This week I started our 5-week class project with fiction blogging.
First I set up a new blog, named it after the title of the fantasy fiction novel I hope to write in full after this project, Hardened Heart. I added an “About” page and a “Character Profile” page as well to help readers understand what the blog is about and then to keep track of characters as I use them throughout the stories.
First Post: Getting Started
Word count: 79
I added a short getting started post and was thrilled a few days later when someone commented on it and complimented me on the idea of having a beginning post for new readers to get aquainted with. I started on this post a few days before the starting date of the project, so I got my first comment a day before the project started and that was some nice encouragement.
Second Post: Laura’s Return 1.1
Word count: 3509
Oops. This post got really long! But I enjoyed writing it and thought it was a good beginning piece that set up the family background and her internal conflicts over the piece. I didn’t know what I wanted to write about originally but once I had a wolf howling in the piece I decided to go towards the werewolf fantasy fiction idea. This post I got an intial comment from a co-worker who loves to read and then from someone whose blog I had commented on, that person came back to my blog and commented on it. I liked that throughout the week this post continued to get traffic and as of right now 7 bloggers like it.
Third Post: At Night 1.2
Word count: 1261
I tried with this post to not jump in time too much but to keep it the night/early morning, after the first post. I also tried to cut the length down although I wanted to make it longer I realize that when I was looking through fiction blogs I skimmed or skipped the lengthy posts and was more pulled into the short or poetic peices. I also had seven likes for this piece but took some time to get there where as the first fiction post seemed to be more easily attracted to.
Word count: 580
In this blog I linked to a few others and over all talked about the elements of blogs in correlation to fiction blogging and how to use them to gather an inerest in hopes of keeping an audiance following along with you. I was suprised when bloggers liked this post right away and two tweeted about it. I thought it was a rather boring post since I find more excitement in writing the fiction posts however if bloggers like the thoughtful process of research then perhaps they have more value than I gave them credit for.
Fifth Post: Family Business 1.3
Word count: 2332
I loved the image in this post so much I made it the banner of my blog…for the time being. I got six likes for this post, it was rather lengthy, but I thought that the interesting images would pull readers in. The time frame from the last fiction post jumps forward a few weeks.
Sixth Post: Nearby Enemies 1.4
Word count: 1329
This post only gathered 3 likes so far but as I am beginning to notice most people come to the blog, go back to the first post, like it, like the rest of the posts, or only like the post that they come to. I follow the likes on the page to see who the readers are. This post is shorter than the last hoping that by playing with the length would be evidence of whether longer or shorter posts make the difference.
Seventh Post: Kidnapped 1.5
Word count: 1648
As I was touring other fiction blogs a general theme I found was disturbing and bloody content, so I tried writing one with more of that in those areas. I got 6 likes on it right away since it’s only been out for a full day as of now.
I’ve been bolding random sentences throughout the posts to help readers skim through if they dont want to read all the junk, I dont know if its working or not, but I figured it was worth a try. I haven’t seen other blogs like this yet so I haven’t been able to read through anothers posts to determine if the bolding is benefitial or harmful for readers.
I only did one research post. Mostly this is because I wasn’t sure in what direction to go with the posts yet I wanted to spend more time looking around and aggregating material/ideas but I jumped into a topic prematurely but I do have some questions that I want answered so I see more research posts coming in the future. Especially digging deeper into what the Uses of Blogs has to say about fiction blogs, I’m very interested in finding those blogs the author mentions.
I currently have 14 followers, all people I’ve never met before or heard of. It’s been the first week so I’m averaging 2 people everytime I post something. I hope this continues. I feel that success of a blog is partially based on other people liking and following yours, but mostly its for the writer/author to learn and grow from it which I think I’m doing alot of learning with this. It’s intimidating to put material out there in fears of rejection but as long as one person likes what I’m doing then I think its going in the right direction.
I wonder if my lengths are too much. Originally I planned on 1000 words being the most and so far my fiction posts are well over 1000, the first being over three times that limit. I will try to keep in mind the length of the posts and see if that generates any more readers.
After viewing Eric C.’s project proposal I really liked how he set up themes for the weeks as things to post about on his blog. It made me think that I should do something similiar, I decided it might be fun to start each week writing by the perspective of a different character and dedicating that week to their stories. Sounds like fun.