Trying something new here

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  1. Tintenteufel (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Very good input about which I have to think a little while, I guess.
    Especially the translations. It would be...nice and could fit with some minor thing I got rolling around in my head (translation as a second field for study) but I would have to try and fit it in after I have found my stride with writing regularly.
    Onwards to writing the backlog and testing websites for september. No need to rush into a marathon, no?.

    Thank you all for your advice, I appreciate it. :)

    Blut und Rost - German Webserial about the horror that is human interaction
  2. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    It's worth mentioning by the way, that a little less than half my pageviews on any given month are from outside the US. Germans have been reading practically since the beginning of the serial. I've also occasionally had Russians reading using Google Translate (and actually recently received a donation from one last week). It's obvious that some translation program is being used when suddenly you're seeing Cyrillic letters in Google Analytics.

    It makes me wonder what sort of readership I'd have outside the US if I actually translated my story.

    Alas, I'm not good enough with any language outside English to translate it adequately.

    My point being that it's pretty clear to me that there's a German readership for web serials out there waiting for you. Strangely enough being in English too might even help you find it. On the other hand, simply being listed here might help with that.

  3. Tintenteufel (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    So...I honestly don't know how this should be handled since I was quite a bit inactive last few weeks...But I just wanted to tell you folks: I'm doing it. :)
    Wrote a backlog (most of which I do not like...but it's about 20.000 Words, should last me through about 10 to 15 updates/weeks or one hell of a writers block), figured out my pace (write more than I use actually which gives me the freedom to fuck up a bit), figured out where to go and what to do...and made the webspace ( for anyone interested in criticising the layout).

    Am currently editing the first post which should go live later today. And I'm quite a bit nervous, too, since it isn't my best work as of yet...but that shows how much one can improve with just a little time.

    Sadly it took a while for me to settle into the idea and don't slack off too much. :/ Been writing consistently for only about three weeks now because all kind of shit went down between me moving and university starting and what not.

    I took the quick way and decided to only write german for now. Don't think I'll have enough time on the side for translation which would take a good chunk of my day - especially since I'm not very confident. So I'll translate as I have the time and publish that with a heavy backlog and a master plan. Maybe when I'm coming around to my translation studies. :D

    Now...there's nothing left but to jump and hope I can fly. :/

    Are you guys nervous btw? In any way, shape or form? I mean when you upload it. Some of us obviously get more traffic than others and more criticism but even if you don't have 2 million hits on your first series there's this uncertainty, no?
    I it normal for me to fear the release button?

    Blut und Rost - German Webserial about the horror that is human interaction
  4. LEErickson (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I've been writing for a lot of years, and a lot of my early stuff was fan fic posted to RPG forums. Back then, pushing the post button was very much a terrifying/exhilarating experience (after which I'd spend way more time than I should confess to clicking the refresh button to see how many reads I'd gotten and if there were any comments). These days, the level of fear/excitement is more mellow and I manage to only check my stats once a day. (OK, maybe twice, but only if I have nothing else to do during lunch. I swear.) What helps me is to try to stay focused on the things I can control--the writing, the story, the presentation (formatting and web site, in this case). But yeah, there's still a definite nerves factor to the publishing click. I don't think you're alone on that one. :)

    I only know enough German to ask for a beer and/or an ambulance. (My sons both took German in high school, so I had to pick up a few words for when they thought it was funny to use it to talk around me.) But your site design appears to be off to a good start. Nice and clean basic structure, easy to follow flow, room to add in all your bits and pieces as you're ready to add them.

    Best of luck with it!

  5. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Great that you're giving it a go! Sounds like you've done preliminary work, and one of the main things is that idea of improvement over time... not only with the writing, but with the confidence and scheduling too. (Had a quick look at the site also, but I don't know German... as Erickson said, looks like a good start, you may want an 'about the author' and/or 'index' page at some point.)

    As far as nerves, I don't think that ever really goes away, but the cause for them can change. Me, I'm not as worried about the writing itself any more, I know I'm putting the best I can out there given constraints in my life... so it's no longer "What if someone says this is terrible" now. Some have said they like my writing style, others have pointed out flaws, and someone once told me I draw like a 3 year old, so fine, whatever. It's now become nerves about "What if I never ever get another comment" because I get months of silence - I sustain myself on 2 or 3 daily views. Honestly though, if what we're doing is important to us, perhaps it SHOULD worry us a little? The important thing is to enjoy! And if at first you don't fly, don't give up.

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