This style of blogging is slowly increasing in popularity. Blog fiction is a form of fiction writing via weblogs. It appears either as a serialized story or a journal by a fictitious person(s) with formats varying. Serialized publication of fiction isn’t exactly a new concept. In the eighteenth century, there existed the practice of pamphleteering and writers such as Henry James, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens published some of their fiction works in short installments.
I started Finding Me in 2006. While blog surfing via Blog Explosion, I came across several blogs from a blog platform called Nutang. It’s an invite-only, close blogging community that also pays you $.001 per visitor. I figured it would be the perfect place for trying out my blog fiction. I chose to write as a fictitious teenager named Samantha.
I’ve put the poor girl through a school shooting, attempted murder via an ex-boyfriend, her best friend shipped off to a maternity home, her parents splitting up and getting kicked out of her house. I don’t hide the fact that it is fiction, but still managed to fool people in to thinking it’s real somehow. Some writers respond to reader comments. I do too, sometimes, in a later post, but not in the comment section. Having a fiction blog hasn’t hindered my writing, and I think it’s fun to do. If anything, it displays my writing talent.
Do you have a blog fiction site? If not, have you ever thought about starting one? Why or why not?