Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Getting It Together

When I started this, I decided I was not going to promote and market it until it was well on its way to being a blog I'd be proud for others to see.

You'll read all over the WWW as to how you need to rush right out and claim your blog on Technorati, then join a bunch of directories and engines and so on, the very minute you decide to start one - and while this is generally good advice, it is just that: general good advice. If your blog sucks, then why bother letting the world know how bad it is? Sit still, keep quiet, and get to work! Only after you are pleased with what you have should you start telling everyone - and once you do have something worth showing, make sure you tell everyone. Twice!

I wasn't going to do a "how-to" blog - for writing or blogging. There are already at least 234902370493729047 million too many of them and almost all of them suck about as much as a blog can suck, but the truth is that I really do know what I am doing and have been doing it for years now; unlike these other, fly-by-night, get-rich-never, "how-to" blogs that say the same things we've already heard a billion times before (largely because they all copy one another) and are written by bloggers you've never heard who abandon them almost as quickly as they start them, I have been doing this for over a decade now. Before that, I was keeping journals in notebooks and submitting my writing to traditional publishing outlets - even managed to get published a couple-few times and win an award and contest or four.

And when I get the writing bug - which is not unlike the acting bug or the music bug - I want to talk about it! Unfortunately, I don't know any other writers - not any that are serious about it, anyway... or any good. And I knew I needed a writing section for The Weirding. So instead of going about it all cockeyed, I decided, "What better way to do a writing section than make it a blog all its own!?" And Weird Ink was born.

It was nowhere near that easy, of course. We've had a lot of ups and downs along the way and I had to really hunker-down and learn a lot about Blogger in order to get this thing going and make it work with the site. But I got it to where it is right now - slowly, I admit, but eventually.

And though I am proud of what I have accomplished so far, the truth is that Weird Ink is fair, at best, and that's my fault. So I decided it was time to either just let it rot away over here or seriously get to work and make it what I know it can be... and I decided to do the latter.

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be posting a lot more frequently than I ever have before, because I am going to be very busy here. You are going to see massive changes as I upgrade the entire blog and work to integrate it into The Weirding. When I am done, Weird Ink will comprise the entirety of The Weirding's writing section; everything The Weirding offers for writing will be found in these very pages.

Once complete (as much as it is ever going to be - websites and blogs are forever-changing and this one will be no different), I will issue a post on how to get the most out of Weird Ink - where everything is, how to find and access it, how to configure your computer and browser to optimize all of this, and more. Along the way, I will also explain how to do what I have done to teach those of you who use the Blogger platform how to customize and optimize your blogs.

Anyway, sit back and enjoy the ride, as Weird Ink - and The Weirding, itself - truly gets underway.

Hey, I'm paying taxes on the damned thing, so it's not just a "hobby" anymore.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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