Review Request (Site review)

3 years ago | ChrysKelly (Member)

I've put my site up on Wordpress.com for now. I'm probably going to keep it there, because coding a whole website when I'm fairly happy with what I have seems like an incredible level of work. Also, my coding level isn't sufficient to code blogs, and I downloaded Wordpress and found it to have a steep learning curve which I'm too busy to experiment with right now.

I am planning to get a domain name before it goes live.

Anyway, here is my site. Please tell me what is wrong with it.

https://sanctionedanoriginalwebserial.wordpress.com/

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  1. Walter (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Looks good to me. You've got the title up top, words in the middle, extra stuff on the right. That's how we do, yeah?

    I know some fancier stories give you a dropdown or whatever on the right to let you jump to any chapter without having to click on a chapter page, but I'm not sure that's necessary, particularly when your story isn't officially started yet.

  2. Scott Scherr (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I think it looks good, Chrys. The side bar format is something I do as well. You have an easy way for readers to locate chapters with the top bar index, you've included some info and a synopsis. Social media links in the side bar. Are you planning on using pictures to go with your episodes? If so, https://pixabay.com/ is a good site for free public domain images. I've found a lot of great ones there.

    I did the same thing you did when I started my serial. I put the blog up a few months early, got all my social media sites ready, and then just did teasers all the way until the start.

    Some ideas:

    I took small snippet sentences out of various narratives and posted them on facebook and twitter like cool quotes to tease the readers. I got a little response and some early interest that way.

    You could also entertain the idea of posting a five-episode 'event' week for the premiere and maybe even offer a giveaway. That worked really well for me at the beginning. You could use a rafflecopter: https://www.rafflecopter.com/

    Also, you may want to consider a thunderclap campaign for the premiere date since you have the time to build one up. It's basically a one shot blast of a facebook or twitter post that goes out on all social media pages at the same time for whoever signs up to participate. I wasn't aware of this when I started my serial or I would've jumped all over it. Here's the link: https://www.thunderclap.it/

    Good luck :)

    Author of the apocalyptic series, Don't Feed The Dark. http://freezombienovel.wordpress.com
  3. ChrysKelly (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Thanks, Walter. I was thinking of rocking the boat a bit, extra stuff on the left, but that just looked messy.

    Thanks Scott. I'm not sure about pictures yet, but I'll have a wander around pixabay. Either that or I'll get my camera out - finally, an excuse, Muahahaha!

    How did that work out for you? I think it's better than just hitting blind.

    I'm currently repurposing my Twitter, it was previously only used for hashtag games, so I'm building a more writer/reader crowd over there.

    Oh, that episode week is a good idea. I was going to put my three post prologue up on Monday, then chapter 1 on Tuesday and 3 on Friday. No reason I can't split that up to daily.
    Not sure on a giveaway. Need to think what I could offer. I'll look at Rafflecopter and see if it sparks ideas.

    Thunderclaps sound exciting :)

    Thanks for the hints.

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