I watched Swell Entertainment Amanda’s review of Wattcon.
I knew what her review was going to be like XD I’ve been watching her videos. Amanda was a reader on Wattpad but not a constant reader. She was an outsider, basically.
Anyway, she had some questions about why post online and not just keep it to yourself, so that got me thinking: Why post writing online?
My reasons, if you'd like to read it
My reason initially on Figment was to share my writing with people and to make writer friends. Maybe learn from more experienced writers, too. On Wattpad, it’s that and to get praise and feel good. That’s the honest truth.
Another reason is to get feedback from writers and sometimes readers. Especially if you want to grow and you have no one else to show your writing to, posting online where you can get comments is a great thing to do.
So, why post writing on Wattpad? You might not be surprised how many people on Instagram dislike Wattpad. Wattpad to this day is seen as the awful fanfiction sight and graveyard of books that never get updated and remain incomplete. So many people would go as far as saying you shouldn’t post on Wattpad.
I honestly don’t know what they’ve been looking at I sometimes see fanfic, but I see plenty, plenty, plen-ty books that are completed and awesome.
For me, I like the layout, the inline comments, how it’s relatively easy to use, and I like the votes and the read count. I like that orange. I also like how very little spam there is because oh my gosh, the last two years of Figment was such a darn struggle. That’s why. Is it a good reason? Idk. But it’s my reason
Anyway, questions for you.
Do you post your writing online? If so, where? Why did you choose that platform?
If you do share snippets on Instagram or Twitter, why do you do that? What is your goal? What do you hope to get out of it?
Why post online anyway? What are the pros and cons for you, personally?
I post to make a little money. I’ve only posted at two places: Amazon and Wattpad. Wattpad is still the largest, most popular reading site, so big that Amazon created Kindle Vella to compete with their paid stories. I think every writer should have a presence on Wattpad. A lot of famous ones do, as you know – Margaret Atwood, R.L. Stine, etc. If nothing else, it provides a place where potential readers can read your work and decide whether they want to check out your paid books without having to get Prime or Kindle Unlimited. ¯\_(ﭢ)_/¯
You can post anywhere online and if you hit right you’ll probably get some of that. But Wattpad in particular is huge, there’s more potential. If i do the same amount of work and attract the same amount of interest on a smaller site and on wattpad, it means more on wattpad because that interest will stimulate more interest and so on, whereas on the smaller site eventually there just stops being readers you haven’t reached already.
also i’m elderly and stuck in my wattpad posting ways. i at least know where to go to get some cursary reviews/critiques on there.
Mainly because thats where my audience lies. I’m a contemporary romance writer, but I’m also a little niche in that, so while my main audience (romance) is Wattpad, my writing style isn’t wattpad, but it’s the best I can do so here we are.
I post on Radish and Wattpad, and Radish is good for me as well, but the feedback/community aspect of Wattpad is mainly what keeps me there, so I book club on Wattpad and find my community there, then post some books on Radish (mainly my, uh, more mature work)
I haven’t posted any writing related stuff online in years it feels like. I guess it is a crazy mixture of fear/nervous/impatience, finding a good online writing site better than Wattpad, and wanting it to be perfect and polished.
For me, it started out as a high school dare. Then my stories actually got attention so I kept going. Then the wattpad forums closed down, I lost all my readers except maybe 5 people, and stopped getting any really good and useful feedback on what people thought about the stories. It was a good way to get into the minds of the readers and see their takes on things. Now I just keep going because everything else is here.
I love stories. Though I should read more books (which I am working on), I consume them in movies and TV and games. I dream to one day publish my works and adapt them. Even if I don’t get to that part, I like the recognition I can get from Wattpad.
I post on Wattpad, because that became the place to be about 10+ years ago when I started this online writing gig and most other platforms (Quizilla, Figment, m…something?) fizzled out. It’s also the only major free-to-use platform that’s not heavily specialised at the moment. Inkitt and Tapas have very strong, very popular niches, I feel like. Wattpad is a bit more varied, though pretty hard to get discovered on.
I don’t do social media for my writing and I stand by my initial assessment that I post online for the attention and the validation That’s what I honestly miss the most. Improvement has just happened along the way after all this time and tbf the better you are, the nicer the attention you can get