In theory, one's writing improves over time. Which implies that Part 20 of a serial might actually be better written than Part 1. So, can one get people to start reading in the middle?
I admit that I'm something of a purist, who will tend to start with Book 1, Chapter 1, even if someone tells me Book 3 in the Universe is a lot better (assuming, of course, that one doesn't need Book 1 to know what's going on in Book 3). But I don't know if I'm in the majority there... in fact, I rather hope I'm not. Because, context, for it's 13th month (Sept 2015), my serial site has had the worst hit count EVER, and no one's even looked at Part 2 of the (current) Time Travel story since May. But when I showed Part 10 to someone, they thought it was kind of neat and picked up the story from there.
To try and facilitate that, everything I do in "Time&Tied" is partitioned into "Books"/"Indexes", and I've since further subdivided into six episode "Arcs"... but does that even matter if the landing page is Part 1? Is it that there's a necessary marketing aspect to this? I won't deny that this question is initially born of frustration (most people stop reading before even meeting half my cast!), but I am also curious as to what might make a person start into a serial with a later post in the sequence. Do you ever read that way? Do you ever try to get others to do it?