Help me figure this out!
OK you guys, walk this through with me.
--that I write like a maniac, but cannot commit to a daily schedule;
--that I need to bring in some income from the site to justify writing like a maniac to my family*;
--that you guys want more story;
--that it drives me nuts to have a completed chapter just sitting here in the scheduler when you could be reading it;
--and that you guys like an update schedule nonetheless
What, then, should I do?
Here's what I'm thinking:
I'm thinking that the update schedule will stay Tu-Th-Sa, with Saturday an official update day. If a chapter is finished early, and it almost always is, I will ransom it for early release. If people want to read the chapter now instead of wait, they'll pony up. If not, they'll have to wait until the regular posting day.
If I finish the Tuesday chapter, say, Sunday, as happened today, and someone ransoms it, which also happened today, then Tuesday's chapter gets posted asap. When this Tuesday rolls around, there won't be an update--it's already been released.
But! Thursday's chapter is already written, and could be ransomed for release earlier than Thursday. See where I'm going with this? The regular release days would always stay Tu-Th-Sa. But there would be the option, if a chapter is finished early, to get it released early if a donation target is met. If it isn't met, the chapter still gets posted, but not till its release day. Essentially, you're paying for instant gratification, or faster gratification.
Would this piss people off? Should I just restrain my own enthusiasm (I am my own refresh monkey, I live for your comments) and just keep the donation system and schedule the way it is?
*I know I joke about perfume and lattes, and I will readily confess that some of the challenge money went right to BPAL/TAL. But I make my living online. The time I spend here is time taken away from other projects that actually make money. There's also little things like housework that are my responsibility. If I made more money here, I could hire help for the housework, and I'd be able to write more. Right now, the site brings in enough to defray/justify its hosting and pay for advertising; if I hadn't done the Challenge last week, I wouldn't have had enough for a BPAL order and that's sure.
ETA: Somehow commenting got turned off on this. Total accident; I WANT comment on this, though I've already pretty much decided that the model as described above won't work.