It’s been two weeks since I’ve posted anything on this site and I can’t promise another two weeks will not go by without posting either.
I’ve started to accept that I don’t have magical powers – not even close, although my children believe I have eyes at the back of my head.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve decided to implement some of the knowledge learned in my marketing class. At first, I was going to wait, but then decided, skills learned are skills practiced.I also picked up a couple of books I thought might help, Creating Your Author Brand by Kristine Kathryn Rush and Platform: Get noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt – although I haven’t dived into them yet – because not everything in my class will apply to the business of writing.I’m also one of those learn-and-do-as-much-as-you-can type of person. Which probably adds to me being overwhelmed and tired half the time (also, managing my CF is a damn fulltime job).
Christine, a contributor and author on colorfulpen, has been patient while I tinker, and I’m eternally grateful.
Okay, back to why I’ve been slacking, the changes started with giving this site a business feel, after all, it hosts my writing thoughts and news. I chose a new theme, Pena,and for the life of me can’t get it to look the way it should. If any one of you lovely readers have any suggestions as to why, or what the heck has gone wrong, please let me know.
Simplifying the site also had to be done. I separated my fiction writing from this blog which is non-fiction. When I created this site, branding was in mind – to an extent. I knew I was going to publish. Well, it would have saved me a world of trouble if I had separated my writing from the onset. It would have saved me the hassle of separating it now.
I also discovered that once a name has been assigned to a site through WordPress it cannot be reused. That’s great… if I’d done it correctly. So, if you’re creating your first blog, be sure your free WordPress assigned name resembles your domain name (if possible) that way, if they are any hiccups, visitors will know they are in the right place and won’t be confused. This site assigned name is my author name and I wouldn’t have minded until I decided to separate my fiction, and realized (too late), I couldn’t change or reuse it elsewhere.
Then a simple change grew into an explosion. I should have known, personal branding is no simple task.
So now, I’m tinkering with a bunch of other aspects which, sad to say has interrupted writing.