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QUESTION:

I think my biggest question is how to garner attention to a roleplay group. For my roleplay, I did affiliates, reviews, and promotions but only ever had 4 people join. Is there some kind of secret I’m missing? Thanks for the help!

My first tip, and in my opinion the biggest thing, is that you need to make sure your roleplay is applicant-friendly. This includes the following:

  • An understandable plot.
    There’s a lot of talk going around about purple prose, and though people may have differing opinions about it, plots need to captivating, but concise. I’m 99% sure that 4/5 roleplayers can’t get themselves to read a plot that would fill more than one page in Word. (Separate information pages are a matter of their own; once you’ve gained the reader’s interest with your plot, they will want to read more and that’s why separating your plot from other pages is always good.)
  • Information readily available.
    What often makes all the difference for me, as a roleplayer, is that if I can’t find everything I “need” and there’s no indication of its existence, I very quickly exit the page and my return is very unlikely. This is where well constructed navigation pages come to the picture. You don’t need to use fancy coding, because a standard page works just as well if you make sure it’s divided into categories that are easy to browse through. Just one rule: don’t make the visitor jump through hoops to find what they’re looking for: put all the links to one page and create other ways like a simple password to make sure the applicant has read through the necessary pages (if that is your thing).
  • Welcoming atmosphere.
    When a person isn’t yet a part of the roleplay, they will look for certain things when scrolling through your RP. How are questions being answered? Have the rules been written in a manner that isn’t condescending or downright rude? Are they ready to welcome everyone into the group, or is it all just talk? A good admin responds to questions in a professional manner that doesn’t make the questioner feel themselves stupid or unwelcome, even when the question might’ve been worded to sound rude. (Anon hate is an entirely different matter, that crap stuff shouldn’t be published at all, because it’s like pouring fuel to a fire.)
  • Aesthetics.
    I know, it’s not all that matters, but I doubt anyone can deny the power of a theme that isn’t an eyesore and graphics that compliment the theme and the roleplay’s base idea. Make sure your graphics are 500px in width (promos and roleplay graphics) and remember that most of the time less is more. If you can’t do it on your own, there’s plenty of helpful hands around the RPCW/RPH community that are happy to help with graphics and give theme makeovers if you’re in need of them.
  • + Promos.
    While these can not be seen on the roleplay’s main page, they’re often the thing that makes a person come to you. Make (or ask someone to make some for you) multiple promos that have varying looks, while still being true to your RP. Queue them to a sideblog in a random order and set the blog to publish them 6-12 times a day.

If you feel you’ve checked all the boxes when it comes to the things listed above and your RP has been up for a while without success, my next advise is a revamp. One of my roleplays went through dozens of theme and graphic revamps, and every single time it made all the difference when garnering for new attention for the RP (not to mention it gives you a certain sense of something new, if you’ve happened to lose your inspiration for the RP). Graphics, theme, promos – changing one or few of these things may give you that extra boost you need.

Though not a guide, an important read:

Guides and other resources:
Tip: Sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics.

You can also check out my for admins tag for all RPH content that is strongly connected to an admin’s work.

the-singing-dove  asked:

Hello friend! I'm thinking about starting a writing and/or prompt-based side-blog. Since your blog is so popular and chock-full of wonderful ideas, I was wondering if you had any advice for me? Happy New Year too! :)

Starting a Tumblr Writing (Prompts) Blog

Hi! Thank you! I wish you happy and successful year 2016 :)
As for your question, here are a few tips:

  1. Plan ahead. One of the best features on Tumblr is the queue. Sometimes it glitches, sure, but much less often than a human would. Everything I want to post regularly or on a certain time goes through the queue, which means that I don’t have to worry about being home or about having the Internet connection or about having the energy to get posts ready and to publish them. They’ll go up whether I am around or not, as long as they are in the queue. Tumblr allows you to put 301 posts in the queue, which depending on the frequency of your posts can mean being prepared for weeks ahead.
  2. Plan further ahead than you think you need to. Even if you think you can sit down and fill your queue every evening, it’s safer to err on the side of caution and preparedness. There’ll be days when you’re busy or sick or you’ll have run out of steam. The more days in advance your queue covers, the more days you’ll have to recuperate. (I learned this the hard way. Who knew how long it took to get back into the swing of things after a month of traveling?)
  3. Set aside some regular time to work on your blog. It will save you from a lot of worrying about whether everything is in order and ready to go. 
  4. Tag. Tag everything. Have a better tagging system than I do. Tagging is great for two reasons: it helps people find you and it helps to keep your blog organized. The first five tags should be the ones you think people may be searching Tumblr for (such as “writing prompts” or “au ideas”). The rest should be the ones you’ll use to find things on your blog when you need to. It’s good to let your followers know how you tag things, too, so they can easily find what they’re looking for. (Note to self: do this.)
  5. Reblog other people. Reblogging other people’s content is awesome and there are reasons why I do it a lot: it brings variety to the blog, it promotes other people’s work, and it may just make someone’s day. Don’t repost, though. Tumblr makes it very easy to share other blogger’s content without stealing, so do that.
  6. Create your own content. While reblogging other people’s content is great, it’s not enough. If for no other reason than because it’s much easier for new followers to discover you through your own posts than through reblogs. And while there’s always space for more blogs and more prompts, there’s only a point in creating them if they bring something new. The world wants your blog… with an emphasis on ‘your’.
  7. Don’t worry too much about people unfollowing. Especially in the beginning, the need to obsess about the numbers will be unevitable. They’re a good indicator of your progress, after all. But the number fluctuates and in the early days when you have only a handful of followers it will be that much more noticeable. Don’t worry about it too much. On an average day, you’ll lose up to five followers for no reason you can identify, but you may gain 10 or 50 or 200 on that very same day or the day after. 
  8. Just start. Just start. Set up your blog and make your first post and put a handful of posts into the queue. You’ll figure things out as you go. Because if you wait for the moment when you are ready and there’s no possible glitch that could happen… well, such a day never comes.

Good luck! ♥