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Secret Scribble Santa & New Writing Tips

Hello fellow Writing-Bats~

Today, I would like to focus on the following two points:

 

Secret Scribble Santa

We will be hosting a Secret Scribble Santa for the weeks up to Christmas/Hanuka/Festivus/what-ever-you-celebrate. It will go like this:

  • You sign yourself up to be part of this event. With it, you send me your requirements/wishes for a short story via PM; be it the mentioning of certain characters, a plot you have in mind or a general setting. Just give enough information so your Secret Scribble Santa has something to work with. Sign-up has started today, 10th November.
  • I will randomly assign you your secret giftee on the 17th November. Naturally, this means I need to have received all the wishes from the participants until then.
  • You will have time until 22nd December to write your short story and post it in the event-channel that I would create for this event.
  • Important: Nobody expects you to write a book. The general guideline is 2'000 to 3'000 words but write as you see fit.  For example, exceptions can be made for poems and the like which can be shorter. The only thing I really care about is that you put effort and love into your work.

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    Scheduled Maintenance / Linux Kernel Update

    To tackle a Linux kernel vulnerability (https://lkml.org/lkml/2019/1/8/905) the following maintenance is scheduled for Story-Bat:

    Maintenance Start Time: 22th October 2019, 11 PM UTC

    Duration: 2 hours (actual downtime should be much less than that)

     

    This maintenance will update the underlying infrastructure that our server resides on and will not affect the data stored within. During the maintenance window, our hosting server will be cleanly shut down, which will allow us to perform the updates.

    The Story-Bat website will be inaccessible at the time. This ensures that none of the content on Story-Bat will be affected in any way and your data will stay intact throughout the process.

     

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Partnership with WriteHive | Twitter Growth

    In this month's news, I would like to celebrate the newly found partnership between WriteHive and Story-Bat!

    We are now allies in our quest to bring writers together.

     

    What is WriteHive?

    WriteHive is an online, non-profit, all-digital convention designed to celebrate the diversity, accomplishments, and community of writers and literary professionals around the world. They offer livestream presentations, exhibits, and other public outreach activities with the intent to connect members of the community and foster collaboration, inspiration, and growth.

     

    I am incredibly happy to have found some more likeminded people in our Writing Community with which to celebrate our favourite hobby or even profession.

    You can find out more about WriteHive under:

    We will also list WriteHive in our new "Partners" section in our https://storybat.com/faq

     

     

    Expanded Writing Family on Twitter

    And now to something not so completely different: We have reached almost 3'700 Followers on Twitter!

    Our reach in the #WritingCommunity is growing…

    September Update

    This month, I want to focus on our bigger reach on social media.

     

    Since our last news from August, we gathered almost a thousand additional followers on Twitter! Story-Bat is very active under the hashtag #WritingCommunity, and through it, we found many great writers and readers.

    If you haven’t already, please follow us on Twitter to get some inspiration for writing or meet new fellow writers > https://twitter.com/story_bat

     

    Naturally, this also brought some new faces into our Discord server. We redecorated some of our channels and are more ready than ever to host the best writing server in this realm!

    Feel free to join under > https://discord.gg/K93FVKH

     

    Lastly, I want to thank everybody who has tweeted about us or made Story-Bat more known in any other way. We don’t have any big marketing budget, so every little help counts. And word-of-mouth has proven to be a great attractor for new people.

     

    Thank you for your continuous support and as always a happy flight~

    August Update

    Fellow Bats

    It's time for another update!

     

    Story-Bat Interview

    I am tremendously happy to link to a spotlight from FastComet where they interviewed me about Story-Bat.

    The spotlight talks about the work that went into Story-Bat, how it is hosted and what exactly Story-Bat is.

    Please feel free to share the link!

    > https://www.fastcomet.com/blog/spotlight-mile-radunovic <

     

    Site-Visibility Update

    I have added some more tags and markers to Story-Bat so that search-engines may list our page a bit higher up on certain search requests.

    Just as an example, going on our homepage gives the new tab-title "Story-Bat | Writing, Reading, Collaboration, Community".

    These changes immediately grabbed the attention of over 1'000 bots that crawled Story-Bat, again. So, I am already confident that those changes have positively affected our visibility in the writing community.

     

    Twitter

    We breached 1'800 Followers! To be precise, 1'865 people are following Story-Bat on Twitter as of this writing.

    If you want to see some sweet tweets and have some insight into the #WritingCommunity on Twitter, have a look here:

    > https://www.twitter.com/story_bat <

     

    Discord

    I won't tire about…

    News for July 2019

    Fellow Bats!

    I wanted to update you on the current happenings because that is what this news-section is for. ;-)

     

    New job

    Since July, I have started a new full-time job.

    My main task concerns software automation, which is a fascinating topic. On top of that, the company is very close to my home which means I can walk to work, yay.

    Having a full-time job again naturally means that I cannot invest as much time into Story-Bat as before. But don't fret, I don't want our dear site to collect dust or even shut down.

    Story-Bat and the accompanying social-media channels (primarily Twitter and Discord) will persevere. It just means that I need more activity from my fellow authors. Meanwhile, I will try to continue my writing on my story Dark Energy (German), too.

    What Story-Bat needs most at the moment is content.

     

    Twitter

    We have reached 1'300 Followers with our main focus on writers and story-lovers!

    If you come across story-writing content (or other inspiring stuff), please tag us with @storybat.

    We would love to share your findings or own work!

     

    Discord

    Our Discord-Server is fully setup and operational. Unfortunately though, it is quite quiet in there. Please feel free to stop by or tell your friends about it. We have many lurkers but not many writers.

    Our Discord is a place where you can talk about your stories,…

    Planed downtime for the website

    Starting on the 2nd of July 2019 at 1 AM UTC the Story-Bat website will not be available for approximately two hours. During this maintenance window, a number of security vulnerabilities known as Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) will be dealt with.

    Rest assured, there have been no attacks and your data is safe. This is a precautionary measure.

     

    If you want to learn more about MDS, you can read up on this page:

    https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/mds.html

     

    I am sorry for the inconvenience! I wish you nice weekend and happy writing.

    1'111 Followers on Twitter!

    Just a short news for today but an important one.

    Our reach within Twitter has grown in the last few months and I wanted to celebrate that.

    1k Followers

    Wish you all a wonderful day!

    Huge Discord Update

    Fellow Bats! I hereby bring news from our Discord Server.

    I have done a major revamp on the channels and the automated functions. Let’s take a look at each category:

     

    Top channels

    The “#rules and infos” channel has been updated with the bots we use. You can find links to the respective bot-commands here:

     

    Additionally, I have publicised an application form there for moderators and event coordinators: https://forms.gle/…