill/TF2. A Silent Hill/Team Fortress 2 crossover. Yeah. If that doesn't make you at least curious, you clearly have never played either game. This is the fic that got me into crossovers and AUs. It's so perfectly Silent Hill, but also makes you actually legitimately care about every TF2 class as people. It's incredible.
Promise Me This Moment by suilven: E, Garrus/FemShep, Mass Effect. My ultimate Mass Effect Garrus/Shepherd rec. This one is so damn sweet, and so good, and I can totally see it happening just like this.
Something Almost Tender by oanja: E, Parise/Koivu, Hockey RPF (omegaverse). I know what you're thinking. That pairing? OMEGAVERSE? But yes. Incredibly well written, super sweet, and come on! It's soulbonding! What's not to love? I adore this fic. I thought I only shipped Zach Parise with Ryan Suter, but this fic really makes this pairing work perfectly, and everyone I know that usually hates omegaverse loved this fic.
[Podfic] Unraveled by sabrina_il, read by were_duck: E, Kaner/Tazer, Hockey RPF (hard kink). My gift from ITPE, and damn is it ever hot. I listen to a lot of podfic, but this is my favorite one for a lot of reasons, and not just because it was recorded especially for me! Awesome hard kink fic, and were_duck's voice gives me the shivers.
Right on the Limits by thehoyden: E, Sid/Geno, Hockey RPF. Someday I'm going to podfic this, which is why I HAVE to rec it, because it's Geno and I have no idea how to do his accent/voice but I'm going to podfic it anyway because I love this story so much that I NEED to read it to people. It's just. So good. Sentinel/Guide is one of my favorite tropes (mutant powers? soulbonding? fascinating relationship complexities? sign me the fuck UP) and it works so incredibly well for this pairing, and the author really pulled in a ton of real-life details that show you WHY it works so well. It's beautiful.
An Exercise in "Worthless" by beastofthesky: M, Dean/Castiel, Supernatural. I almost feel guilty about reccing this, because it's so damn popular already, and I'm sure everyone's read it, but this is the fic that cemented my fledgling love of fanfiction and got me into Supernatural fandom. It is SUCH a good AU, in that it pulls a lot of details directly from the show through the lens of the new universe-- enough that you, like me, don't even need to see the show to understand. Plus, I mean, come on, tattoos. Very yes.
Get Some [Ink] by BewareTheIdes15: E, Jensen/Jared, Supernatural RPF (hard kink). Speaking of tattoos... have some tattoo kink porn! Holy shit I love this fic so much. It is at least close to being the fic I've read the most times. Incredibly hot, and really creative. It's not your standard sex scene, folks.
And no recs list from me is ever, ever complete without this series...
Steve Rogers Never Was a Boy Scout by ifitwasribald: E, Steve/Tony, Avengers (hard kink). This is the series that caused my kink awakening. I am dead serious. I had inklings of my preferences before, but had never really even thought to explore them until I opened this series and went "Holy shit, I AM Tony in this." It gave me the ability to point to something and say to my husband "look, just read this, that's me." so I didn't have to try to explain it all. It actually, genuinely changed my life. Plus it's ridiculously hot and well written and, besides Steve's super serum abilities, pretty realistic, and they go into risk-aware kink practices, which is really important. My husband and I actually use the stoplight safeword system.