Has this happened to you?
You’ve just finished the best piece you’d written, thus far, and you push the “Publish” button. “Hurray”, the screen says back and you know, you just know, your fellow Ficleteers will be commenting on the newly released masterpiece real soon! So you wait. You push the “Home” icon to refresh the screen – nothing. You wait some more. Refresh – nothing. Is something wrong with the website, you wonder, Didn’t I push “publish”? Is it still in my drafts? With anxious insatiability you wait some more.
A screen refresh a few minutes later reveals someone else has posted a story and your masterpiece is slowly traveling down the “Recent” column and into oblivion. “Oh, I hope nobody else posts a story!” you blurt. Trembling, you refresh the screen more frequently; another story appears, then another and another! You’re shaking so profusely now that it takes nearly everything you have to keep your mouse hovering over the “Home” icon, barely mustering the strength to continue to left-click.Then it happens: the horror of all Ficly horrors. Your masterpiece is gone; removed from the home page, dropping into the abyss of “Recent” stories without a single comment to show for it. You try to comfort yourself saying, “It’ll be on the “Archived” list soon,” but you aren’t sure you can wait that long. The pain of going unnoticed is stronger than the hope of next month’s reprieve. For a second, you even consider Ficlicide; deleting your account and wishing to not see the encircled red “F” ever again!
BUT WAIT – DON’T DO IT!
We know how you feel; we’ve been through it ourselves.
We can help you get noticed!
- Comment and rate other people’s stories
- Join challenges
- Sequel or prequel someone (At least one other person will read it!)
- Sequel or prequel the “Featured Story”
- Publish when others aren’t publishing (difficult to figure out, you have to refresh and watch the recent stories column)
- Spread out the publishing of your stories (when your story is not on the home page, publish the sequel)
- Use a catchy title!
- Comment or note back to those that leave a comment on your story. (‘Thank you’ goes a long way to getting friends)
-Friend others! When they see your devotion, they may friend back. When you are on someone’s friend list, your stories are listed in their "Friend’s Recent Activity’ column and visible longer.
And two techie ways for you to try:
- Tweet it (use hashtag #ficly)
- Follow the Facebook page (Though this does not link back nicely to the ficly website, comments there on your work might bring traffic to it. It’s a stab in the dark, but the more facebook friends the merrier!)