I’m slowly starting to compile notes and summarising thoughts that were a result of our brainstorming on blogging/reading/commenting.
I’m so happy we had a chance to exchange ideas and opinions, so thank you for engaging in the discussion and I hope we can all learn from it.
In future it’s BYOB (bring your own booze) and a pot luck.
Or we should organize it as a huge online sleepover, again, it’s BYOS (bring your own sleeping bag).
I’ll be posting on issues from the comments in the next few weeks, but if there’s anything else you think would be worthwhile mentioning, please let me know!
One of the notions that came up was that fanfiction writers often don’t get feedback on their work.
There are many reasons for this, often it’s just a case of traffic: if no one knows it’s there, they aren’t going to read it.
Understandably, fanfiction writers are adamant about “putting themselves out there” and promoting their stuff, so apart from word of mouth and recs, the fanfic ends up gathering dust.
Often times readers aren’t or don’t want to log in to leave comments (Guilty!), so although they enjoy the work, there’s no tangible proof of that.
Maybe you’re just like me and you do a quick “grab and read” without acknowledging the writers at all.
To help solve some of these issues, The Arkenstone has created My Story Blog, a place where fanfiction writers can post links to their work, but also where readers can recommend their favourite stuff.
It’s so easy: all you have to do is leave a link to the fanfic, with a short description and a link to an image that suits, if you like.
The comment will go into moderation to be picked up by TheArkenstone and featured in a post.
How snazzy is that?!?
Please remember that YOU (yes, you!) provide the content!
Add it to your daily blogroll and make sure you check in regularly as there’ll be some delicious fanfic goodies waiting for you.
Remember that you can either press the “follow” button or follow the blog via email so you get updates regarding new content.
The success of this enterprise depends on us, so in the words of the wonderful Tim Gunn: “Make it work!” 🙂