Saturday, June 27, 2015

Note from Moderator

I want to remind all the active writers that it is a rule that you cannot post on the same day as another writer.

For those of you who are curious and/or upset by this, it is a requirement for etiquette reasons. Imagine that you worked hard on a story and were excited about posting it. And then five minutes after you posted the story, somebody else posted, knocking your story off the top of the list. And then later that day, two more people post their story, knocking it down even further.  And then there are so many stories posted on the same day that at least one or two don't get read or commented on.

I respect the people who write for this blog and for that reason, I think they all deserve to have their story at the top of the page for one day.  There are periods when this seems to be an issue when there are a lot of people posting stories at once, but there have been months at a time where only one person has been posting a story.  (Actually, that's closer to the norm.)

I ask that all the writers check the list of posts before they make their own post to make sure one is not already scheduled for the same day. You are welcome to schedule a post for the next day or two and then it will be reserved for you.  The day is only reserved if the post is actually scheduled, not if it is a draft.
 
Thank you.

21 comments:

  1. Hi everyone.
    I just wanted to apologize if I stepped on any toes.
    When I posted my update on Friday, there were no other postings scheduled. But, a reader was kind enough to inform me that another author typically posts every Friday. I had zero clue of this. Had I known, I promise I would have waited another day.
    Moving forwards, I’ll avoid Wednesdays and Fridays :-)
    Sorry again!!

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    1. It's always a good idea (and this goes for all authors posting a new story) to check the last few weeks and see if there's any stories posting on a regular day. Some people post infrequently, but others, like Dani, tend to post on Wednesdays each week. I know I normally would post on Tuesday, but had to post on Thursday since someone else posted (you I think?). It's not a huge deal for me personally but it is an etiquette thing and it also helps your readers if they know you are a regular poster which day they should expect your post. :) This week was abnormally busy, but like Lee says, in the past it hasn't been as much of an issue, because normally there's only one or two people posting on a weekly basis. If all else fails, you can also always contact the author(s) to ask. That's what I did with Dani, for example, though I ended up waiting anyway since my internet was out, lol!

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    2. Nobody did anything wrong, but I saw a discussion in the comments of a post, so I thought it was useful for me to write this.

      I recognize that certain people like to post on certain days, but I don't know if it's entirely fair for people to "reserve" certain days. When new writers come on, they don't necessarily know who has what days, and it also puts pressure on the writers to deliver on that day.

      I think a better idea is that if somebody like Dani wants to make a post on Wednesday, she should schedule an update post for Wednesday on, say, Tuesday or Monday.  That way nobody will make the mistake of posting that day. But it's not like a TV show that people will miss if it's posted on the wrong day... If Dani makes her update on Thursday rather than Wednesday, people will still read it.

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    3. I think that's a good idea in theory, but I don't schedule posts because I have no way to schedule the actual story itself since I have to backdate it so far, so unless I'm going to be around to manually post the story to add the link (or I post the story in advance) that doesn't really work for me.

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    4. I understand what you're saying. You will have to manually change the post before it goes live. But it's still the best way to reserve a day.

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  2. Monday was my first post ever. And then friday :-)

    I would love to post every week if possible. Is anyone opposed if I do Saturdays?

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    1. Or actually Mondays?
      I've been an insomniac and will have the next chapter written by then LOL

      And thanks for clearing that up, Chie :-)

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    2. Do Mondays!!

      1. I can't wait for the next installment...
      2. It'll space things out nicely. Then we'll have a story almost every other day!!

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    3. Assuming that there are no other objections...
      Your wish is my command :-)

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    4. Definitely post as soon as you can, can't wait to read more!

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    5. I know that there's someone who regularly posts on Wednesdays, another on Fridays, and another on Sundays. I'd like to post on Tuesdays, so that leaves Mondays and Thursdays, I think? Though of course people can try to "reserve" their days as Lee suggests, too.

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    6. Sorry to butt in as I'm not a writer. But it seems unfair for people to have a supposedly regular post. Especially since there are times when no one is posting. If you want to post at a specific day reserve that day by scheduling a post in advance.
      So if you know you have the chapter ready for a specific day why cant you schedule it before hand? or am I missing something crucial here?
      Again I'm sorry if I'm rude to any one here.
      I appreciate and love all your stories.

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    7. As far as I am concerned, there are no reserved days of the week, and it is first come, first served.  If it is Wednesday, and a different writer makes a post, then afterwards, Dani makes her regularly weekly post, Dani would be in the wrong and her post would be removed. (Sorry to single you out, Dani, it's just that I know you have a regular day you usually post.)  

      If you guys want to work it out amongst yourselves, that's fine. But you can't hold all writers accountable to that.

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    8. Anon, I was talking about the writers who do post weekly on a regular basis. To pick on Dani again, lets say she normally posts faithfully on Wednesdays but then stops for several months. I wouldn't see anything wrong with someone starting to post that day either. But I personally think it's considerate if you see someone is posting regularly on a particular day to either talk to that person (as I did) or wait and post on another day. Honestly, this isn't normally much of a problem as there usually is only one or two people posting faithfully on a weekly basis. But the board has been busier as of late which is great for the readers, just makes the etiquette of posting more complicated.

      As for the schedule, you can schedule your announcement post but unless you're a new story you can't schedule your actual story post because we have to change the dates to the past to keep them chronological in the menu on the side. I have mine backdated to 2000 since that's when the story originally started to take place, so it would mean I'd have to pre-post the story before the announcement thread if I wanted to try to schedule it. For me, personally, that doesn't work, but if other authors want to do it that way, that's of course fine with me, lol.

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  3. I love all of the stories, I can't wait for future updates to them all!!

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  4. Seems like a case of devos being divas. As a reader, if I got an update from three stories on the same day itd be like Christmas! If we are the keep the "rule", it should definitely be first come first serve. Reserve your slot a day in advance and don't worry about toes.

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    1. Yes, it's a very merry day with multiple posts!

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    2. Everyone is welcome to just look at the site once a week and then it will appear that there are multiple new posts at once :)

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  5. I guess I should comment since my name was mentioned quite a bit up there :-). Basically I am usually editing and proofreading my chapters on my computer beforehand and never usually have a "draft" in the Blogger. I also back date like Chie so I am not really sure how to schedule a "backdated" chapter. I have to check into that some more then. The drafts in the Blogger can be a bit confusing because it has happened that a draft appears by an author and I am worried to post because of the other author but then the other author just leaves their draft in the Blogger for days. Other than that, I totally understand as it gets busy with new stories and new authors it can happen that the days get a bit mixed up. I guess it should be a first come, first serve basis but with lots of traffic right now it will be hard to post on a day that is not taken yet. Which would then mean that I just won't post if someone else comes in before me. I have posted on Wednesdays for over a year now but I don't want to claim it as only my day, it just happened that way. To me I guess it doesn't really matter which day I post, but it also keeps me on my toes to keep working on my story and having a chapter ready on Wednesdays for my readers, which are hopefully waiting for it by then.

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    1. I guess I could just not use the back date yet for a new chapter if I want to schedule for Wednesday and then backdate on the day of posting. I will figure it out if I have to. My chapters are not edited so I work on them every week, they are all written but not edited. I am doing that on a weekly basis, sometimes reading over a chapter like 15 times or so before I let it out on here...:-) Sometimes I still edit on Wednesday and then post later that day...

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