Guest Post by Da_Missus —
I’ve been helping Alex with this site for a few years now, on and off. Tweaking, experimenting, shifting, adding, deleting. We argue over the importance of maintaining a site–an online presence dedicated to his writing, in addition to his other social media accounts. Personally, I enjoy exploring places where I’m not forced to log in, create yet another account. He doesn’t bother with a lot of sites if it means he has to click another link. Then we switch sides, change minds. Plan to give it all up and start over again, or not. It takes time to keep a site going, and we both agree on the fact that there’s no point if you can’t keep it constantly updated with…something. But, what?
Our latest fight is over a menu title, Interactions, which is where we’ve been adding his latest interviews, reviews, and his essays or commentary that have been published elsewhere. The point of contention is the choice of the word “Interactions” and whether or not anyone will click on it. He says he wouldn’t click on it because he wouldn’t know what it meant if he saw on another site; I say I would click precisely because I’d be curious to learn what it meant. Would a visitor to the site be disappointed to find that it’s not really a place to interact? Or would he or she enjoy discovering all the cool people with whom Alex has had the pleasure of interacting? I don’t really know, but I figure it can’t hurt to throw it out there and see what happens. We both struggle to interact online at all these days. It used to be easier to be genuine, to connect and feel like it made a difference to someone. It’s hard to know what will draw people in, hold their interest, and perhaps have them go as far as buying and enjoying Alex’s books.
What tips do you have for keeping your author site fresh, for connecting, and do you think it’s working…or rather, what is your goal with your site and how do you know if you’re achieving it?
Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled program.
p.s. The image above is the latest screenshot added to the Interactions page. Alex’s collection, “Gears” was reviewed back in July at http://www.metazen.ca. You should also check out their site today for a review of JP Reese’s poetry collection.