Chris, my brother, who's technophobic, wrote his first book longhand, writing three full copies of each chapter before giving them to his ever-patient wife, who painstakingly copies them into the computer for him.
He HATED using dictation and swore he'd never try again (this was only last year). So I can appreciate what you had to go thru.
No readers have no clue what goes into a story, nor why we make the choices we do. Things like pacing, foreshadowing, simplicity, focus and themes have no meaning to most readers. Still, you've got to love them for their enthusiasm!