My recent serial, ‘My Bundle Of Joy’ ended yesterday, after 44 episodes.
I usually look back over my fiction serials, and this one is no exception
It started well, with more than 110 views per episode. But then the theme of the story turned ‘dark’, and views and readers dropped away.
Some told me why, others just disappeared. Then it settled into just over 80 views per episode, some 3,600 in total.
It was a big challenge for me as the writer. I had to ‘become’ a reasonably successful 30-something woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Then I had to deal with the fact that her baby was brain-damaged, and she had little help or support.
I did this by drawing on my 22 years of experience as an EMT in London. You may well be surprised by how common it is, to find a single woman left to cope with such difficulties. But you have to take my word for the fact that it is true. I gave my character a lot of financial advantages that are in fact rare. I did this to make it easier to write the story, and make no apologies for that.
Comments were few, which is usual with my serials. But on this occasion, shares on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media were very low. That’s okay. It doesn’t matter. The main thing for me is the core of readers who stayed with it from the start.
I thank everyone who did that. It is always appreciated more than you know.
And I changed the potentially ‘gloomy’ ending. I left it for the readers to decide how they wanted it to end. That will not always be the case, but I think it suited this story.
Today, I will also publish all the parts in one complete story, for those of you that prefer to read it that way.
Thanks again, Pete.