It was time for a big update at ElizabethBoyle.com. My site had been up and running for nearly 6 years without very much tinkering and like my office at home (which I am also redoing–pictures coming next week!) it was time for more than just paint and new curtains. It was time for an entirely new approach.
So I decided to make my entire website revolve around a blog. This blog.
A friend emailed me this week and asked a good question. “Why a blog? Are you crazy?” She went on to remind me of the one the thing I’d said in the last few years about blogging: time spent blogging could be time spent writing.
And she’s right. Or rather, I was right when I said it. Time spent blogging is time that could be spent writing. But in the last year, I’ve sort of found some balance in my writing life and starting reading blogs when I had a chance. And I was hooked. So when I decided to redo my website, I decided I wanted to build the new site around the blog. To make my website more interactive, to give readers a chance to have a voice on my site, as well as for me to have an open and running dialogue with writers, readers, booksellers and anyone else who wanders by.
Other writers are building communities with bulletin boards, and group blogs, but I tend to like coffee with friends. BBSs are too busy for me and group blogs–well, I tried it once and didn’t like it all that much. I knew what I wanted to do–chat and yak and gossip with my good friends. Share the news when I get it, not once a month in a website update, and hear what you all have to say.
All this, while starting a new book. And school letting the kids out. And my office all in boxes as I rearrange the house.
As I said to my friend who called me crazy, “Of course I am. But I’ve got a Plan.”
Next up: The Plan