Three years ago, when I couldn’t get people to visit my site even if I paid them, I tried something which I thought was going to be entertaining.
I was sifting through all this stuff from my childhood like old books and toys. I noticed I had a lot of Choose Your Own Adventure and Find Your Fate books. I’m sure lots of you are familiar with these type of books. The story is usually about some fantastical adventure that the main character goes on. When the main character needs to make a decision, the book offers the reader several choices. You choose what option to take by flipping to the proper page. I liked the non-linear aspect of the books and back then, I’d read just about anything.
Back in the summer of 2002, I thought it would be such a waste to throw these books out. I wondered if there would be anyway to recycle them. I came up with the idea of putting the books into a blog. I’d type out sections of the book from the beginning and then stop when we got to a decision point. I’d then list the options and the readers could leave a comment to vote on which choice they liked the most. I’d continue on with the winning choice and so forth.
Of course, it never occurred to me that at the time, only five people in the world knew I had a site and three of them didn’t have access to the Internet. My initial Find Your Fate blog died a horrible, painful death. I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did.
For archival purposes, I’m going to haul out my old Find Your Fate blog again just so that you can see the type of stuff I was working on way back when you didn’t even know who I was. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog and then work your way up to the top.