Some of you may have noticed the new look of my WordPress site. I did this for a few reasons. Chief among them was:
- Time – I’ve been maintaining a regular web site at www.donmassenzio.com along with the WordPress site at donmassenzio.wordpress.com. The regular web site had all of the usual things you would expect, a landing page, a book page, a bio page and a news page. What it didn’t have was a blog. When I built it, I didn’t think blogging was something I needed to be involved in. I was wrong. I’ve now consolidated into a single site hosted on WordPress. I’ve redirected my domain from my other web site so that it brings up the WordPress site.
- Professional Reasons – I can’t lie. My end goal is to be a full-time writer some day and to offer things around the profession of writing. I’m a consultant by trade, so the desire to help others improve their work is part of their DNA. Someday, when I have more time, I’d like to explore offering editing, formatting and ghost writing services to supplement my own writing pursuits. It’s too soon to do this now as I wouldn’t be able to devote adequate time to it, but down the road it’s a strong possibility.
- Promote My Work Without Being Obnoxious – I have been blogging for about 2 1/2 years now and it’s a daily activity that I look forward to. My fear is that it was becoming a bigger part of my identity than my writing. On the other hand, I didn’t want to beat my followers over the head with constant book promotions. I created a book page sometime ago, but a dirt road in the middle of the desert gets more traffic. I decided to keep the book page, with more detail about my books, but I also put clickable images of all of my book covers in the sidebar on the blogging page. More on this later.
I’m always looking for feedback from the blogging community and yours is welcome. The site will likely be a living/breathing organism for some time to come. Please, tell me what you like and don’t like about it. Look around. Rate the pages if you feel like it. Kick the tires. Please let me know if anything’s broken.
Thanks for your constant support and advice.