So. Here we are.
I’ve been keeping a LiveJournal for about 9 years, and I used to think that was enough. And there was a time when that was enough. But times change, and if I want to be taken seriously as a writer – and on reflection, yeah, I think I do – then that means my own site, my own domain name, my own platform.
It’s something I’ve been considering for a while, and given my laziness I would have probably continued contemplating it for another year, but I got the domain name and hosting/design services as a present for my birthday, and that was enough to finally get me off my arse.
(Huge thanks to Josh and Peter from Soupgiant for putting all this together for me. You guys rock.)
Now that I have it, what do I do with it? Well, I’m working that out. At first I thought I’d move all my online activity to this spot, but on reflection that seems too extreme. There’s nothing wrong with diversifying, and we tend to use different tools for different jobs. (Unless it’s an iPhone, which is apparently meant to do everything.) So I’m probably going to keep my LJ going for more personal/social stuff. Then there’s Twitter for fast communication, Facebook for… okay, I’m not really sure what I use Facebook for at the moment, and other outlets for other stuff.
But this here? This is for being the professional (or at least semi-professional) writer dude. It might take me a while to work out what to put here, where to put it, and how to tweak the layout, but bear with me. It’ll shake out soon enough. I hope.
If you have suggestions as to what to do here, where to put things, better colours to use for the page… whatever, I’m all ears.
(Incidentally, I figure most everyone reading this knows me or at least knows of me. If you have no idea who I am and just discovered this blog by accident or through curiousity, you can find out more about me in the Biography page.)
7 replies on “Day Zero”
Hi Patrick, welcome to your own website. Will you be providing links to where your previous publications can be found and purchased?
….and you know what…I’m a doofus, because I hadn’t explored your entire website. If I had have, I would have seen the links in your Pages…sorry. Please feel free to not publish my foolishness. X
But the fact that you couldn’t find the links right away is possibly a problem. I’ll try to make them more obvious.
Nice website! That photo of you on the Biog page – is that the one N described as a bit pretentious? Hm.
That’s the one! The thing is, it’s just me drinking kinda bland coffee in an Iowa City cafe. I wasn’t pretending to be anything!
Pretentious nothing, it’s a great photo. Keep using it.
I meant pretentious in the nicest possible way. And at the time I thought it was going to be bigger and on the front page. I adore that photo. He was pretending to be grumpy at me!