PuffBunny Wrote: Think of it like, if you had 100 chapters, it wound up being 8 to 12 short, complete adventures between all those chapters. Does this make any sense? Do you think it could work well?
If you're talking multiple story arcs featuring the same characters, it works fine. Other web novels already use the arc/episode format to organize their series. It gives you distinct spots to start and end a storyline, and allows you to have a graceful exit if you decide you don't want to continue. You mention you haven't seen this format, so as an example, I'd suggest taking a look at Jim Zoeteway's Legion of Nothing.
However, if you're talking about completely distinct stories with separate characters, you'll have less luck with that. Some people will read collections of short stories, but ... you draw new readers in with the first story, and then if they don't like the characters in the second story, you'll lose them. It doesn't hurt to try, but it'll be harder to build a reader base.
I think, ultimately, the longer serialized content works best because if keeps readers from having a "jumping off point".
If its the same protagonist(s), you can write a longer form web novel with indistinct story arcs that mirror your episodic formats. You can even work this to your advantage by teasing the next arc/episode at the conclusion of another.
Of course, you don't have to use a longer web novel format. I'm writing a web novella to get my feet wet with writing. If that's your only goal, write however feels natural.