Newly listed, what to expect?

First, I am so excited to be listed here. This is a big step for me as a writer. *Steps off Soapbox*

Couple questions, first, what is normal to expect for views in the first few days of being listed here at WFG?

I am far from this point...but does there come a point when you are not getting enough readers to keep writing the story? Maybe a time when it is time to write something more people will read?

Well, to answer your second questions from the viewpoint of a total writing noob, most probably the reason you write, is because you want to. Doesn't matter how many readers you have or don't have, if you want to write the story you will.

It's a fallacy to think that you're writing the story for your readers(personal opinion), you're really writing the story for yourself, and to change it because you don't think it's popular enough is against this central axiom.

That is a very good point, but at the same time, readers sure feel good to have around. You are correct, at the core of everything, I write because I love to create something never created before.

Congrats on the listing! As I recall, you're not the first person to ask, so there might be a thread in the archives, though I did a very cursory search and nothing appeared. I think (like so much else) the effect of the listing will depend.

I actually screen capture my daily stats every month or so (I like tangible things), so I'll do a quick check... damn, "Time & Tied" was listed May 13, 2015, one year ago! (Happy birthday to me.) Prior to that, I'd get around 5 daily views. On the 13th, it jumped to 25 views, and then hovered around 12 views per day for another week. Billy H wrote a review on May 20th, creating another spike, and I hovered around 18 views per day to the 29th (WILD fluctuations though, a 21 view day followed by a zero view day). By the start of June, two weeks later, daily views were hovering around 10, where they remained. And kind of are to this day, huh. Soooo, I guess call it double?

As far as the "not enough readers thing" - that's happened to me. TWICE. After 3 years and over 220 episodes of Personified Math, I set it aside in 2014, despite having enough ideas to continue the thing indefinitely. Because I was barely scraping together 50 views on any one post, and all I heard was crickets. Quick summary: "Mr. Bruckman, there are hits, and there are misses... and then there are misses." (Any X-Files fans? No?) I did blog about the whole thing (see for tales of my social media failures), took some time off, then started my current WordPress site.

The SECOND time was after 47 straight weeks of "Time & Tied" which in that time managed to perform several degrees WORSE than personified math. I'm talking less than 10 views on a post. (Did you KNOW Wordpress starts using decimals if your hit count for a week falls under 10?) The lack of interest in something I felt so invested in was killing me. I'm currently writing "Full Scale Invasion" instead, which has seen more comments in 2 months than I got in a year of T&T. That said:

(1) Perhaps I didn't know how good I had it with the Math thing. 50 views! Damn! So, I brought it back as a webcomic.

(2) I'm still stubbornly continuing "T&T" this summer; hopefully the current work gives me enough of a boost to coast through another 47 weeks of crickets. That's why it's still in my signature. I know it has potential. I hope it finds its audience.

All of that to say - sometimes, for your own mental well being, you might have to walk away from a story, so that you don't burst into tears at the mention of it or something. Know that it will still be there when you're ready, and if you're writing other things in the interim, readers* will still be there too. (*Note: Not statistically valid, being based on my sample size of 10 readers.) Best!

OP - this is not solid data and probably not what you are looking for, but every writer's reader acquisition trajectory varies dramatically.

Everything also depends where you maintain your story, how wide of a net you cast, how well you manage promotion, etc.

My suggestion is to ask a writer of a story you genuinely read and enjoy for advice. That's what I did, and it got me started in the right direction.

Story topic matters in terms of getting attention. Try to make it clear by tags / description what you're stories about. There are a lot of people to go through looking for specific elements.

LitRPG is insane in general - and seems to get hits like crazy everywhere I see. Urban Fantasy seems far, far less popular. Hero stuff does fairly well here compared to other sites like Royal Road.

If you have any current steady readers, get them to vote so you show up on Top Web Fiction - that'll increase visibility. That being said, I don't expect a 'ton' from here - not because I dislike the crowd, but because I try hard to keep my hopes low so it doesn't hurt my frail ego...

I am pretty happy so far, averaging about 35-37 view a day since being listed. I also have reached 17 on Top web fiction's 24hr board, that to me is a success. Even though it only took 3 votes, one of whom is a friend of mine that reads my book, at least two random people like it. Celebrate the little things right?

How are you getting on now a week has passed? I was listed around the same time, and I've had all of 12 visits and 40 page views from WFG, which is rather poor compared to other sources (something I'm assuming is down to demographics). No TWF votes, either, but analytics suggest those 12 visits didn't translate into readers, either XD (they always seem to come from webcomics instead!)

I'm still in the queue waiting to get listed so I can't answer for the first question.

As for the second - I've gone years already with very little readership of anything I've written but I keep writing. Because I need to write. I've got all these ideas stuck up there in my head that need to get out. If they don't I'll go mad. Or madder.

Now that a week and a half or so has passed, I have done reasonably well. Like you Dary, I have very little from web fiction guide. Maybe around 15 views. But I have quite a few friends that read my story every week, finally got them to vote on TWF. It was the very beginning of the week and early in the month,it threw me into the top ten for the 24-hour list.(very briefly) I started getting views very fast, so I added a voting incentive. I offered a bonus chapter If I hit 10 more votes on TWF. I got it that next day and hit the top ten in the 24-hour list. (Again...briefly) I have been averaging about 80 views a day since then. Almost totally from web fiction guide. A few from facebook but those are facebook friends that stop by to see what I am creating. Most of my facebook friends are not readers and do not view anything other than my static page. I also try to list over at Tuesday Serial, I get a hand full of views from there each week. Overall, I would I have about 10-12 people really reading it each week.

Through the weekend, my views have been tapering down to around 55-60. Being near the top of the TWG list is what will gain you some views. It is just tough to stay there as an unknown writer with an unknown story.

Sorry for the very detailed overview, hope this helps someone who is trying to gain readers.

You shouldn't have to apologise for sharing stats; they help us understand how our readers (and potential readers) behave :p

Despite what I said previously, I actually had someone from WFG binge read everything I have over the weekend, which is pretty impressive given it's closing in on 200k now. Still don't think I've shown up on TWF, though, and I don't really have anything to use for a voting incentive. It's work enough just keeping the main story going!

Dary I would recommend putting a link on your website directly to the voting booth for your story. I did this by going to my story listing on WFG and copying the link location from the vote link. I used that url with a vote button image. Right now my button is an eye, I have asked people to poke the eye of Top Web Fiction. :)

There's a voting link at the end of each chapter. Anything more and I'd risk cluttering the design.

True, you could put a link to it in your support page as well. I will say, your web page is probably the nicest I have seen, at least it appeals to my taste.

Voting links at the bottom of each chapter work pretty well. :)