Admin: New Idea Regarding Bonus Posts and Posting Frequency

Okay, so, everyone (me and Daron included) really enjoyed the three posts a week we ran at Daron’s Guitar Chronicles during Web Serial Writing Month. And I’ve been thinking, donations have been terrific, but they tend to come in a spate whenever we make some kind of special offer, so bonus posts are not being triggered regularly.

Here’s my idea for the coming section of plot. Instead of a money incentive, how about everyone helping out growing the readership of the site? Here’s how it’ll work. Instead of just raising $100 in donations and saying we’ll run 3 posts a week for an entire month, how about 100 “points”?

Each dollar of donation is one point.
Each new Twitter follower is one point.
Each Tweet or RT with a link to DGC: one point.
Each link to DGC in a Facebook status: one point
Each blog entry pointing people to the site: 5 points!
Forum/discussion/etc post pointing people to the site: 5 points!

To get credit for the points in tweets and posts, please reply here with a link so we can verify it.

You guys have until October 7th to raise as many points as possible. If we hit 100 by then, there will be a Liner Note post on the 10th, and then we will switch to 3 posts a week for at LEAST a month. If you guys go really crazy and earn 200 points, I’ll make it 3 posts a week for TWO months. 300 points, THREE months. Just in case you really go nuts, there will be commensurate reward.

Regular bonus post rules will also apply, so if more actual money comes in, there could be 4 posts a week! But I figured I wanted people to feel like they could contribute somehow besides just opening their wallets.

Final thought: in the future I’d like to come up with other things readers can do to earn points toward more posts. Got any ideas? Should comments count for points? How about reviews left on sites like the Web Fiction Guide? How about fan art? Part of the whole fun of a web serial is that it is a two-way interaction, and not just the one-sided, solitary act of reading a printed book, so I’m trying to think of other ways this could work. Your suggestions welcome!

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Comments 11

  1. D. wrote:

    Not sure how to get links to the tweets without going to the website which I’m avoiding while it’s hacked.

    Put up a link and rec for the series on my private twitter (tryslora), public twitter (trysrocks), and my facebook (http://www.facebook.com/tryslora which is private but has a decent readership).

    Also put up links to Daron’s twitter and facebook page in another post to all three!

    Er, feel free to not count the ones that are private/friendslocked. I shall try to remember to blog when I am not so crazed at work…

    Daron deserves all the love he can get!!!!!

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    ctan Reply:

    I’m following you on twitter so I saw them. :-) Thank you so much! I’m keeping a tally!

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    Posted 21 Sep 2010 at 10:44 am
  2. BriAnne wrote:

    I like the options. I’ll have to brainstorm other things we can do, and I plan to post to my LJ about my friend Daron and his (mis)adventures. I will link when I do.

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    ctan Reply:

    Sounds good!

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    BriAnne Reply:

    And I’ve posted! http://eternaleponine.livejournal.com/580229.html

    Also did a couple of tweets/retweets. I can link to them if necessary.

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    Posted 22 Sep 2010 at 9:42 am
  3. Claudia wrote:

    Well, I’m Daron’s latest follower, so there’s a point. Serious campaigning will wait for another day, though!

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    ctan Reply:

    Excellent! :-)

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    Posted 22 Sep 2010 at 1:45 pm
  4. daron wrote:

    Monday September 27th. I think the campaign for “points” has been going on a little less than a week.

    If I’m tallying right, there are 10 points accumulated so far from tweets, RTs, and Facebook mentions, 2 from new Facebook “likes” and 1 from a new twitter follower. So 13 total. However remind me anyone if you think you’re not getting tallied.

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    BriAnne Reply:

    There’s my blog post, which I think should be five?

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    daron Reply:

    Oh right! Yes! Add five, and Trys did another retweet tonight.

    I think I’m going to make a bonus post this Saturday to encourage people.

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    D. Reply:

    Mmmmmmm bonus post. That kind of encouragement is kind of awesome. :)

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    Posted 27 Sep 2010 at 2:48 pm
  5. daron wrote:

    I believe we’re up to 27 points as of today, including rewteets and new followers. (Also lost a follower, but it was probably a bot… I didn’t subtract one for it obviously…)

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    ctan Reply:

    And a $10 donation just came in! So that adds 10 points, plus 2 more tweets today. So that’s 39, with a week to go!

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    Posted 30 Sep 2010 at 7:43 pm
  6. D. wrote:

    Blogged! I posted to my DW (http://tryslora.dreamwidth.org/6434.html) and had that crosspost to LJ and IJ. I really think the folks on LJ and IJ that I either game with now or have gamed with would love to meet Daron, and I hope some of them come out to do so.

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    ctan Reply:

    Hm…. should that count as one post or three then? *ponders*

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    Posted 02 Oct 2010 at 11:28 am
  7. Amy wrote:

    I (finally) tweeted! But my Tweets are locked, so I’m not sure you can see it…
    http://twitter.com/swtalmnd/status/26336289591

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    daron Reply:

    it counts! Whoops, I sent you a follow request, but really it’s ctan who ought to follow you…

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    ctan Reply:

    And I will, as soon as Twitter stops giving me the “over capacity” failwhale.

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    Posted 04 Oct 2010 at 12:20 am
  8. Stace wrote:

    Posted to my LJ! http://aerinha.livejournal.com/527136.html
    Here’s hoping we make it to 100.

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    ctan Reply:

    w00t! And I friended you, btw, hope that’s OK. :-)

    Tally now stands at 63! Including this review, a donation from today, and more Facebook “likes.” Getting very close!

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    Stace Reply:

    Yes, it’s great that you friended me… always glad to add interesting new people :)

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    Posted 04 Oct 2010 at 10:52 pm
  9. ctan wrote:

    Daron convinced me we should count votes to TOP WEB FICTION as points, too. There have been 5 of those this week, so that puts the tally at 68.

    Only 32 points to go! That’s only 6 blog posts and a couple more followers…?

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    Posted 05 Oct 2010 at 12:50 am
  10. ctan wrote:

    Tallying as of 8pm tonight (with ~2 days to go in the campaign), adding 7 for Top Web Fiction votes, 7 for retweets, and 3 for more followers, = 81 points right now!

    I might have counted some tweets twice, but it’s basically ~20 points to go with 2 days to get there. :-)

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    Posted 05 Oct 2010 at 7:03 pm
  11. ctan wrote:

    A generous donor just topped us off! So we’re at 101 points with one day to go! If you were planning to blog or something, though, please do it anyway. I’ll add more bonuses if more points accrue before midnight tomorrow!

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    Posted 06 Oct 2010 at 1:36 pm

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