I am not using “machine” in the cool and/or hip sense, as in, your website will magically cause magic to magically happen.
I am using it the sense of a mechanism which does a thing. Because your website is probably an online brochure, limiting, perhaps even repelling, connection. Do these things well, and your site will have the mechanics to allow, even foster, connection. (These are mechanical steps, not social engineering, which is a subject for a different marketing-based post.)
Quick and dirty, not necessarily in order of importance unless otherwise stated.
… more … “Turning Your Website Into a Connection Machine”
That’s Emerson, by the way.
I read a post recently about keeping a “series bible” so you’d always get the minutiae right as you add more books to the series.
I take a different perspective. I’ll meander toward it.
First, an excerpt from my very first book The Commonsense Entrepreneur. It’s about musicians, but in most ways it applies to authors as well:
… more … “A Foolish Consistency?”
I have struggled with depression my whole life. During the past 10 years it has improved immensely, especially the past few. I now consider myself a happy person, a content person. The black days which used to be the norm are now rare.
But they’re not gone.
… more … “Lost Days, Lost Time; Or, You Can’t Fill a Black Hole”
. . . not.
I seem to be missing one post each weekend.
Give in, or step up?
Goal: post daily.
First miss: Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Take Sundays off? Try harder? Schedule further in advance? Must ponder.
If you’ve spent any time at all in writers’ groups online or in real life, you’ve heard someone say that writers write; that’s what makes them a writer. You’ve heard the advice to write, every single day.
Are you doing that? Right now, I mean. Or are you waiting for that Big Project, and then you’ll buckle down and schedule the time and stick with it. You’ll write, by gum, every single day.
Great. Good for you. Just remember, if you’re not doing it now, you’re not a writer.