So I may have made a mistake

4 years ago | t4nky (Member)

So, I may have done something that is known as "splitting your base." Basically, what I've done is I started posting Nowhere Island University on Spacebattles. Then I decided that that might not be a good platform. If I wanted people from outside Spacebattles to find it, they couldn't. So I decided to put it on a Wordpress site. But I continued to update the Spacebattles thread as well. After all, I am getting some of my best feedback and my most loyal fans from there. Now, I've started posting on Inkitt.

Appart from splitting my fanbase (note: I'd like to know why that's a bad thing) I've also created unnecessary work for myself. It takes a significant portion of my Wednesday to update everything I need to update. Any suggestions, other than "don't do this next time you make a web serial?"

"An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
https://nowhereislanduniversity.wordpress.com/

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  1. Tempest (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I have no idea why fragmented fanbases are bad.

    The extra work you have made for yourself is its own burden, and you already know not to do it.

    You could try to bring them together, link back to your serial and see if they trickle across. And you could stop finding new places to post.

  2. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    The only reason fragmented fanbases are "bad" is because of the extra work you have to do make sure none of them are ignored.

    They can be somewhat inconvenient if you're trying to determine the size of your total audience simply because you have no way of knowing how much of each audience overlaps (i.e., maybe one day a reader reads at one location, and the next at another).

    On the other hand, having your work posted in multiple venues does expose it to audiences who might not otherwise know about it.

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  3. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Isn't the size of your overall fanbase worth the additional effort?

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  4. Khronosabre (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I post Caelum Lex in three places every Friday and have been since we launched 2.5 years ago. I'd prefer people read on the main site and all avenues have links to it, but I'd rather put in a bit more time each week to ensure my readers have the experience they want and are most comfortable with than not. Not really sure why it's a mistake. Do your thang.

  5. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Splitting the audience does matter, because, generally speaking, discussion generates discussion.

    If you have 100 readers in one place, you're going to get more readers than if you have 50 in one place and 50 in another. Yes, you'll have some fans saying stuff in both places, which might make for more comments, but overall, there'll be less discussion.

    All the more so if you have 33 readers in one place, 33 in another, and 33 in a third.

  6. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Ok, that makes sense. I'm going to have to find a way to deal with this. Also, I'm never making this mistake again.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
    https://nowhereislanduniversity.wordpress.com/
  7. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Perhaps I'm being dense here, but I don't know that this is "splitting your base" so much as trying to locate it, or perhaps broaden it. You started on one platform. You decided to expand out to a second (and third?) in hopes of reaching more people. Cool. It's not like you're publishing EXTRA content for some people or working in a new GENRE to appeal to a subset of whoever you started with. That seems like it might split readers.

    All that said, once you've expanded to create a bigger readership, there might be ways to collapse it back in a bit, if it's becoming too much... like offering extra frills or something in one of the particular locations, to draw attention there. I'm currently putting my story out both on my Wordpress blog and in Wattpad -- offset by a week. This means one location can get the content a bit earlier. Granted, it has had absolutely no effect, but I put that down to marketing, which is mostly nonexistent, because when I'm not writing, I'm dealing with my day job.

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  8. Emma (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    You could always try to find a way to bring all of your readers together. Like make a forum? That way they can discuss the story, but you can still publish on the different formats.

  9. DJ Clarke (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Offering incentives in one place such as an occasional side story, a question and answer session, behind the scene peeks at parts of your story or how you came up with things, could work on getting more people to your site. You'll eventually be able to consolidate everything in one place as people interested in the story decide that the extras are worth the one or two more clicks of the mouse.
    I do something similar with some of my novels, the rough draft goes up on a forum or story site I like, and after it's done I edit it, fix things up and publish it, telling people that the improved version is for sale.

  10. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    The problem with that emma is a lot of places dont like you advertising external sites.

  11. Emma (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I didn't know that, Alexander. That sucks. I guess it would be hard to get all the readers in one place. I'm sure there's a way, it's just finding the time to search for one.

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