After some reflection, I’ve decided to make some changes and spend a bit more time on this site than on my personal site.
Well, that’s not exactly accurate. I’m hoping to spend more time with both sites, but to do that I had to make some hard decisions about what goes where. In the end, this site is all about productivity, writing, short stories and my novels while the other site is more about day to day living, what I like and dislike about the world around me, and how I’d like to see it changed.
What this means is that I’m confining my rants and personal observations to my personal website – daviddougher.com and my writing to this site. Since I’m doing more writing this year, and have more “irons in the fire,” keeping people up with my progress should give me plenty of material for this site. I have also completely revamped the website to be more in tune with modern designs for mobile devices and focused more on what services and products I can bring to you.
The layout has changed substantially. I’ve made room for some courses I would like to offer – both free and paying. (But we’ll start with free first…)
I have also added a link at the bottom to sign up for my newsletter. It will contain info about upcoming events, and a free short story set in one of the book series worlds I am working on. I’ll also include little things from time to time like biographical information on characters, maps of an area, and occasional sketch or two I do. It should be fun, informative, and I hope you like it.
I have also decided to skip the spam columns you often see on websites. They are a source of income, but frankly, I find them annoying and I think other people do too. So, I’m not going to have any sidebars filled with flashy ads for products, and you don’t have to worry about a gazillion cookie trackers on this site. If you sign up for the newsletter or for one of my courses you will be tagged – but that’s just so you don’t get offered courses you have already taken. It should be fairly unobtrusive.
While this site is primarily to make you aware of my books and courses, it is still a blog site. So… What should I blog about? Well, I’m looking at several things. I certainly want to share a lot of the productivity material I have been gathering. My own book on the subject won’t be done for a bit and there are tons more I could write. But, I’m thinking a monthly column with productivity hints would be useful to most people.
Along with that, I’d like to provide some information on health and physical fitness. I’m sure there is a lot of material that could be shared on individual discoveries or new findings that are important but not likely to make the cut into a book any time soon.
However, this is supposed to be a blog, so what could I blog about? Letting you know about upcoming releases is important but it’s not exactly something that would make me run to a website every day. I wanted to do more. So, I considered what I could give to you, the reader, that you could not get from any other site. And since blogging is basically about sharing (hopefully for the betterment of the reader) I wanted to share something related to my books and short stories but unique to my site.
I am also thinking I would take some time to give people some insight into how I structure and write my short stories and books. Personally, I don’t see any magic in it. However, I do approach it very differently from many of the other authors whose work I love reading. The techniques I use are not fundamentally different than any other author. But, the way I implement them is structured to fit whatever genre I am working in. I thought it might be fun for those who wonder what it takes to actually write a book to see the process I use. Feel free to duplicate it, hack it up, change it around as you see fit. And I’ll leave it open to moderated comments – as long as they are respectful.
Criticism I am grateful for, trolling is for fishing boats.
Future blog entries will contain a lead word – Productivity, Writing, Health, etc. To give you a quick idea of what the Blog article is about. Over time I hope to find several that you enjoy reading and discussing.
And, of course, there will be progress reports on the various books I am working on as I go.
The decks have been cleared (as much as I can and still pay the rent) and the rest of this year is going to be devoted to creating the best possible stories and blog content for you to read that I can. I hope you like it.
David Dougher – author, ballroom dance instructor, computer consultant, game designer, and odd fellow.
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