This is a continuation from the blog, The Serendipity of Christmas Generosity. It took time to get to the place where I was ready to commit to writing after the events described in my previous post. But that bit of serendipity certainly affected what I’ve done this past year as well as where I’m going next year. In Part 1 of this series I shared an overview of my goals and now I am posting a discussion of why each is important to me as a writer this year. Part 2 covered why I want to engage with a local writer’s group. Part 3 addressed my review and conference attendance goals. Part 4 expanded upon my publication aspirations for 2015.
Being an author in the digital age requires commitment to brand and it’s not static. These days the vocation demands a writer’s attention to their platform in addition to content. Building a web presence requires not just construction but maintenance and the willingness to expand as necessary. Two of my goals for 2015 relate to maintaining my writing enterprise in this way.
If you’ve read this entire series, you know that I started with a low-cost web presence. However, I cannot stay at a low-cost level indefinitely. I eventually need to improve this site either by moving to a self-hosted site or premium customization through WordPress. As the site and my writing career grow the hosting will need an overhaul.
I’ll need custom themes for the site to make the site distinctively branded. Likewise, the ability to brand the site in a manner consistent with my books is important. I’ll also need to use additional plug-ins not available to me now. There are also ways that I’m not linked to such social media channels as Goodreads that I would like to use as an author. So in 2015 I’d like to improve this website as funds allow.
I don’t know of anyone who claims to have truly mastered the writing craft. My goal this year is to continue improving my own ability. With blogging and the use of deep POV in my fiction I’ve made leaps forward. But there’s still far to go.
By attending conferences, webinars and reading about techniques, I hope to continue my own education. If the website improves, my content must continue to improve as well. While I push forward with publication I also want to push the boundaries of my ability well beyond what they currently are. It’s ambitious but then writing requires moxie.
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