Community exists here, though we may find its voice sometimes hard to come by. NQOKD receives over 150 views per day (still growing), but comments are few and far between, resulting from perhaps 1% of views.
However, I realize that as readers, you may find this content difficult to respond to immediately, and based on the law of reader response (which I’m totally making up), if readers don’t respond immediately, they probably won’t respond at all.
I’ve tried to tamper with these stats by directly asking questions, posting obviously controversial material, and simply asking for responses. I think these attempts have, overall, dampened user feedback rather than encouraged it.
In the spirit of community, in the spirit of my last guest-author post, and even in the spirit of artistic collaboration, let me present you with my newest idea:
Further, I stumbled upon Lydia William’s blog (rather, she contacted me on Twitter and asked me to look at it directly) and spotted her little contest where she challenged user submissions to contest for a copy of Writing Down the Bones.
I’m not offering a book, but I am offering a chance at a literary salon.
This week’s theme: Kitchen!
Write any story that involves a kitchen somehow, someway. The rules are very loose, but the theme is not. ;-p
The only right I assume from you posting a comment is that I am able to host your work on this blog for non-commercial purposes with attribution. You keep all other rights.
I do have plans to attempt to monetize this site once the boulder rolls a little further down hill, but at this point there are NO ASSUMPTIONS OF COMMERCIAL RIGHTS. I will contact authors on an individual basis for any and all commercial purposes.
Make the entries as short or as long as you want, and any genre is fair game: fiction, non-, and poetry. Publish in comments stories, no matter how polished or raw, according to the game of the week. If I like your story, I’ll contact you and ask for permission to remix your work, which I’ll post with the next week’s contest.
You have one week to submit your story, and please, please do. I don’t want this site to be my literary masturbation. Join me, and perhaps get some free editing and mentoring along the way!
(Yes, it’s true, I thought about starting a Twitter channel #NQOKD with the same purpose, but I decided that I liked it better here. I also started out with the theme portmanteaus, which I think might’ve been a little intense for a start, lolz. It’s also true that @CNFOnline is using them to inspire a community on Twitter. This is a follow-through of the idea as I presented it to them, and I won’t grudge them if they don’t grudge me.)