I’m getting a bit bored, and the best way to get over boredom is to change things.
You can do this in your house by moving furniture around, making an old room suddenly new again. And when it comes to websites, you can change things up and really rejuvenate your whole outlook. Now is that time.
So what do I want to change? It’s a good question…and I’m not really sure. Perhaps if we take stock of things we’ll have a better understanding of where we are and where we want to go. Oh, and what we want to shake up.
For starters, I’ve managed to get a lot of followers on my social media accounts. Google+ has me at nearly 5,500 right now, and that’s a far cry from when I first started to get serious on that network.
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I’m pretty happy with Twitter, mainly because I didn’t get onto that until 2014 and now I have around 425 followers. Most are social media and SEO folks, but I have a lot of loyal Montana followers. I’m grateful for that.
Facebook is another story for me. You might have read about my recent decision to delete my Facebook page, and now my new Facebook page is up to 4 likes. But I’m fine with that – these are people that actually wanted to like the page, and I’m trying to keep it more updated with fun things.
So that’s social media. What about my website?
The 2014 Montana Election Blog is going to be taken down at the end of this month. The reason for this is because of the name – it’s so last year. I’m working on a massive landing page for it now, one that has all the links to the blog’s 300+ posts. It’ll be presented in a useful way so future Google searchers can find what they’re looking for.
- I think that’s a big change, but one that won’t be noticed by too many, I don’t think. Besides that, there’s not much else to change.
- I’ve been switching all my books over from Smashwords to D2D, and that’s been a bit slow, mainly because of laziness.
- I’m working on combining two ESL books on PowerPoint lessons, but that’s not really interesting for many of you.
- Sometime this month I’ll take a lot of old blog posts and put them into How to Write, making that 500+ page book even larger, hopefully into the 700+ page realm. Oh, and the price will go up to $3.99 on that too.
- I may finally take The Jongurian Mission off perma-free, mainly because it’s just not selling many copies of Books 2 & 3. I’ve been analyzing the sales a lot, and as I make the switch to D2D, I wonder if charging $0.99 or more for it might not be a better strategy.
- I want to write more about how to write fantasy novels, as a lot of my Google search traffic is coming from terms related to writing fantasy.
- I have to get more of my books into print, and all I really need to do is get someone on Fiverr to make me a POD cover for $20. The reason I want to do this is because I make a lot of money on print sales now.
- I should look into audio books and how I can increase my yearly earnings through this extra income channel. Like print books last year, I’m hesitant to get into it, because of laziness and ignorance.
- I should really stop worrying so much about my backlist and sales from last year so I can start putting some books out this year.
Wow, you’d have to have been an old visitor to remember any of that stuff. Anyways, like I said, changes.
I guess a big part is that I don’t want to waste so much time on politics. And it is a waste. Nothing comes from it, that I can see at least, not counting ill will, enmity and spite. But then I haven’t bought my March 7th dinner ticket yet so…
Let's face it - I don't think I will buy a ticket.
I’m feeling a little more confident than usual this month because I got my federal tax return. Now have enough money to pay the rent ahead of time, which means I can work on my fifth book of Montana history. Oh, it won’t sell that well – these books just don’t, unfortunately – but it’ll make me feel good, and I know those sales will come eventually.
But then you don’t get down the road by sitting here and talking about it.
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