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Reading your flist - a follow up

The results of the little poll I posted a few days ago showed that 75.6% (34) of people read their flist by starting with with the most recent entry and then working their way through until they come to the final post they viewed on their last visit to LJ.

There were 20% (9) of people who said they started with the final post they viewed on their last visit to LJ and read forward from there.

And 4.4% (2) who didn't have a particular way of reading.

I wasn't that surprised by those results, not really.

However, what did surprise me, based on the above results, was the way people post multi-part stories/a series of stories when posting them at the same time. I would have thought that, based on the above, people would (taking a three part story) post part three first, then part two, then part one, so that the first part of the story would appear at the top of their journal/the relevant comm. Thus when people are reading their flists, the story will be in the correct order.

However, this was not the case at all.

Only 10.5% (4) of people posted their their posted-at-the-same-time multi-part stories/a series of stories in this way.

Whereas 65.8% (35) of people posted their posted-at-the-same-time multi-part stories/a series of stories in the opposite way. That is (again using a three part story) part one, part two, part three, meaning that the final part of the story will appear at the top of their journal/the relevant comm. Thus when people are reading their flists, the story will be in the wrong order.

And 23.7% (9) people said they'd never really thought about it.

So I confess that I am puzzled. Why do the people who view their flists by starting with the most recent post then post their posted-at-the-same-time multi-part stories/series of stories in such a way that the final part of the story appears at the top?

I wondered if it was because I use a LJ Client (Semagic) to post, rather than post directly via LJ, so I can prepare all my posts and then post in what is, to me, a logical order. However, I know there are other people who use Clients but they chose the opposite way of posting to me.

One person said in the comments that the way I post my posted-at-the-same-time multi-part stories/a series of stories might annoy them somewhat as whichever way they were reading it would be going in the opposite direction to everything else. And I admit I hadn't thought of that. And I wonder if it does annoy people when I do this? I know it's one of those 'whatever way people do it someone will end up annoyed', because I get a tad irked when I see multi-part stories where part three appears and then part two and then part one. It doesn't seem 'logical' to me, even though I can see that it is in the 'correct' order at least as far the rest of my flist went.

Someone else said that although she hadn't ever posted a multi-part story, if she were to do so she'd post the first part first because she reads her flist by starting with the final post they viewed on her last visit to LJ and read forward from there. Thus it would be in the correct order for her way or reading her flist.

So two questions:

1. Why do those of you who view your flists by starting with the most recent post then post your posted-at-the-same-time multi-part stories/series of stories in such a way that the final part of the story appears at the top?

2. For those of who read my NCIS stories (which is the only fandom I've actually posted-at-the-same-time multi-part stories/a series of stories) does the way I post (i.e. so that the first part of the story/first story in the series appear at the top, followed by the second and subsequent parts), irritate you? Would you rather I posted the first part/first story first (i.e. so that the first part of the story/first story in the series appears at the bottom, with the second and subsequent parts above it)? Or does it really not matter given that I always put links in my stories to the previous/later parts?
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