Attention WP writers, betas (and readers/enthusiasts). After much discussion on the state of our beloved TB/SVM fandom and some hints from readers here or there we feel there could be a better way to direct traffic away from ff. net, which with its creeps on PM, hateful guest reviews and random bigotry has left us all disenchanted and on occasion has stalled the motivation to write. We feel there should be one site that allows an easy overview of what the different WP writers have to offer as a better alternative to the dreaded ff. net and hopefully invigorate our slightly waning fandom. At the moment a lot of writers have a blog roll on their own page that will direct you to the different blogs, initiate spotlights or make recommendations but despite that for most readers transitioning from ff. net to WP it’s a difficult place to navigate and a lot of great writers are simply lost in the maze.
So I proposed there could be a single WP site that would act as a directory for all that’s available in our fandom (perhaps branch out to others in the future with sister sites) where each WP writer would be an author/contributor to the blog and they could maintain their own dedicated Writer’s Page that would be similar to the FF. net profile page that in turn would link to the stories on your own blog. It’s simply a service for the readers to better navigate the WP landscape and make it more appealing. I’ve had countless comments on FF. net the past few months that express how happy they are that I am to still writing because to a lot of those readers it feels like stories and writers are simply disappearing when they have simply moved on to a mostly exclusive WP existence for understandable reasons.
There could be other features but they are not required, for example there are a lot of smaller blogs that do reviews, recommendations, etc. If these bloggers would be willing to contribute posting content too, that would be great. They could in turn spotlight new authors who move over to WP, alert on new and finished stories, competitions and awards, etc. in one place rather than many.
So you’re a writer and you’re already thinking that’s a shit ton of work right, I’m busy enough as it is… This is what we would ask of you: setting up the initial Writer’s Page, there would be some template that gives a brief description and a choice of tags that would describe your blog content, basically communicating the type of writing you do. Then it’s simply a question of copy and pasting story descriptions with the banners if you wish and linking it all back to your site. You could just leave it as a description and a link to your site only if you prefer. Then it’s simply a matter of updating whenever you add a new story to your site if you go with a more elaborate profile. Last we ask you link back to the site so that anyone visiting your site can find the directory if they’re unaware of it.
Betas, we’d love to stick you in a directory too albeit in a pared down version of the Writer Pages and have a single page with all of you in one place, so feel free to respond to this too.
This will only work if people are all on board and willing to contribute but it would make a great hub for the SVM/TB fandom as a large fraction doesn’t participate in all the different Facebook groups or on Facebook at all. Please respond whether you’d be willing to join in on this venture or even to say you think it’s a horrible idea, at this moment we’re simply taking inventory of what is feasible and whether there is enough interest.
PLEASE reblog this even though that is extremely annoying for all the readers who follow several blogs (I deeply apologise for the inconvenience) but we’d like this to get around as far as possible so everyone can be on board.