Today is the two months’ anniversary of this blog. Here are some thoughts:
- Rule #1 of fiction writing (it’s also Rule #2 and Rule #3) is “Write every day.” This appears to be true of blogging as well. One big difference between blogging and writing fiction is that embedding a YouTube video counts as blogging; this is not true of fiction-writing. Another difference is that, if you don’t blog constantly, your audience starts dropping pretty quickly. There are a bazillion other blogs out there that people can waste their time reading.
- I think it’s important to have some variety in your blog posts. I worry that potential readers may say: “Dear God, not another post about cosmology and religion. Why doesn’t he read more 900-page Japanese novels and write many many posts about them?” This is a valid criticism. In particular, there hasn’t been one item about the Red Sox. I think about the Red Sox way more than I think about cosmology or Haruki Murakami. This needs to be addressed.
- I don’t understand WordPress’s business model. It appears to owe something to the underpants gnomes. Phase 1 is “Provide all kinds of great free software and lots of storage.” Phase 2 is “Profit!” Phase 2 is ???. So far, out of pure vanity I have paid WordPress a pittance to register the name richardbowker.com instead of richardbowker.wordpress.com. And that’s it — everything else has been free.
- I should probably experiment more with the look and feel of the blog. I like the WordPress theme I’m currently using, but they make it really easy to switch to a new one. And there are limitations with the current theme. For example, if you click on Books up at the top, you see links to pages about my books. But the longer titles spread out onto two lines, so it looks like I’ve written a book called “Forbidden” and another one called “Sanctuary”. I don’t know how to fix that. So don’t be surprised if this place undergoes a total renovation at a moment’s notice.
Feel free to tell me how things could be improved around here.