Firstly, I sincerely hope this is the right place to post, and formatting. If it isn’t, sorry!
For the last few months now, I’ve noticed that a lot of the announcement posts, particularly asset releases, have been met with mixed emotions. Now, I’m not at all saying that people don’t have a right to express when they’re disappointed or hoping for something different—believe me, I’m the first to hop up and down when something happens (or doesn’t happen) that I disagree with (except in my personal case, I’m acting entitled). It’s more that I’ve noticed, at least for me, that it’s easy to only see one perspective (mine as a writer).
It got me thinking, though, that as writers (and readers), we put a lot of effort and time into our stories coding, requesting/making art, writing, promoting, etc (or in the case of readers, time and gems, etc) that a lot of the time we feel it isn’t rewarded. At the same time, though, it is easy to forget that the same amount of work is put into Episode (like creating assets, approving overlays/ backgrounds, coming up with new tools that don’t always get the desired response).
My proposal, for anyone who is interested, is for people to submit articles that are along the lines of ‘a day in the life’. In these articles, a writer or reader would post their typical day involving their story/ reading, to give a perspective to the Episode team on just what each individual pours into their stories. Similarly, I’d also love to see the same from Episode team members, so that we can appreciate what they do beyond the surface of what we see. For example, with overlay/background approvals, all we get are the approved/ rejected emails, but, unless I’ve missed it, don’t see the person/ people behind the screen or just how many they have to do. Do they have a target they have to meet each hour/day? Do they have a checklist they have to follow? Do they have to confer with someone else before they can okay it, where that person may be busy doing other Episode work. For outfit creators, where do they draw their inspiration and just how do they manage to code them so that they fit characters and their animations? Does each outfit have to be done individually, or has some amazing template been made that could one day be available to writers? (These aren’t the best examples at all, but the first that pops into my head.)
I think it may help people (at least, the me’s on here) who may or may not forget everyone has to put in effort, no matter which side of the app you stand on, to get a better appreciation of the work that’s put in—sort of to humanise everyone when it’s so easy to forget people can be hurt by comments made. More so, it would help my curiosity as to how things work, given this is the most coding (writing my stories) I’ve ever done, and that’s with templates and a platform already made available :’)
If you are interested, please do drop your thoughts below, and/or even a summary of how long you spend on your story/ reading. I’ll post mine later, too.
TLDR: Would you like to participate and/or see a ‘day in the life’ type post (on here, or maybe even on Episode’s official Instagram if they approve the idea), that showcases the effort readers, writers, and Episode staff put in on a regular day?