Should we? No. This platform is not dependable on having every author update regularly. Whether someone updates often or whether they discontinue a story, Episode will still thrive. It’s not like we’re writing books/novels that are going to print, nor is it like we’re creating a TV series. So expecting someone to publish a new episode each week as if it is a TV show is quite unrealistic.
I think it’s easy for readers to look at a story and assume that we should though, and tbh, I don’t blame them for thinking that way either. Certain authors and even Episode themselves have kinda made it seem like it should be easy to do. And how are readers to know how much time and planning goes into those particular stories? I know when I first started writing here, I thought I’d be able to update at least weekly, if not more. In fact, I still try to convince myself that I’m capable of updating consistently. Lol.
To share some of my own experience, I used to be a very consistent batch updater. I would update 3 or 4 episodes at one time, then I wouldn’t publish anything for 1-2 months. However, the when-will-you-update-? questions did start to put a lot of pressure on me. I still wanted to do batch updates, but external events were making it that I would now be taking 3-4 months to do a batch update, and it was hard for me because so many people were asking me every day and I just… I didn’t have an answer to give them. Even saying things like “I’m hoping to update sometime this month” was dangerous, because they would take that as bible. But saying “I don’t know” was just as bad because then the same people would come back a few days later asking “do you know now when you will update?” So then I did switch to updating one episode at the time. And that was also kind of difficult for me because of ~rEaSoNS~ which are irrelevant here so I won’t go into it. But honestly, it did mostly satisfy my readers doing it that way.
The problem (well, for me anyway) is that things will happen that you never expected to happen. Like, I did not anticipate that I would still be writing the same story I started two years ago Yet here I am, working on the final episodes just now. When I look back on it and try to figure out why I has taken me so long, it really does come down to a lot of external factors that I could not have prepared for when I started writing it in 2018. So there were things in my personal life that got in the way of writing, but then there were also things in my episode life that also got in the way too. Like contests. Stupid, tempting contests And the updated guidelines, which required me to change a lot, and that was pretty time consuming too.
Now, in saying all of this, I keep telling myself that next time, I’m going to work out an updating schedule or next time, I’m going to write the whole story in its entirety first before I publish it and that way I know I’ll be able to stick to weekly updates no matter what life throws at me. I’m sure there’s a lot of other authors who are in my position - who never anticipated how big their audience would come to be - that also think this way too. It’s like the ultimate episode goal for some of us. But like… on the other hand, I look at what I said in my first paragraph here: It’s not like we’re writing books/novels that are going to print, nor is it like we’re creating a TV series, so we shouldn’t have to feel like we have to have an update schedule either And also for me, there’s times where I think… what if I got platform banned tomorrow? Like I have two episodes that are ready to publish, but I’m holding them off until I finish the next one… So if I got banned, like, sheeeeit… I’d regret not publishing those episodes, you know?
I feel like I’ve rambled on enough now and I’m not sure what point I was trying to make here, lol