In my last post about Wattpad, I talked about my failed attempts to link to Innerscape, Part 1, and the workaround I finally discovered. I was not particularly happy with the Wattpad interface, and said so.
Since then, Fernanda from Wattpad support replied to my email and explained how to link to my story properly. The following is a quick, pictorial version of what Fernanda told me.
Once you have created and published your story to Wattpad, you are ready to promote it beyond Wattpad.
Step 1 Click the tiny arrow next to your Wattpad name to display the drop down list as shown below:
From the drop down list, select the ‘My Profile’ option.
Step 2 The ‘My Profile’ page contains the About [you] as well as a list of stories you have published to Wattpad. In the screenshot below, you can see that I’ve only published one story [Innerscape].
To read [or link to] any of the stories you have published, click on the relevant link. For me, the link is for Innerscape.
You should now be looking at a sort of public page on which anyone can read your story.
Step 3 Click on the address bar for your story as shown in the screenshot below:
Once the URL of your story is highlighted in blue, simply copy and paste it into your tweet, FB post, blog post or other promotional site.
If you try to do any of this from within the ‘Works’ option [the obvious place to look for your story], the resultant URL will belong to your private Wattpad account and hence will not be accessible to other people – i.e. it won’t work!
I can see the programming logic behind all this but …a good interface would not hide such a common function in such a non-intuitive location. Or perhaps the Devs of Wattpad assume that anyone publishing material on Wattpad will not be interested in promoting their work anywhere else. -shrug- Or maybe they don’t want to clutter up the interface with all this unsightly and potentially technical stuff?
I don’t know what the answer is, but I believe most current user interfaces are hell bent on being innovative and different, and beggar the functionality. I’ve suffered through the latest, ongoing transformation of the WordPress.com interface, and it appears I shall have to suffer from the Wattpad one as well.
Perhaps I should be more diplomatic.
Nope. Poor design is poor design no matter what the intention of the developers may be.