BUILDING A WEBSITE
Building a website was something I wanted to do for a long time. Although I made a few attempts over the years I never managed to finish it. My reasons for not developing a site before now were always the same – I was just too busy. Besides family stuff, I also combined writing with part-time teaching, or admin work.
THEN CAME THE RECESSION
Ireland was hit badly by the recession and between that, and moving from one side of the country to the other, and breaking my leg (twice) I found myself without any of the part-time work teaching work I had used to supplement my income.
This turned out to be a rather mixed blessing as I have found myself doing something I had always wanted to do – that is, working full-time on my writing.
However, I did say mixed blessing… the problem is that the recession has also reduced the amount of opportunities and outlets for writing, as well as increasing my available time.
I realized I would have to compete in an increasingly dwindling market – an arena where desperate writers are willing to work for less and less money while their bills get bigger or, I could try something new, and compete in the ever-expanding market that the Internet has become.
I started by doing a course in a specific method of building a website called SBI, however I was unhappy with the site I developed using that system and didn’t like feeling dependent on one company for everything to do with the site so I decided to investigate and compare other methods and templates. I looked at different systems but they were either too complex or time-consuming to learn or they were again dependent on a particularly company. I had heard a lot about WordPress and I had been reading Pat Flynn’s brilliant blog and found his excellent ‘how to build a blog in less than four minutes’ video on this page and so was inspired to go with WordPress. I followed Pat’s instructions and it worked. Having used WordPress for a couple of years now I can honestly say I found it really good to use and here are my three main reasons why:
1. IT IS EASY TO BUILD A WORDPRESS WEBSITE
I love the fact that WordPress is so easy to install and since techno-speak isn’t my first language I was especially happy to find Pat’s video as well as lots of other easy to follow tutorials and help all over the Internet.
2. LOTS OF COOL PLUGINS
I found there is a plugin for everything you want to do and more importantly they are easy to install and use. You can get plugins that help you with SEO (search engine optimization) and plugins that prevent spam. In fact there is a huge range of plugins that do virtually everything you want.
3. GREAT THEMES
I really was unhappy with my previous theme and when I saw the range and choices available to use with WordPress I knew I had to change. You can get free themes and paid ones. And there a huge variety available to suit different needs and requirements and if you get fed up with one you can easily change.
ALL ABOUT THE WRITING
Of course, writing stories is what matters most to me – a website is just a tool for getting them ‘out there,’ but more and more writers are finding it necessary to have a website these days. Not just to sell books but also to help their readers, a lot of whom expect to be able to look up their favourite writers on the net. So, at the end of the day if you are on the fence about having a website I’d recommend taking that jump. It’s much easier than you think – if I can do it anyone can. Just remember to keep your main focus on writing.
P.S. All the information on this site is free for you. All I ask in return is that you like, share or comment. Questions are also welcome and I always reply.