Diary Of A Novel – Day X + 1

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After yesterday’s introduction it is time to know where I stand and what I need to learn to do.

  1. I have a self-hosted website
    Absolutely essential. And cheap these days. I opted for a server that allowed me to install WordPress onto the new site easily. Then I migrated my existing blog (the one with the most relevant content) to the new site. Why? See 3. Job done!
  2. The Blog
    A constant bone of contention. I have one. But I never really knew what to put on it! After all, you don’t want to impose on people with your drivel. But the nobody read it anyway, at least I don’t think so. Stern note to self: research Google Analytics! 
  3. Location of The Blog
    After much deliberation I moved The Blog from a wordpress.com and a blogger site to my self-hosted site. The word out there is that one can benefit an awful lot from WordPress’s own promotional activities. But the limitations are great. The installation of widgets and plugins is severely limited on a wordpress.com blog; and although there are work-arounds for some applications, the generalrule is that no third party plugins are easily installed. What that means is: no mailchimp code, no links to one’s own books and music from Amazon and so on (that’s as far as I got, really…).
    Rather than researching work-arounds instead of writing creatively, composing music, making glass or playing the bass I quickly opted to host The Blog on my own site. If in the long run this is the right decision only time will tell.
    Currently The Blog and my musical projects inhabit the same home page in one long string of relatively unsorted posts. Note to self: order and reduce categories!
    And if you decide to stay with your wordpress.com or similar, non-self-hosted blog, here is a helpful article on how to make mailchimp work via wufoo:
    http://smugmughugs.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/how-to-use-wufoo-in-wordpress-blogs/

Next tasks:

  • research Google Analytics
  • separate The Blog from completed Projects
  • order and reduce categories on rolling Blog page

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