Do people read fiction on blogs?

TF Carthick
TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

Are blogs a good medium for fiction? I am wondering if people look to blogs as a place for reading fiction? Blog is very popular for advise on technical matters and products, travel tips and a common man's perspective on latest news. But I am wondering if at all there will be people intrested in reading fiction from blogs. 

I won't even ask about poetry because I know the answer. Only very few people want to read poery even from books and don't think too many people are keen on even Wordsworth and Tennyson. But fiction everyone likes. So wondering if anyone would read fiction from blogs. Of course lot of people like to write fiction on blogs. And the people who write visit the other people's blogs to encourage them in order to get reciprocal visits. Similarly other genre bloggers visit fiction bloggers to get visits back on their traveI or social topic blog. I am not talking about those people. I am talking the general reader like the ones who buys and reads fiction books. Would they read fiction on a blog?

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DS
DS
from Mumbai
7 years ago
Do you?
TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

To be honest,  though I have discovered lot of good fiction writers on blogs, if I am not a blogger seeking readers for my blog, I would not be reading. Because even these good writers on blogs do not compare with so many best selling writers from the past 200 years who I am yet to read. So I am trying to understand if what I write will have some audience. If there is really an audience, possibly it might help to start a collaborative venture like Animesh's Story in Pieces rather to provide quality stories to the readers rather than having stories scattered across blog-o-sphere. But priority for me now is to see what people think about there being a market at all for this kind of content.

DS
from Mumbai
7 years ago
To be honest, though I have discovered lot of good fiction writers on blogs, if I am not a blogger seeking readers for my blog, I would not be reading. Because even these good writers on blogs do not compare with so many best selling writers from the past 200 years who I am yet to read. This Answers Your Query Perfectly. As far as a concept such as sip is concerned, if done with dedication and the team of writers is ready to write on a regular basis day in and day out then it can be good. But getting a decent readership will still remain a huge questionmark unless the site becomes popular and is projected as a magazine widely.
Ranjith
Ranjith
from hyderabad
7 years ago

The first thing is that people (excludes bloggers ) do not read too much and if they do, they would be looking around for tech reviews and film gossips. The open fact is that the largest audience for bloggers is either co bloggers or google. And for story blogs, the traffic from google is almost nill. If one is really interested in reading a story, one would mostly prefer to read a published book (either in print or in digitral format) rather than roaming around on the blogosphere. o, if you really interested in writing stories and get recognised for the same, spending a year or two in writing the book would be a better option. Blogs, to a certain extent, may help in improving writing skills.

Vysakh Jayakrishnan
Vysakh Jayakrishnan
from Thrissur
7 years ago
The answer is 'NO' TF. Fiction has to be read on printed paper. And that too in a book. Let it be stories, poem, or Novel. E-reading doesn't work out. But you must go on blogging. Because blogging is an easy way to get your thoughts out of your mind. They do not get lost. When they gets published on blog, they become immortal. That's not a small thing.
Deepa Duraisamy
Deepa Duraisamy
from Mumbai
7 years ago

TF - my take on it. Fiction writers enjoy reading other fiction blogs. I personally bookmark some fiction blogs that I really like and do keep stopping by every once in a while to read the latest. There are some really good fiction bloggers out there. As far as blogger reciprocation goes, its true for any and every genre. As far as finding a bigger audience goes, you can find other similar-interest people but whether it would help you take your stories to a whole different level, well, I am not very confident about that unless they are established writers themselves who can help you take your fiction further, but then IMO established writers hardly have time to visit others' blogs. They're busy promoting their own and with good cause, can't blame them. That being said, I also think that you should keep exploring other avenues too like the Penguin Short stories book publication contest, HP, Grey Oak Yuva, Chicken Soup etc. 

Deepa Duraisamy
from Mumbai
7 years ago

I do agree with Ranjith above. Its going to be mainly co-bloggers or friends on your Facebook page. Strangers would rather pick up a book or buy one online. And yes, would recommend spending more time on your manuscript to get it published eventually! But keep going! Also, in cases like BAT entries, fiction makes a good genre - and you're guaranteed readers because of the voting (Though there are people who don't end up reading all due to time crunches and stuff, a little unfair but sad!). Oh and my the way, I never read film reviews on blogs :) Don't know why!

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

Thats what I was thinking - whether I should focus on my blog or more on these other things. Have submitted for penguin. Next need to take a shot at the HP. Don't know what is Greay Oak Yuva.

Deepa Duraisamy
from Mumbai
7 years ago

Just like Chicken Soup collections, Grey Oak Publishers release a book called Urban Shots every year. Its a collection of short stories. And just like Penguin, this year they have asked for love stories as the theme - but this year they want to do it only for people under 24 years of age. They would be coming back to the general audience again next year. Check out their Facebook page.

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

@ Deepa - Oh. That is limited and love again! I have had enough love for this year - love marriage v/s arranged marriage, love story for penguin and still love story for Harper Collins to go. Can't take any more love this year.

Deepa Duraisamy
from Mumbai
7 years ago

What's the HarperCollins one you've mentioned?

Deepa Duraisamy
from Mumbai
7 years ago

Never mind got it. TF - I was browsing through the discussion topics on the Harper Collins page at IB and came across this. You might want to take a look. http://everything2.com/title/Why+aspiring+novelists+should+write+short+stories?author_id=1184215#Lucy-S

The Nameless One
The Nameless One
from Mumbai
7 years ago

I'll have to agree with Ranjith he put it up well. Unless I stumble upon a good blog with fiction, I don't actively search for them unlike reviews and tech stuff. I however do read such blogs of people whom I already know, and that is the key here perhaps. Moreover the no. of bloggers writing fiction is less (comparitively) than of other genres which  Ihave seen myself. If you want to write why not publish a book?

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

Bloggers read the blogs of people they know. But what about non bloggers? The problem with bloggers is we have to read back. And non once an follow more than 20-25 bliggers. So that limits the number of readers you can have to 20-25 bloggers and 10-15 friends and family. Hardly seems like a great readership.

Vysakh Jayakrishnan
Vysakh Jayakrishnan
from Thrissur
7 years ago
For me, I wouldn't have written a single thing elsewhere that I wrote on my blog if i didn't had that blog. Thats the primary use of my blog and only use of various rankings. The readers may call them defamating facts(when I write fiction) or unbelievable fiction (when I write facts). But whatever may be that the point is that it is my blog does instigate me in to writing. I would like to know what's the case with you.
TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

I have been through that phase and now got enough inspiration over 4 years. So now it is time to re-think what next.

my view is that if you want to get published and don't want to cry hoarse that your idea got copied by smart Alec. restrain.

Deepa Duraisamy
from Mumbai
7 years ago

But you wouldn't use the same story that you publish on your blog in a book, would you?

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

The whole idea of writing on blogs is to avoid the tyranny of publishers. I was wondering if an online model is possible where a writer can reach reader directly without the intermediation of publishers. But form the opinions of people here, it seems impossible.

first get published, then people will upload e book.

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

Yeah Pl. But first to get published, someone should agree to publish you, na? And it requires luck even to get past the sub editors and get read by the main editor.

but fool , the short story publishing chances one gets for fresh takes only. like penguin n harper have come up. st those moments one feels drained  and st a loss. if he submitted most benrvolent ideas on blogposts.

sweta tiwary
sweta tiwary
from bangalore
7 years ago

I have a fiction blog and as per my understanding it's mostly my friends, fellwo blogers and sometimes random people directed by google come to my blog and read stories.

I feel very rarely someone will go online and search for a fiction to read, but once someone is hokked to your writting stle and loves you stories they will come back to your blog again and again !!

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

Does that happen is what I wanted to know. Do people come to your blog again and again because they love your stories or because they love you - either because you are their friend in real world or you read and leave comments for them in blog-o-sphere.

Nirati
from Mumbai
7 years ago

I agree with what Sweta said!It's generally people whose blogs I visited, they saw me on their blogger friends' comments, they're my friends, etc.I started writing fiction quite late after I started a blog, so the people who initially read it, read that as well. And writing fiction actually got me more readers!A lot of the people who follow my blog only read the fiction pieces. Some are my friends, see the links on FB/Twitter and read it, and some (rarely) get misdirected :P onto my blog due to the tags and Google. 

Shesha Chaturvedi
Shesha Chaturvedi
from Delhi
7 years ago

Hi TF. I agree with sweta here. People dont specifically search for fictions, but if a rapport is built with a blogger, they come again to read. Personally, I prefer to read best selling writers like you do. Though if somebody tells me to read a certain blog and if i like it, blogger gets the brand loyalty. :)

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

That is what I am trying to get an idea of the opinion to see if there is a market - In case if a site like story in pieces is created where everyday a good story comes up, will there be regular readers to make it sustainable?

Nirati
from Mumbai
7 years ago

There's this person called Vivek and he has this 55 word story blog (http://55words.blogspot.in) where there is a new theme everyday and people write their 55stories based on it.That is one site I know gets updated and read everyday.. But over all, in general, I don't think so. 

I am new to this blogging syndrom, what i observed in one month of blogging is that the day I posted one fiction I got two follower, one post on our country which was even published by DNA didnt fetch any follower. Moreover with the increase in number of tablets and galaxy note, i think people will read a good story. Global trends also suggest that people are shifting from print to digital.

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

@ Amit - Even on tabs, e-books are preferred and more  convenient than blogs,  

Vysakh Jayakrishnan
Vysakh Jayakrishnan
from Thrissur
7 years ago

I completely agree with Infected Mind. Fiction can't be read on screen. E-reading can only be for getting information( eg: wikipedia) .

Because when you read news, informaion comes into you but when you read a story, you get into the story. You can't get into your computer screen as you get into a book.

You can't enjoy E-reading if you need to slide the scroll bar finish a story. So the story must be too short.

Deepa Duraisamy
from Mumbai
7 years ago

I have to beg to disagree here. Computer screens maybe yes. But e-readers like Kindle and Nook are really capturing the heart of the reader. I love my Kindle and I know many others who do too, but that's not to say that I have stopped reading print. I shuttle between both! I have come to really appreciate the little device that can hold so many books that would have otherwise have been so bulky. And the fact that its got e-ink and not the LCD computer screen. But of course, I am sure I am going to get resistance from print lovers who would swear by hardcopies anyday! :) But coming back to your point TF, even though I love to blog about fiction, I do see your point. Most people would rather read fiction in books than on a blog. Guess that's a good tip for me too to slow down on fiction blogging and concentrate those efforts elsewhere. 

Vysakh Jayakrishnan
from Thrissur
7 years ago

It's good if that's possible for you. But for me, its an impossible task to read on kindle or a tab or a laptop. For example,I like Jerome K Jerome and I've downloaded his "Idle thoughts of an Idle fellow". I think that book is not available now. I tried to read it on screen and miserably failed.

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

@Deepa - It is relavent question for all us fiction writers. We all have to stop and re-evaluate where are we heading. We all love to write stories. We will continue to write. But we need to thing whether we want to keep putting them up on blog or form some kind of group that brings out a magazine (Animesh is attempting to make such a venture) - e-magazine or paper maganzine, or by ourselves create a complilation and then self publishing, traditional publishing or e-books? We need to think about all that.

Farida Rizwan
Farida Rizwan
from Bangalore
7 years ago
I read fiction on blogs... Especially those with humorous posts.
Shesha Chaturvedi
Shesha Chaturvedi
from Delhi
7 years ago

TF. I would suggest you to start wtv venture u want to start. People who like you already would for sure read you and that will bring more audience. Though new ideas face lots of hardships but you never know when you will set a trend. Moreover, a new fiction daily seems really good. Blogposts have made so many non-readers-readers. And have given so many people who are interested in reading a decent page to follow. Lots of my friends, who had no clue what to read where to read have started reading me(though i dont write that great still) and the pages i recommend to them. They ask me where to go. Again once on hard copy, one still don't know if he/she will be read or not. I feel if you can manage a fictional, interesting read, that is neither too long nor too short, you can fetch much of an audience. Plus social netwroking sites like twitter, google+, and facebook provide extra traffic and recommendations. (I have strength in Hindi Poetry, which I do not publish much in my blog. Plus not many people read it, so i have to struggle alot) Fictions of different kinds are everybody's taste! I got increament in followers after writing a few fictions. People Like them. All the best!

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

Thanks Shesha. Your one of the very few who seems to encourage such a venture. It requires lots of effort to maintain. That is why so much thought. Other alternative is of course compiling 10-15 at a time into an e-book and selling on Kindle for 99 cents. Money is not important but you can't sell free on Kindle.

Shesha Chaturvedi
from Delhi
7 years ago

Its not bad to sell anything wherein you have put your efforts. But do you think Kindle will bring more readers to you or a specifically designed site? Moreover, you can join hands with some fellow bloggers, who have good grip on fiction. This way you will have better continuity, more variety, more topics/genere and more viewership. You can thus get some sponsors to your site to earn from it (I dont know how it goes though). Think about it and make a plan. And Go for what you think can work better. 

Micky Fernandez
Micky Fernandez
from Kolkata
7 years ago

I do not know about other people, but I know that I do not read fiction on blogs. I do not even read fiction! At times, I find this peculiar because one of the greatest books that I have ever read was Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Stefan Molyneux has some fictional books available at freedomainradio.com. I may read some of those some day.

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

@Micky - That is a different problem all together. If person does not like fiction at all, he is never part of one's market anyway. What I am trying to see is people who in fact love fiction - but not reading the same on blogs - trying to understand if medium through which it is offered is so critical for its success.

The Nameless One
The Nameless One
from Mumbai
7 years ago

Contrary to few ppl who said above, I have equal preference reading online or on talblets (I have read many novels on my cell phone! can be irritating at times but I do when I really want to)

Most ppl do prefer reading from a real book in their hands or in some cases an e-book which they get off from the internet for not wanting to buy, otherwise reading fiction from blogs is not something I would do by myself (which I and others already stated) The issue is not reading on a screen, but from random blogs.

TF Carthick
from Bangalore
7 years ago

@Aditya. So do you think instead of a random blog, if someone gets good writers together and starts a dedicated fiction website, will that find regular readers enough to generate revenues on a sustainable basis?

The Nameless One
from Mumbai
7 years ago

Yes exactly! that is well what I strongly feel

Nirati
from Mumbai
7 years ago

There is a dedicated fiction web site, although it is mainly used for long stories. Wattpad.com, in case you haven't heard of it.It has people like you and me, writing 13-14-50 chapters with a book cover and everything. A lot of the really popular books are now available as e-books and some of them even got printed! That's why on that site, you'll find some really popular book which looks interesting has like 10 pages, because after being published, it got taken off Wattpad.Anyhoo, I think that site, people use. To put fiction up and read. I use it on my droid and read the stories.But if you go to check how many people read fictional blogs, as opposed to fiction readers, the  number is sadly very small. :/  

Meoww
Meoww
from Seoul
7 years ago

According to me, it is not convenient to read long stories on the computer. I do read books on the cellphone to kill time. But the kindle version or the book itself is my most preferred read. I dont mind reading really short stories from the blog, especially when i trust the blogger to give me a good time :)

I have read a lot of fiction books which are free (from Amazon). I have also noticed that people who release their book free on Amazon, usually write a series with 2 or 3 books following the first one, which probably will not be free. There are some books which are free for some period of time only.

That is what I am trying to get an idea of the opinion to see if there is a market - In case if a site like story in pieces is created where everyday a good story comes up, will there be regular readers to make it sustainable?

I will read any good fiction in my preferred device when i trust the author. So, i would suggest you start broadcasting your fiction, gain trust and loyal followers who will follow into the site also. Social media, FB groups would be helpful here. I would really encourage you to upload a e-book version because it is real hard to enjoy a book on the laptop.

Good Luck!

Micky Fernandez
Micky Fernandez
from Kolkata
7 years ago

To The Fool:

I do not think that the medium through which fiction is offered is critical for its success. I read non-fictional blogs--because I prefer informative and factual information. I prefer non-fiction because of those stated reasons, so I can benefit from non-fiction regardless of whether it is on a blog or on the computer, or on television, on in a newspaper, or in a book, or on a CD/DVD/audiocassette, or other medium.  Those who prefer fiction do so for issues irrelevant of its medium: perhaps they prefer to be entertained, or perhaps the character(s) is/are interesting to them. There was a time when fiction was not even available in the books of today; there was a time when stories were told to one person to another, and that is even how it passed from one generation to the next. (Has no one heard of The Mahabharata?)

If someone likes fiction, but likes it only in a certain format, then that person is not using his/her thought processes to their logical conclusion, and is not being consistent with his/her own beliefs.

Vysakh Jayakrishnan
from Thrissur
7 years ago

Hi Micky,

I beg to disagree with you. Mahabharatha was born when it was written. It was written down by Ganapathy when Vyasa recited it to him. From then onwards people read it. On leaves and now on paper.

Medium is important. Even quality of paper is important when it comes to good books. I hate reading bad quality print of classic novels. Since they are free of copyright, every publisher publish it. Some are printed on very bad quality paper. You might be knowing this.

Sriram R
Sriram R
from Mumbai
7 years ago

I believe there are two routes that I could probably explore but each one is for a different purpose.

The problem today is getting self-published is easy but selling a book is not as simple because bigger publishing houses invest in publicity and that helps sell more books.

If one looks at well known authors, the idea is to keep the readership engaged through various means online and offline and this is where blogs oe Twitter come into the picture. The day they have a book being released that is when they can tap into the readership and be able to get the mileage and leverage in selling their books.

Also today the books have to cater to all formats from a hardcopy to soft versions on Amazon for laptops and tablets.

To answer the question if one reads fiction on blogs, personally I do read and if a person comes out with engaging content and then I would go out and by his or her book to be able to see the difference and the more difference in the content then the better it is.

As for people copying the content, that is not going to stop but a smart person is one who writes engagin content but is able to end the stories in unconventional manner and be original because the best defense is usually to be able to tell the story with different endings and each one with a twist :).

 

mahesh
mahesh
from chennai
7 years ago

Short stories or a novel in episodes would definitely read Smile

 

Micky Fernandez
Micky Fernandez
from Kolkata
7 years ago

I beg to disagree with you. Mahabharatha was born when it was written. It was written down by Ganapathy when Vyasa recited it to him. From then onwards people read it. On leaves and now on paper.

You may or may not be correct. However--unless I see evidence to the contrary--it is my strong belief that The Mahabharata is a collection of very ancient stories that were told orally from one person to another and from one generation to another until a human wrote it on some medium. The events related in The Iliad and The Odyssey occurred about 400 years before the time of Homer, so those stories were most definitely oral in origin. The oldest written story, The Epic of Gilgamesh was most likely oral in origin. And of course the Biblical story of the Flood was most definitely oral in origin.

I hate reading bad quality print of classic novels. 

That is just a personal mannerism; it does not detract from objective qualities. Moreover, do you really hate reading bad quality print of classic novels? Do you prefer to drink bad milk out of a beautiful bottle, or to drink good milk out of an ugly bottle?

Vysakh Jayakrishnan
from Thrissur
7 years ago

Mahabharata IS the work of Vyasa. It contains more than a lack shlokas. Not easy to memorise! Now the question is how you want to know about it. You have these choices.

1) To read it on paper.

2) Read it on your tab.

3) Hear it from your teacher.

For me, I do not want to read it on a tab. I want to read it on paper.

Hearing from a teacher is good as far as its learning aspect is considered. But taking its artistic aspect, I want to explore it myself.


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