With a few new people, and the blog lacking new material (oops), allow me to provide some base advice to those new here and some reminders to those lurking on the sidelines thinking they should wait for old friends to return before becoming active. If we all wait, nothing happens!
How to Get Involved:
The first thing you should do is comment on a story. Go comment on several and make some friends.
- Return Comment
If someone comments on your story, return the favor. Offer up words of support, constructive criticism, advice, or awe.
Click on an author you think is da bomb and follow them.
If you are followed by someone who thinks you are awesome, it is good manners to follow them back. You can click on the blue numbers above your followers to see a list of all of them if the number exceeds the viewable icon limits. This allows you to see all of their activity on your homepage
Nothing is more flattering than inspiring others to sequel or prequel your work. If you have a great idea to continue the story, then write it! Stories can have multiple prequels or sequels so if the author wants to continue, they still can. Multiple threads are fun!
Use notes to your advantage. Say hi to someone, tell them you admire their latest work, offer up your ideas, and ask questions. You might end up inviting them to chat and end up with a lasting friendship.
Use them to your advantage! Make some, enter some, comment on all the entries, comment on the challenges. They are a great place, don’t be afraid.
Get on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, and link, share, and promo this site. Shout to your friends, pin your works, tweet your pride. Tell your Real Life Friends, too.
There is a much neglected forum for blog ideas and writing craft advice floating out there. 12 users have logged on, and it could use some more. I need people to inspire me, too! I need writers for blog posts!
http://ficly.com/blog/help-wanted <— past blog post about it
http://ficly.freeforums.org <— website, [your log in must be approved by ElshaHawk (no trolls)]
I know everyone is back in school, and I have a new job as well, but with a little effort, we can breathe some vibrant life into this place.