Lately, I’ve seen a lot of people have been trying to come up with new web activities. Whether in hopes of create a following, gaining more personal exposure and branding, experimenting, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with existing technology we have at our disposal, or whatever the case may be.
Something simple, but widely accepted. Like podcasting, a simple application of RSS technology to deliver music or any type of audio recording.
Some of the latest I’ve heard of is Sketchcasting, Bobcasting, and then there’s other favorites like MicroBlogging, mobBlogging, Live Blogging, and perhaps even more I don’t know about or can’t think of at the moment.
Anyways, I’ve thought of something, which I don’t think has been done yet. Storyblogging.
Since the recent crazy success of the last book in the Harry Potter series, and connecting the dots with the success some people have experienced with converting there blog into a published book, I thought why not write a blog for the specific goal of publishing the combined posts as a novel.
Let me expand a little.
There’s been other novel writing experiments, such as collaborative writing, even where stories are written sentence by sentence each by different people. These have had limited success, or at least there’s been no big success stories I’ve heard of.
Also, there are tons of flourishing fan-fiction and writing communities which allow people to write stories and receive critical feedback, so they can hone their craft. These work well, but I feel blogging has a unique perspective to offer these writing communities.
Storyblogging differs from these communities in that your posts are not submitted and reviewed chapter by chapter, as most of these writing communities work. You would post your story scene by scene, and you would have all the web 2.0 goodies available to blogs. People can subscribe and follow your story and comment along the way, allowing you to respond, adapt and grow your story as you go.
Another way Storyblogging would work is without a definite ending. The same way some cartoons follow a distinct story line day by day, or the same as television soapies.
Now, normally the person who comes up with the idea would submit him/herself as a test case, but in this case I don’t think I’m the best person to try it out, perhaps those of you reading this could spread the word until someone would be courages enough to try it out and we could see if it works out. I promise I’ll be your first subscriber.