I decided I wanted to do more with my site than a basic blog, as I expand my writing into my actual career. Specifically, I want to add the option to sign up to a mailing list, and I’d eventually like to add more features like a better landing page and (when I have something to sell) the ability to sell my books and stories directly. I love Blogspot as a blogging site, but it’s not enough for what I’m looking for.
So, early this morning I signed up for a business-level website at Hostgator. This will also allow me to create other sites, like pen name sites and a ‘publisher’ site, as the need arises with no additional charge (except the cost of the domain name).
At first, the new site will likely just be a blog like this, though using WordPress and with my own domain name, but the change will open up the options of adding a lot more to the site, and I think it’s worth the hassle.
I have no idea how long it’ll take me to setup the new site, but I want to do so ASAP, on the off-chance one of the stories I have out to market sells.
When the time comes, I’ll be setting up this site to auto-forward to the new URL. For now, please keep coming here.
In other news, I attended Tracy Hickman’s free writing webinar last night, and it was amazing. In fact, it was some of what he said that made me realize I wanted a lot more marketability out of my website than blogspot offers, and now rather than later.
I also subscribed to his Ultimate Writing Course, which includes an online course as well as no-additional-charge access to his future webinars. It’s nice having an online option like this for those of us who can’t travel to faraway workshops like Clarion.