Tutorial about our Story-Modes
The newest tutorial video is up!
In it, I talk about the Story-Modes we currently have. It is a good insight into one of the capabilities of Story-Bat.
You are welcome to share this video to show off our "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure"-Mode. ;-)
Our next video will be about creating a new story on the site. I have heard feedback from some people who were unsure as to how to correctly fill out a new Story-Page. You can look forward to that video next week!
I champion you all to tweet, post or in general talk about https://www.storybat.com/ using the #storybat hashtag on any of your social-media sites.
At the end of November, every Facebook-, Twitter- and Youtube-follower as well as active people in our Discord will enter a raffle to win some steam keys to Metro 2033, Strata, SUPERHOT and lots of other games!
So fly and good luck to you all!
Progress on Ad revenue
I want to thank those that have clicked on the ads on our homepage.
(Hint: You find them on some pages at the bottom of the right sidebar)
I already made 0.50 CHF in the last month and am probably going to receive about CHF 4.- for this month. This sounds like nothing or that I am mocking it but I am dead serious!
When I say every little bit counts then I mean it! Until we find people that are willing to support Story-Bat directly, those ad revenues help finance the server costs.
Even just those 50 cents mean that I have to pay 50 cents less out of my own pocket for the servers.
I wanted to make sure you know that your actions do have an impact!
Thanks again and happy writing~
Facebook Fanpage set up
In another push to get the word of Story-Bat out, we have created a Facebook-Fanpage:
If you are roaming FB or know people there who might be interested, please forward them this page.
Advertisements on Story-Bat
Some of you have already noticed that Google ads are being displayed on some pages:
These ads are always on the same bottom spot in the right sidebar, see also the following picture:
Ads will never show up on other spaces and we will never try to trick you into clicking on one.
The reason I have implemented ads here is that with realising this dream of mine I also generate costs. The site will be free to use for everyone but creating and managing a website doesn't go by ones wallet unnoticed. There are fees for hosting the site and mail-servers. Keeping the website up-to-date and maintaining it also occupies a lot of time. And I plan to do lots of improvements to the site with new functionality. For all of this, funds are needed.
Unfortunately, the "Support-Us"-page hasn’t seen…
Twitter and Reddit, here we come
Apocalypse Town is live!
The first community event has started!
“Apocalypse Town” is a “Choose-your-own-adventure”-type story that gives you a great opportunity to try out the “Adventure”-type Story-Mode. Each story revolves around one specific type of catastrophe. It could be a natural disaster, a zombie outbreak or you fleeing from the police. The goal is always the same: Find a way to survive/overcome the disaster. Regarding the examples above that would mean to survive or to successfully escape the police.
You can play as yourself or any character you want. The important thing is that (at least most of the time) you are a normal human trying to overcome the given obstacle.
You can find out more on the Story-Page: https://storybat.com/node/119
The first group is already on its way. Will you be part of the next?
Story-Bat Tutorials are rolling out
Here is the list to our playlist on Youtube:
In there, you will find videos explaining the different parts of our website. If you have any questions, ask them here, in Discord or directly under the corresponding Youtube-Video.
4 Tips for finding the time to write
If you find yourself stuck in your writing while arguing that you just don’t find the time to do it, the following tips could help you.
Make a habit out of it
Find the times when and where you write best and try to repeat those conditions. Implement daily routines in which your mind gets prepared to lay down that well-written text.
Have a morning procedure where you write down some ideas and scenes before breakfast. Does a shower give you inspirational thoughts? Reserve some time after each shower to sit down and write.
Just write everything down. Freewriting is a technique to overcome writer’s block. Either type on your keyboard or write everything down with old-school pen and paper.
To try it out: Give yourself a topic to write about, like a scene that you want to finally get to paper. Set your clock to a 10 minute countdown and then jot down as many sentences as fast as possible. Don’t hold back, don’t start to edit and if you get stuck, just write stuff like: “I don’t know what happens next. Could the scene end like that? Or should it …”
When the alarm rings, you may have…
Positive Feedback from Reddit and more bug fixes
The ad on Reddit runs flawlessly and we have received lots of positive feedback from the Reddit-Community!
You can see the comments here: https://www.reddit.com/comments/8z0a8o
I am inmeasurably grateful for the positiv receiption on Reddit and hope this will be our proving ground for gathering a much bigger community! =]
Improvements for the notification functionality (on-site and E-Mails):
- New Story-Pages and -Blocks get correctly referenced by their title instead of an excerpt from the content.
- Links to new Comments for Story-Pages and –Blocks are now displayed in mails. No more guessing where the comment originated.
- @Mentions in comments work with notifications. Now you get properly linked to the location where the “@” was placed
- Setting the E-Mail frequency in your “Settings” to “Never” will now also work for “@”-mentions. No more unsolicited notifications, yay!