I was looking through the Google Search Console to see if I could find some keywords that could boost the traffic to these forums. I found some stuff people are searching for when they click on my website and I thought I’d drop them here to see if there are any volunteers to help me?
My reasoning behind this comes in many forms:
I think we’re scaring off people who like Episode at the moment. While I love that we can freely and openly discuss what we dislike about Episode, I don’t want this to become a hate fest for Episode. Like @fcukforcookies said in her Positivity Thread, there’s so much ranting, but not a lot of love! Let’s even the playing field a little.
It’s a great community activity. We can all join in and recommend the stories we love!
It’s free advertisement for the forums. If this is what people are searching for, this is what we can give them!
ShanniiWrites is all about giving people resources! That was the reason I started the main website, and I want to continue that ethos into the forums, too!
Support authors who deserve it. If the stories are good, we wanna celebrate them! It doesn’t matter if you have 10 reads or 10,000,000! We love good stories!
So, if there are any of the following threads that appeal to you, please feel free to comment below saying you’d be happy to volunteer!
Please good quality stories, only. That means good directing and writing skills. I know a lot of people love to recommend their friends or their own stories, but I need to make sure the quality stays up so that people trust and respect our recommendations.
Please also do not recommend your own stories. We have a section for self-promotion! But this one is about helping other authors. I can see who edited what, so I wouldn’t bother trying!
Good Episode Stories Without Gem Choices
I was thinking of starting a wiki thread (a post that everyone can edit and add to) full of good stories from every genre that don’t contain gem choices. We have come up in searches for this 132 times in the past month, so I think this would be a great way to start! I’ll be setting up the thread, so don’t worry, but I’d love to know if I have any volunteers to maintain it with me?
Episode Stories Where Choices Matter
I have, like, one or two recommendations for this, but I don’t actually know many. We turned up in 37 searches on this topic, so clearly people are looking for it! Basically, any stories where your choices have an impact on the ending (Maternal Instincts and The Infected spring to mind) are a must for this section.
Episode Stories With Good Diversity
I look for it. I know @PensiveShadow is looking for it. This one turned up 29 times, so it’s another good one to look into! If you know of any stories with good diversity, we’re looking for them!
LGBTQ Episode Stories
I guess this is going to end up being like a shelf! I’m going to specify the rules for this one in the post itself, but the premise is that the story has to have an LGBTQ main character (I don’t care who wrote it). Having a same-sex love interest choice does count, but only if it’s established throughout the story that the same-sex love interest is just as likely to end up with the MC and it isn’t just tacked on at the end of the story.
Stories With Male Protagonists
We don’t see enough of these! I love stories with male protagonists, personally! Off the top of my head, One of the Girls is the first one I think of. I’m sure there are many others out there.
Stories about MCs with Health Problems or Disabilities
This can be mental or physical. We just wanna see our disabled friends represented! Plus, also stories that (respectfully) feature illness in some way or another. These stories aren’t really touched upon as much, so it would be nice for us to find some rare gems here and there.
So what do you think? As well as doing the User of the Month nominations and prizes, this is going to be my priority for the next week, with the help of the @ForumStaff. Please share your thoughts below!
I might do one for Wattpad if this works out well.
I’m focussing on the first 3 mainly, but I’ll only add them once I know people are interested in contributing