Looking for advice and suggestions
What do I want to get out of it?
I really would like feedback. I'm a bit worried that I'd get a lot that wasn't worth much (either saying it's stupid or loving it) but I think I've done this enough that I feel confident I could deal with sorting comments. So I'd need a commenting system of some sort. So... free for all commenting or invitation only? Or send comments back to the blog?
And how annoyed would people be to get a part of something and not the whole, or not the end?
Because besides feedback, authors usually hope to use a web-site to build a readership so that they can eventually sell books. Annoying the potential audiences would be bad. Although, it may be that having expectations to meet will be a good thing for me. A very good thing.
There's a potential problem with having a whole novel on a web-site. But probably it would be enough to simply take it down if I manage to sell it. Otherwise it might be a good idea to have a public area with a few short stories and other stuff, and an invitation-only area for works-in-progress.
Now, the invitation-only area could be an automatic thing requiring registration, so long as it's every so very slightly not-public. It's not like hordes of people are going to flock to my web site. (If they do, I could make the invitations less-than-automatic.)
Anyhow... anyone who sees this...
Would registration be too much of a hassle?
What do you think is important to include on a web-site?
What should I avoid at all costs?
I think I want to try this and as much as it's for me, it's for you... whoever *you* are.