Fiction on blogs

While researching what Google has to say about fiction blogs, I came across an article with this quote that both spiked my interest and bothered me:

“Read non-fiction blogs for ideas as well. For your fictional blog to be successful, it ought to sound and feel like a regular blog. You can use the traditional elements of non-fiction blogs in creative ways to make your fictional work more interesting, but you must respect the medium, or it won’t work!”

The words “it wont work” bothered me. Why? Because if someone likes your writing, it shouldn’t matter if you utilize mediums of blogs or not. I’ve seen short posts, no links, no images, just a paragraph or two on a given subject usually something borderline controversal and this blogger received hundreds of comments both in support and a few against.

But I understand what the quote was initially getting at. Blogs have mediums for a reason, those aspects are there because they work in some way or another. I take a deep breath and consider it. Yes, it makes sense to use those mediums in writing fiction.

Thus far my fiction posts are basically short stories. I haven’t used any mediums/aspects of blogs besides comments generating feedback. I’m not sure what this would even look like in a fiction post for myself. I know some fiction bloggers will have their characters using separate blogs so they can comment on posts adding another layer of fiction such as iJames has on his blog here. A commenter becomes part of the story.

Another aspect of non-fiction blogs that I haven’t used in my fiction posts are links. I’m not quite sure how to use links at this point to keep in tact with the storyline. Ok maybe I have an idea. Perhaps this week’s narrator will be a character who is more tech-savy, someone who can steal another’s thoughts and place them online…My character, Ryker, will be perfect for this. (Either way it’s worth a try whether it works or not…next week I switch up characters up anyways.)

Linking to your blog from other social mediums seems to be a norm too (maybe I’m wrong?) I might start doing that with my twitter account it’s worth a try to generate a readership centered towards people who want to read in those areas I hashtag.

Lots of new things to consider this week. I wonder how others have tackled this?

-Sarah D. 😉


No comments + Few Likes

In my class at Bemidji State University’s online magazine Cre8here we came across a problem we were running into that led to a discussion. Why aren’t people commenting?

Our Facebook page gathers follows and likes but not many comments. Even when we gave commentors a chance to win a prize not many people would leave comments. Instead several will like a status update and the occasional rare comment usually from someone in the class or from the author of a certain published piece.

On Cre8here’s webpage administrators can see how many hits the website gathers a day and although it is a rather high number with viewers from all over the world, with such a vast community surrounding this solid foundation of creativity it’s surprising that it’s such a rarity to come across a comment.

It’s also frustrating because what do likes really mean? Do people really like a piece, or are the just liking posts in hopes for a follow back? When I first came across that idea, I tried it out and liked a bunch of different posts but then I didn’t have any more hits on my blog then usual so maybe I did it wrong but that technique didn’t quite work out for me. Same thing with comments, I went around commenting others hoping for a comment back, but that didn’t quite work they just replied to my comment. So those theories don’t quite always work, also I tried linking to a two different bloggers and they never linked back. I think every situation is different some advice works some quick tips are just spitting in the wind.

Either way, alas, no comments. But why?

Cre8here is fairly new, and I’m even newer to the world of blogging and online literary magazines. Our class came up with several ideas and then moved on to more work. Here’s a glimpse into what we discussed as well as my own perspectives of possibilities on why we weren’t receiving comments…(Depending on a blogs content I see how these could vastly differ so I suppose I’m mostly thinking about fiction blogs or creative writing here.)

  1. Reader wants to remain anonymous online for various reasons.
  2. Reader doesn’t want their comment to be taken the wrong way.
  3. Reader isn’t sure how they felt after reading a piece.
  4. Reader is afraid they might interpret a piece differently than the authors intentions.
  5. Reader doesn’t have an emotional response to the piece thus not worthy of time to react past a simple ‘like’.
  6. Reader sees so many other comments maybe the feel they are just repeating what someone else already has mentioned.
  7. Reader doesn’t want to be the first comment to break the ice.
  8. Reader doesn’t want to take the time.
  9. Reader doesn’t know enough to defend their point of view in a specific genre.
  10. “…………..”

What other options are there? What could another reason be?

-Sarah D. 🙂

Getting Started

befunkyme.jpgIf new check out the “About” page to get an idea of what this weblog is all about. Reference the character profiles if you get lost on the different characters otherwise the unique collage style format allows for each post to be read on its own. Feedback and suggestions are welcome. If you’d like me to go in a certain direction let me know and we’ll see where it takes us.

First section of stories will be posted next.

–Sarah D.