While we do not need badges, we have heard a lot of enthusiasm for them over the last couple of weeks, and the wait is officially over. The observant visitor will surely have noticed by now an additional menu item across the top navigation bar labeled, oddly enough, “Badges.” This mouse-over menu drops down to the “I Write #FridayFlash” option. Once clicked, the sub-link will take you to a page with the badge, the explanation of the badge, instructions (very hastily written with some code) for adding the badge, and the beginnings of the list of authors that in fact will use the badge. Currently, it is blank.
For the time being, please add a comment on the Writing badge to get moved onto the list. We need your name, genres, and main web page link. I will go through and manually add them via techno-magic in a nice table. Eventually, we will add some sort of back end stuff to do most of it slightly more automatically, but this will suffice in the mean time.
Some may wonder why I would be asking for genres at this stage in the badge experiment, and the reasoning is simple. The entire purpose of the badges is to make finding stories easier for readers. Having genres on the table will give readers some direction initially, providing additional benefit to authors of specific genres. Also, this will make it easier to find, contact, and share the genre specific badges, if the experiment goes swimmingly. Further, I can eventually alter the I Write page’s table to have links for those genres that go to the genre specific badge page. From there, readers could navigate to stories they prefer.
Criticize Me Project
Thus, badge stuff is underway, and I move onto next project. The Criticize Me Project. We have seen a few people sign up already for it, but given the number of people that asked for it, I expected more requests. If you missed any earlier instructions, here’s the detailed run down.
If you have not registered here at FFDO, please do so now. Click the link up at the top that says “Sign Up.” Fill out the bits of information and get yourself an account. To participate in the Criticize Me group, you must be registered. Anonymous critiques will not be allowed in this group. This is a members-only area, and as such, your first publication rights to anything you post there will not be infringed.
After registering, make sure you are logged in. On the main page of FFDO, if at the top, it does not say “Log In,” then you are already logged in. If it says “Log In,” click it. Enter your user name and password and click “Log In.”
Once logged in, click the “Groups” option on the top navigation bar.
This takes you to the Groups Directory, where if you look through the list, you will find the “Criticize Me” group. Straight to the right of that group name should be a rounded button labeled “Request Membership.” If you click that button, the first available FFDO staff person to notice will take care of the request. Please allow up to 24 hours for this, but it should not take more than eight in most cases.
Once your membership is approved, go back to the Groups Directory and click the “Criticize Me” group name. That will take you to that group’s Home Page. Just below the group description, you should see several tabs, one of which is labeled “Forum.” When you click that tab, you will be taken to the “Criticize Me” group forum. From there, you can post, read, comment, and discuss everything about critiques of yours or other authors’ works to your heart’s content. Hopefully that clears up some of the mystery behind utilizing that group, and I look forward to reading some good stuff in there.
Question of the Week:
In a comment, answer the following question, “If you could make anything to assist other writers, what would it be and why?” Please, try to keep answers here shorter than 250 words. But if this question inspires you to write a full flash fiction story for #FridayFlash, be sure to share that here as well.
~ E. D. Johnson