I’m guessing you noticed the new look to my website. I finally bit the bullet and swapped my custom design for a free template. Everything is really mess up. To be honest, I write this post wondering if it will appear on my home page. None of the previous posts do.
Longtime visitors may recall a resolution shortly after I retired two years ago to update my beautiful-but-outdated web site. The custom design required routine maintenance beyond my very limited understanding of how all this stuff works. The result: numerous glitches I was unable to fix. Security issues finally forced my hand.
Doing it myself was the only option. The artist who charged me a paltry $200 for the custom design many moons ago has moved on to other things. The freelancer I hired to fix all the issues several years ago was hard to find, cost a fortune and, in the end, could only do so much without a super expensive redesign.
No thanks. My needs have changed. I’ve been just blogging for quite some time. My books are still available, but pimping them is no longer a priority. I love writing, but being an author sucks and, for most, doesn’t pay diddly squat. Marketing — the only way to increase sales — takes way more time and money than I’m willing to invest for little to no return.
That’s me. I’ve met a lot of lovely authors, editors, reviewers, cover artists, and other professionals involved with publishing who share a passion I never had. Consumer education is my passion. Writing five novels was a fluke.
Will I write another novel? Never say never. Getting my rights back for the five I’ve written and self-publishing is a more likely scenario.
But first, I gotta figure out this WordPress thing. That’s likely to take a while. WordPress for Dummies is the size of a 1970s New York City phone book. Or maybe I’ll stumble across a kind soul willing to help. I’ll do my best to keep you posted.