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:
- Site: https://writehive.wixsite.com/writehive
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/write_hive
- Discord: https://discord.gg/D2FvnDm
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…
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~
It's time for another update!
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!
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.
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:
I won't tire about…
News for July 2019
I wanted to update you on the current happenings because that is what this news-section is for. ;-)
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.
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!
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:
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.
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:
The “#rules and infos” channel has been updated with the bots we use. You can find links to the respective bot-commands here:
- Mee6 – Gives you a nice greeting and keeps track of activity (https://mee6.xyz/leaderboard/317586446447804418)
- Dice-Bot – Helps you throw virtual dice (https://github.com/ArtemGr/Sidekick)
- Writer-Bot – Enables prompts, sprints, word counts/goals, name generators, and more (https://discordbots.org/bot/460090810029965312)
- Mod-Bot – Moderates stuff automatically and also gives some the ability to play music in the audio channels (https://dyno.gg/commands#/Music)
Additionally, I have publicised an application form there for moderators and event coordinators: https://forms.gle/…
I am back.
Yes! I am back from my vacation with a bag full of experiences.
And I already bring good news about Story-Bat. I was able to put some effort into Twitter in the past weeks and have successfully gathered over 660 Followers!
So, while we are still a long way from being “known”, some people already were visited by the Story-Bat and are listening to its messages. =]
The main focus will now be put on gathering a bigger audience for Story-Bat. Be it directly on the site, on our Discord-Server or via Social-Media like Twitter. In the end, if we gather enough interest, we should also get more funds (via ads or direct support) to develop Story-Bat further.
Feel free to join our Discord for more frequent news.
I wish you a good flight through your stories ~
Happy Holidays & Development Break
In the spirit of this time of year, I want to thank you all again for being part of Story-Bat!
You have helped me creating a community out of this site. It isn’t just an idea in my head anymore but a real place I gladly check on every day! :-]
I wish you all the best for the next year and hope you are able to spend some restful moments with your loved ones.
I want to use this broadcast as an opportunity to announce my plans for the better first half of 2019: I am going to travel the world!
From mid-January to the beginning of May, I will be visiting Japan, New Zealand, Hawai’i and Canada. Naturally, I am going to use every opportunity I get there to promote Story-Bat. ;-)
What does this mean for the site?
Well, I have configured it in a way that allows me to access it from anywhere in the world. So if any problems arise, I should be able to handle them. However, the site accessibility was quite good without any big manual labour from my site. So, rest assured that Story-Bat will remain online.
The online downside to this is that I won’t post any new content myself. I hope you can reduce…