Thursday, August 18, 2011

Web Presence



There has been a lot of talk on Type M for Murder of late about public relations and author promotion. I have read with interest because—after telling myself I would do it for two years—I am finally revamping my Website, a daunting task made even more so by my desire to (learn to) do it myself.

My goal and my abilities are in conflict: I am looking for more control of my site, but I am an HTML novice, so I have been experimenting with Word Press. My hope is to create a site that I can update daily and post items that make the site more interactive, such as excerpts, blogs, links, photos, and book recs, and even writing tips. I have no idea what impact this will have on my readership, but I enjoy technology, use it often in my classroom—and as the e-book industry grows, I figure I ought to be trying to establish a larger Web presence.

So I am preparing to go it alone by designing my own site—daunting, time-consuming, and risky, I know. And after a week on Word Press, my head is spinning. But I live by an adage my father preached—“smart people don’t have all the answers; they just know where to find them”—and I’m seeking input from friends who are far more tech savvy that me.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.


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