August 19, 2020

Free Ways to Help EC, Plus Past Issues

It’s no secret that I plan to run a fundraising campaign for Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine soon. It will probably happen next month or October. But you can support EC for free, and here are some ways:

  1. If you’re on Facebook, you can join and post pictures on Classic Fairy Tale Illustrations. This is free to anyone who asks to be in the group. Once you join, you can post pictures and comment, as well as enjoy the art I post daily. This group is connected to EC because I do mention the site on the administrative post, and I’m going to start posting art from older stories and providing links to them on some of my posts. (Molly had that idea. She’s already improving EC!) And the art can be from fairy tales, but also just generally fairy, gnomes, trolls, witches, sorcerers, wizards—the whole panoply of fairy tale and folklore figures. If you use Facebook, please join and ask friends to join too. It’s fun!

  2. The commenting situation is fraught; I’m aware. But, engagement is way up. I’m not sure if people realize that. So is traffic. So if you want to comment, do it. You can always just choose the anonymous option. If this turns you off, then commenting on this site isn’t going to work for awhile for you, and I’m sorry about that (sincerely—no snark), but there are other ways to support EC.

  3. For example, every so often, send a few fellow fairy tale fans a link to a post you really like. Include me in the group. I’ll be thrilled, and you will help EC raise its profile. Or share the Facebook link I put up for a post. I’ll see it. You can also comment on the dedicated EC Facebook page—which is a separate thing from the illustrations page.

  4. Or tweet about it. I’m at EnchantedConvo on Twitter.

  5. Emailing me about what you love about EC means A LOT. An email to me every once in a while is an easy way to brighten my day big time! 

All of these should be efforts that take less than five minutes, done occasionally—but I won’t be sorry if you do it more often. It should be low investment for you.

Two more things: First, have you noticed that there is an About/Past Issues page on the rolldown menu in mobile view? I’ve actually had a past issues page up for a long time, but because of the way the main page web view is laid out, Amanda Bergloff (a wonderful friend!) decided to put the About and Past Issues pages together last jerk.

Go to just below my little emoji image on the About/Past Issues page, and you’ll see the issues start. I just added a Snow White Poetry Issue link from 2011 at the bottom.  We’ve got a lot of older material already on this page and I’ll keep adding more. The new material from this year will be added soon as well. The material starts with the most recent and goes backwards.

You can also go to the sidebar on the right side of the web view (full, desktop view) and scroll down to “archive.” It goes all the way back to the first post on this site. EC actually started in 2007 at another site, so I’ve been at this for about 13 years.

Finally, while I have been asking for feedback and discussing issues with this site, I don’t want anyone to think I’m not enjoying myself. I don’t have to do this. I could just garden more, or shop more, or obsessively scroll through pictures of my grandson on my phone more, or read even more than I already do. I do this because it’s fun. I don’t have a martyr’s personality, and I’m just a fairy tale fan like the rest of you.


Image is by Jenny Harbour and is called “Tufty Riquet.”


Lynden Wade said...

Hi Kate, I can't find an email for you right now, so I hope this will work instead. I just wanted to say I'm really enjoying EC, from the daily illustrations on the Facebook page to the easy new layout for finding old stories. The way the tales tap into the classic stories, add a fresh twist, but avoid cynicism, are right up my street. Thank you for all the work you put into it. And welcome to Molly! Lynden

Katew said...

Lyndon, this is a perfect example of how a comment can make my day! Thank you.
And I love that you mention avoiding cynicism and keeping the stories fresh. I hadn’t realized until I read your words that they are a great description of my goals for this site. I appreciate the support you give EC. Especially on Facebook.