I suppose that I should look on the bright side. Losing my ‘old’ website in the manner I did has given me an oppurtunity to freshen it up and to organise things.
The previous site was missing some things and it had, frankly, become a bit of a pain to manage. The Lies We Lead wasn’t listed on the site. A Tortured Soul had nothing more than a holding page. And a lot of books had “old” covers.
So I should really grab hold of this and use the experience of the last site to organise things better on this one. Here’s my current thinking.
- Make better use of ‘categories’ – I need to make sure every post has at least one category. I’ve already created categories for ‘blog’ and also ‘excerpts’, each of the novels (or series), ‘Westmouthshire’ and ‘short stories’ – that way, if anyone visiting wants to know more about any book or my thoughts on them, or if they want to find excerpts, it should be easy.
- Organize the book pages better – it was a bit hit and miss previously.
- Do more posts – Obviously, while I’m getting set up again, there’s going to be a slew of posts and new pages, but I really need to keep that going. I know I say that a lot, but… Well, you know. Regular posts bring more traffic. More traffic should equate to more sales. And with the ability to auto post this posts on my Facebook page, it keeps that ticking over as well.
That last one is, of course, the kind of thing I’ve said for eighteen months or more. I need to blog more. I need to get into the habit of updating on the regular. I know it’s important, but it’s just very, very tricky to achieve when you’re finding yourself tired out at the end of a day through the job that pays the bills, keeps a roof over your head and food on the table.
Which is why ‘losing’ the old site might be a blessing in disguise. Perhaps it’s the kick up the arse I need to get myself back in the habit of doing things that need to be done.
We shall see.