Blog For the Sake of Blogging

Rules are for suckers. They’re specific to a time and place, and so limited. Rules change.

Principles, on the other hand…

Those of you who follow this blog for some time know that I am not a big fan of “how to” guides, rules, and funny little checklists that should magically do everything for you. There’s no substitute for hard work, dedication, time, energy, and passion, and those of you who want a shortcut will be disappointed by this guide of mine.

Of course, there are some things that you must do in order to be successful as a blogger.[…]

via The Ultimate Guide To Blogging — Cristian Mihai

For my part, I find blogging frustrating, but I hate not-blogging more. Perhaps this is just the dopamine hit that comes of hitting the “Publish” button talking, but there it is.

Minor Page Updates

I spent some time farting around with HTML yesterday to get my Published Books Page to look like something other than a bullet-list with hyperlinks. My knowledge of HTML is completely basic – I know what tags are and how to close them – but it looks pretty good.

I did even less to my Preview Page, as everything I have available on Tablo, except for one thing, is already published. (Naturally, they aren’t available in full. You must pay to read the ending).

I’m also giving thought to migrating  my old dead politics blog over to a separate WordPress blog, that I might update it occasionally. But then I might have to migrate the politics-related posts here, from the pre-2016 era, over to it, and that just seems like a lot of rearranging the chairs at an empty restaurant. Then again, I got a lot more hits when this place was andrewjpatrick.com, so what do I know.

Viruses are Bad Things. Why is “Going Viral” Good?

This post is worth reading in full:

Viral. Defined as a piece of information that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another. Usually it’s a video of a pet doing something silly. Usually. I have been chasing this for almost six years now. Dreaming about one of my posts going viral. Writing certain posts with the intent of them […]

via This post will go viral — Cristian Mihai

Email Lists, Book Covers, Periscope, and Other Assorted Jazz

In my research as to the proper way to have a career as an indie author, I’ve read a good few useful books and absorbed what some successful authors have had to say. The boys over at Realm and Sands, who do the Self-Publishing Podcast, have coined the phrase “Write. Publish. Repeat.”, which is the title of their indie author self-help book, which I’ve read, and found useful.

Then, scrolling through my twitter feed today, I found this:

You need not watch to the whole thing, as his cheeky meta-obvious promotion might or might not be your cup of tea. But he’s a success, what he and Write. Publish. Repeat. have in common is the insistence on the importance of an email list.

I’ve resisted this, because I get so much email that I barely bother to read it. But apparently it works, so I’m going to have to get a list going. I’m leaning towards MailChimp right now, based on initial research, and also because it’s free until I hit 2,000 subscribers. Free is the right starting price for an indie author.

Also, I have this urge in me to start Periscoping. I think it might add something to my social media presence and help get the word out when I have some new content to talk about, like a book or a new issue of Unnamed Journal. Speaking of which, did you see this?

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February 1st, people. Mark your calendars.

I made this on my iPad using Adobe Spark, which is a fun little photo design app that’s allowed me to up my book cover design game. At least, I think so.

For example, here’s the current cover for The Devil Left Him, along side a cover I just did on Adobe Spark:

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The second one just Pops more to my mind. What do you think?

Changes and Additions

First off, I’ve ditched the custom URL. Decided it wasn’t worth the cost. I’ll keep the address as plain andrewjpatrick.wordpress.com, unless I decide to buy a custom Content Blues. Which I might do.

Secondarily, another theme change! Last one was too artsy. The content was getting hid, and I was never satisfied with the typeface on the background.

Third, I’ve added a page to link all my Tablo books. Those are where all the production is being done now, anyway. Both Void and Party at the Last Tomorrow have been updated since I last posted.

I think an Unnamed Journal page may be necessary as well. Back later!

 

Good-Bye to All That.

I’m done with blogging about politics. It no longer interests me. This election has driven from me the desire to man the digital barricades. In the years I’ve spent shouting from my soapbox here, I’ve accomplished nothing.

Gun to my head, only vote that matters, forced to choose between Trump and Clinton? I’m not voting Clinton. That’s about as much as I can say.

For further details, hit this Medium article. If I have anything to say about political drama, I’ll say it there.

View at Medium.com