Putting my money where my mouth is.
I thought I’d step up and put one of my own stories on MacGuffin. After all, how can I expect other people to use something that I created (with a lot of help), but don’t use myself?
The story is very conspicuously divided into separate sections, rather like the Cory Doctorow story discussed in my previous post, and I’ll be studying the MacGuffin analytics to see whether readers drop out at these points, as they do in Doctorow’s story. There’s even a section, about a 3rd of the way through, where I explicitly invite readers to stop reading (or listening, in the audio), and to instead think their own thoughts. It’ll be interesting to see whether they obey me, or whether some kind of reverse psychology comes into play.
It’s only had 18 reads and 3 listens so far, so the analytics data is pretty meaningless, but for what it’s worth, here’s the drop-out graph.
Funny how more people immediately bail from the text than the audio.
Anyway, I’ve learned that, yes, it’s pretty addictive to check your analytics. All my reads and listens seem to be in the north west at the moment. I guess people in the south just aren’t ready for me yet. Yeah, that’ll be it.