My chapter views are like a sine wave, the buildup/worldbuilding chapters getting way fewer views than the ones with more plot. Does this happen to anyone else? This is for Earth's Advocates, by the way.
I've had some crazy fluctuations in my chapter views too- quite inconsistent in how they differ. This has come up a few times in the past in the forums, so I would say it was normal.
It's hard to say why..... could be for a bizillion reasons. 🤷♂️
I think some of my readers might be impatient and want to skip to the juicy plot instead of world building or character development. But that's why I have all 3 of those things, so it has a little bit of something for everyone. ("9.6/10" -IGN)
Vnator Wrote: I think some of my readers might be impatient and want to skip to the juicy plot instead of world building or character development
Maybe, but then, I wouldn't be sure how that would be possible. I mean, ok I suppose your chapter titles do slightly give a hint as to what it could be about, therefore giving readers an idea of what they might want to skip to, but then I don't think that can be quite the reason why it's occurring. Do you know what I'm saying? Like, I'm looking at your list of chapters and I still don't know enough about the chapter to outright skip/dismiss reading it. I'd have to read it first. And you don't tease what's coming in the next chapter, so people aren't going to think "Oh, I'll miss that one."
It's definitely a weird one though.
This sounds more like seeing a pattern that isn't there. Views are notoriously fickle. Heck, if there's just a few extra replies to others comments, you could be bumping your views up and people jump back to the chapters to see the reply.
I'm seeing something similar as well. Maybe more people clicked certain chapters when they were on "Latest Updates." That way, they are directed to a specific chapter, and may either back track, or just read that chapter. Another thing is that I don't think the views metric can take into account actually finishing the chapter.
The biggest variation I've seen is the interval between posting, especially when two chapters are posted at the same time. People reload the last chapter multiple times for a lot of reasons:
1. To remind themselves of what happened last, before they get started on the new chapter.
2. To make sure they actually finished the last chapter, before starting on the new one.
3. To see if a new chapter has been posted (i.e., just leaving the most recent chapter open rather than bookmarking or following the story).
4. Rebooting their web browser after opening a chapter, but before they've gotten around to reading it.
The longer a chapter remains as the most recent chapter, the more its views will be artificially inflated due to these effects. If you post two chapters at once, the first will never be the most recent chapter, so it'll never be affected by #1, #2, or #3 (it'll be affected by #4, but I think that one happens less than the others).
I haven't read your fictions, but I think it's to be expected that worldbuilding chapters will get fewer reads than plot-heavy chapters. Many people are reluctant to read worldbuilding-heavy chapters because they're not invested in the story enough to spend that much time reading about the setting, and they prefer action and character information to exposition. People might also re-read or refresh extremely plot-heavy chapters more often because they need to digest what's going on before they continue. As long as you aren't seeing an overall decline in reads or getting negative feedback that indicates the quality is slipping, I wouldn't worry too much about it—some level of variation seems normal to me.
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