Wattematics

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Yes I did combine mathematics and Wattpad to create Wattematics. I hope this trends or becomes very well known because it is incredibly important to understand as a writer. I'm aware that when most people took up writing, they swore off the evil that is math, but it turns out to have real world applications and be exceptionally useful for gaining reads. How so?

There are many different things to understand about Wattpad in order to know where Wattematics comes from, but here are some quick tips to help you out.

1) Wattpad calculates reads from hits. You do not have to be a member to read a story on Wattpad. You don't have to be logged in. You can just be a computer/device viewing the page and it will count it as a read. This means that you are not confined to Wattpad in any way when searching for readers. Any person with a computer or the app can find your book and read it without ever joining the website and you will still reap the rewards.

2) Wattpad counts reads by part and then adds them together for your total reads. This one everyone probably figured out, but people then forget what this means, so we do a little basic math to illustrate how critical this is. Essentially the theory is that the more you write, the more reads you get. But how does it work?

        If I create a 3 part story and find 6 people to read it, I produce 18 reads (3 X 6).    

        If I create a 10 part story and find 2 people to read it, I produce 20 reads (10 X 2).

Through this math, I have grabbed 2 more reads than the first story with one third the amount of readers. Want to see how this extrapolates?

        If I create a 3 part story and find 5236 readers, I produce 15, 708 reads (3 X 5236).

        If I create a 68 part story and find 231 readers, I produce 15, 708 reads (68 X 231).

In this example, for every one reader the second story finds, the first story had to find about 23 readers. What seems more achieveable? Thus, the more I write, the more reads I produce, or the easier it is for me to produce reads. Obviously these comparisons require every reader to go through every chapter of a work and that doesn't happen, but it gives us a good illustration. So if you're waiting to get 200 reads before you update more, you'd have a better chance of getting those reads if you just updated more.

3) Reads will not subtract over time. There is absolutely no decay rate on reads. So the longer your story is posted, the more reads you will gather. This does not necessarily mean you will always be gaining reads over time, but you certainly won't be losing any. Even if you unpublish a part of your story then restore it, you will still not lose reads. Unless you actually delete your story, you won't lose reads. Before you get frustrated at a popular story, check when it was posted. It probably has been online for at least a couple months, and if you just put up your first work and are waiting for a thousand reads after a week, you may be waiting for quite some time. 

Keep in mind with these read numbers and the fact that reads can only go up, it is also part of human nature to want to do what other people want to do. This is a human reaction, not a Wattpad construction, and so things that are popular become more popular because they are popular. If two books are similar and one has a thousand reads and another has three, people are more likely to choose the more read work because they make assumptions about its quality as well as a desire to fit in. Whether their assumptions are true or not is irrelevant because, as mentioned before, reads are tracked as soon as they touch it.

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