I hate to beat a dead horse or continue any sort of drama, or bring it up.
To clarify, THF is meant to be a fiction blog, not a writer’s blog, not a readers’ blog, not my blog (or any other admin’s). This was created to be a library for fanfiction for Tom Hiddleston and any/all of his characters.
As a fiction blog, I respect the writers and readers equally. Yes, the writers are absolutely essential, because without them there wouldn’t be anything to read. However, without readers, what’s the point of the blog? It’s a symbiotic relationship: Actor and audience (as our very own Hiddles says all the time), Bus driver and passengers, Author/Writer and readers.
This blog was meant to bring people together to share their love for writing with those who love to read. It is absolutely a blog for writers, but by the same token it is a blog for readers.
I created the tagging system as a way of organization and to match the readers with their authors AND authors with their readers. It’s not about catering to one or the other. It’s a clear way to get people where they want to go and what they want to accomplish.
Sure, there’s general tagging, slapping it together to get it posted. Honestly saves me a ton of time and effort, saves you time and effort as a writer, but it doesn’t help you find your audience! Right?
Why go through the energy of writing something that you want to share and have others read without taking the extra step (or steps) to make sure you’re getting the best readers for your story?
If someone is looking for Loki smut, why should they have to start reading Adam Angst or Tom Fluff or Captain Nicholls Action to know that’s not what they want? When you step into a bookstore, do you look for self help/DIY in fiction or television?
So I created a system that would cater to the writers and the readers. I like order and organization. What’s the point of having a library if you don’t have a cataloging system? A way to find a story later. It’s not just about posting, it’s about prosperity. Keeping the archive clean and organized and clear enough for everyone to find. We like our blog orderly, and we hope you do too!
The rules for having a story published to this blog aren’t unreasonable, and there are only 4. Follow the blog (so you can support other authors), have your ask box open (to receive all the lovely messages when you’ve shared a story), like the rules post (so you don’t try to submit a story with underage sexual content), and fill out a form for your story as a whole. (Honestly, who knows a story better than the author? I ask the author to fill this out, so I know where to ‘shelve’ you in the archive (going with the bookstore analogy). The header is no different than the jacket of a book. Likes/reblogs/notes/follows/asks/compliments are your compensation for the extra moments!
Consider THF as a publisher, a publisher isn’t going to publish your book without knowing how to market it, so they make money or the author makes money. We don’t have a lot of restrictions when it comes to story content, because we hope to see a lot of different genres.
We are no different than AO3 or wattpad or fanfiction.net, just on a much smaller scale. That’s why we have rules for submission. We’ve asked the authors to take an extra few steps to make our job easy, since it takes a lot of time to archive and queue up stories.
If it is too much work to complete four steps to get something posted to this blog, then move along. If you are willing to take a few extra minutes, then please submit and we’d love to have you.
This is the last post you’ll see on this blog about this. On behalf of the THF admins, for those that decide to stick around, we love you!