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I proposed a site called Books and Writing, but it has very few followers compared to other ones.

I'd like some feedback about it

  • Is it that very few people are interested on books and the art of writing?
  • Is it because its purpose is not clear?
  • Is the audience incorrect?

I guess it's lack of interest, but I thought it could spark some in most people.

EDIT: I chose to drop the books part and focus only on writing, if nothing else, at least now the audience is clearer. Let's see what happens when traffic increases.

EDIT 2: We only need 2 on-topic questions to move to commitment, so please try to redistribute your votes and vote on the most voted questions to try to achieve the threshold (or if your aren't following it, you can also take a look at it and vote on the questions as you see fit)

LAST EDIT (I promise): Writing is now on commitment phase, commit at your local store today!

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Dropping "books" was a good idea. –  David Thornley Jul 2 '10 at 20:58

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I think the challenge is that you wind up in the middle of a 3-way venn diagram. alt text

(My answer is obviously awesome because I included a picture, even though I know that everyone reading this knows what a Venn diagram is.)

Okay, seriously:

  • Everyone who isn't interested in serious writing is taken out of your target audience. (Compare that to people who don't want to take better pictures, be better cooks, waste more time on Facebook, etc.)
  • Of those folks seriously interested in writing, they have to also be connected enough to programmers or their friends to have found their way to Area51 (my uninformed guess is that it's still roughly 80% Trilogy people, although that will change over time, especially as betas start going public in non-techie topics).
  • Of the now kinda small "serious-writer-programmer-buddy" universe, the users have to think they have a lot of writing questions that they want answered, and that can be answered by their peers.

I like the idea, and hope it takes off, but even if you get to the third point, I think a lot of potential users will struggle to instantly think of a question they'd ask their fellow writers. There are good ones, as indicated by the examples, but they're not as readily apparent as, "I could have totally used this that time that I couldn't figure out how to make my twitter client instantly notify me every time I post something on my Facebook wall, so I can keep up with what I'm doing in real time!"

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+1, nice answer –  jmfsg Jul 2 '10 at 14:41

I like it as an enthusiast reader, amateur typographer, and informal grammarian.

Interest: I don't think it's lack of interest (give it time), but possibly lack of interest from the normal Meta crowd. Getting more non-SO people involved in AFO in general will help.

Purpose & Audience: The purpose is several different ones intermingled (as I understand things now), but that's not necessarily a bad thing. For example, web-dev and desktop apps coexist beneficially to both on SO. Also see my comment on my GRRM question: Trying to determine to what extent book reviews and analyses of plot/storyline/technique are allowed.

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I got wordpress users and developers to go help with the Wordpress proposal, and that is how it took off so fast. –  Arlen Beiler Jun 2 '10 at 21:18

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