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Nov. 8th, 2012

Nano 2012
A Question for the Committee

Here's a question for those of you who post fic on AO3: What is a reasonable Hits to Kudos ratio? If say, 95% of your hits don't leave kudos should you assume that nobody likes it? Or is 5% a pretty good number? What's average? Or do you even worry about the ratio? How can you tell if you're winning?

Update on the NaNo Front

I've managed to be at or slightly above the word count goal every day so far. ::knocks wood:: I am hoping to keep that up (or maybe get ahead) because I know that there are going to be some serious interruptions before all is said and done (and by "serious interruptions" I mean "cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 18+ people" and "my best friend is having a baby and I'm one of her birthing coaches.") So, yeah -- ahead would be good, although so far I've just pretty much been managing "not behind."

I posted one the things I wrote this month night before last (this is not unrelated to the AO3 Kudos/Hits question above.)

Marvel Avengers Movie Universe/Captain America: The First Avengers "Can't Get Warm." Rated Teen. 1358 words. Bucky wakes up cold on a table in a German camp, and he can't get warm. Events in Captain America: The First Avenger from Bucky's POV.

DVD Commentary Meme

I have the DVD Commentary Meme on offer here. I had fun doing inline commentary for "The Lost Boys." Come play with me!

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shadoedseptmbr
Nov. 9th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
It depends on the fandom and the pairing, I think. I have one fandom where if I get one kudos per twenty (or thirty, dep. on pair) hits, I figure I'm okay. And even the bnf's don't do much better. Avengers fans seem to be a little more generous. And I've noticed gen gets very little love at all, pretty much across the board.

Edited at 2012-11-09 01:25 am (UTC)
kadollan
Nov. 9th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
And of course gen is pretty much all I write, alas, etc.

I'm still at the "200 people have maybe looked at something I wrote, that makes me famous!" stage of the game.

I'm kind of trying to get a gauge of what "normal" is...or if there is such a thing as normal. I bet there isn't!
tn_tiger
Nov. 9th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm glad you asked that question, because it has been troubling me myself! I know it's not something to get worked up over, but it's ghiman nature to make that calculation.
kadollan
Nov. 9th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
I did some math (because I'm that way) and my two Avengers universe stories have about a 7% hits/kudos rate. Of course I have no idea what (if anything) that means.
lar_laughs
Nov. 10th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
7% is about par for the course on my Avengers fics, too. One of my fics is at 9% still but it's been recced twice so I figure it's had more coverage.

At AO3, some fandoms don't work well, at all. It seems to be only the newest, shiniest fandoms that get read. I have to wonder if there are some readers who don't realize that kudos are a big thing. Like we should put something in our Author's Notes or something.
kadollan
Nov. 10th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Like we should put something in our Author's Notes or something.

That's clever that is. It'd have to be worded carefully, so it doesn't come across the wrong way... ::ponders::
lar_laughs
Nov. 10th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Exactly! If it comes across as whining, people will be turned off and won't read at all. There needs to be some graphic or something that people can use. Like something that you get from a organization that says, "I stand with this organization" every time it's used. That isn't explaining it well but something that isn't PERSONAL but widespread. That says something like KUDOS ARE LOVE or something like that.

I do know people that will click on something but be turned off by the tags and so won't read. It makes me continually worried about tagging correctly and accurately. I've also closed the window if an author begs in the author's notes or if I don't like them in some way.

Basically, AO3 and the kudo system make me a wreck of nerves! I love it there but they drive me nots!
kadollan
Nov. 10th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
! If it comes across as whining, people will be turned off and won't read at all.

That's exactly what I was thinking.

KUDOS are LOVE! (We should form some sort of Public Awareness Campaigns and do PSAs.
lar_laughs
Nov. 11th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
A facebook page. Everyone has a facebook page these days.

Seriously, though. It shouldn't be too hard to set up something in the social media sites (LJ, DW, Facebook, Tumblr, etc) that pushes people to display a banner on their header or before their stories. There could be different banners for all the different sites and their particularities.

The hard part would be to get it spread out enough that it's useful. And now I'm thinking again. Aster's going to kill me for hatching up another scheme. *pouts*
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