What Makes A Writing Site Good Or Not?

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What makes a site like Booksie great or terrible? What makes you like Booksie and what frustrates you about it?


Submitted: October 26, 2010

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Desiree Scarlett

Booksie gives you more reviews. Whether you're bombarding it on ppl's pages or not. Yet that clearly cannot go now, bc the comment button is on under construction. More or less, it's broken. But other then that, booksie is better... kinda :/

Tue, October 26th, 2010 9:48pm

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Thanks for commenting, I like the amount of comments you can get as well.

~Kilo

Wed, October 27th, 2010 5:50am

Vengie

I like that Booksie allows you to post pictures, which some other sites I've encountered don't.

I like that it is free, unlike the New Big Writer (Is that what it is called?).

I don't like all the tech problems, but hey, like I said, It is free. I'm not going to bitch about a free service that I'm pretty happy with too much

Tue, October 26th, 2010 10:36pm

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Yeah, being able to post picture with your work is really great, I know I judge books by their cover but hey, I'm a visual person. And who doesn't like something that's free? Thanks for your opinion. :)

~Kilo

Wed, October 27th, 2010 5:52am

Susan Vallante

You know my biggest problem is just getting the damn site to work. But I wish there was a better way to get your writing out there besides spamming people, that's one of my things...

Thu, October 28th, 2010 5:48pm

UnderxYourxSpell

Interesting topic, Kilo! Personally, I like the large number of people on the site; that way, you're never short of things to read or of people to read your work. The thing I also like about Booksie is the commenting system. It's easy to leave comments on a Booksier's profile or on each chapter/piece they post, and the fact that the writer can reply directly to the comments is, in my opinion, one of the defining features of the site. I've been on lots of other writing sites before, but none of them had that feature.

As for what I don't like about the site, it has to be its editing functions and Featured Section. It's very difficult to add tabs into your stories, bold and italics often disappear when you're editing, many of the icons on the toolbar don't work (or they do, but the effects disappear when you go on 'save changes', and often sentences you add to your novel/profile end up being moved to the bottom of the page for some obscure reason. These are technical issues that the Booksie creators need to address.

Then there's the Featured Section. I like the principle – the most popular pieces can have some time in the spotlight – but the problem is that the same pieces are on the homepage week after week after week. Is it me, or has Crazy Cullen Sex Talk been on the Featured Section for the past 18 months? That's how long I've been on Booksie, it was on the homepage when I joined, and it's still on now. Everyone's opinions vary, and just because I don't like said 'book' doesn't mean others don't either, but I think it's just wrong to allow *any* piece to stay on the homepage that long. It prevents other works from having their time in the spotlight. The system itself is fatally flawed; there's a bias in how they calculate the results. People who are on the Featured Section are more likely to get views, comments and 'Like It's than the people who aren't, and therefore they're likely to remain on the Featured Section.

On another writing site I'm considering joining, Authonomy.com, there's something similar to the Featured Section on Booksie, but it's far fairer. To calculate a book's rank, they look at how many people are recommending a book by adding it as a favourite to their 'bookshelves' and how long said favourites remain on the 'bookshelves'. (There can only be 5 novels added to this bookshelf, so it means only the best get onto it.) They also look at the average star rating out of 6 given to a book by the members of the community. I think Booksie should try doing something like that.

Well, that's my opinion on the matter! As I said, interesting topic! ^__^

Fri, December 31st, 2010 6:25am

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Jeez, I haven't read it yet but I love the size of your comment Spell. Yes, agree with all you have to say. If Booksie didn't have so many commenting difficulties it would be a much better, awesome instead of great. All sites have technical difficulty sometimes I'm sure but the constant irritation of having it not work - I'm talking about not only the problem you mentioned about editing but just signing in or going to another page - would get to anyone after a while. I've noticed that Crazy Cullen Sex Talk has been up here for a while, never thought it was that long though! Hm, I'll have to check this other site out. If you do end up switching over I'd love to get your username because I don't want to lose your stories Spell! Thanks for commenting your opinion, mine is the same but it's nice that I have my thoughts in writing - I just couldn't get mine down.

~Kilo

Sun, January 2nd, 2011 11:38am

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