Improving The Site: What You Should See

Whew! A month (more) has passed since I last updated this blog here on the site. I am writing content other places but here, not as much. I do post updates whenever I have a new article published in one of the magazines I write for; it’s a great way to meet people locally, and I know it has a “long tail” — I’ll be the only one writing about Common Ground Church in Kalamazoo (unfortunately, it closed its doors this summer), for future historians to look back on.

It’s a place for both my work and my hobbies: I think both should be together, since both are part of who I am. It could use some touch-ups, though, so I’ll be working on that next. More activity coming for the site as I determine what it is I want to see here.

  • A simple list of articles and game material, with a little animation to make it more visually interesting
  • A regularly updated blog featuring updates on what I’m working on
  • More outbound links and suggested sites

This is all very straightforward, simple stuff, if you have any experience with web design. But it’s easy to overlook if you haven’t paid any attention to your own site… which is what is happening to me.

Editing The Next Round

Part of the writing process is editing: getting a response from  your editor about what needs to be changed, and how the story can be made more readable, easier for your audience to understand and learn from. When I started writing, I was really resistant to the writing idea: I put out my best ideas when I sent you the draft, if I had the answers you’re looking for, I would have put them in the draft. It’s not about the editor trying to tell you what to write, it’s about a “second set of eyes,” a different perspective on the story.

I have a major article I’m working on now that needs to be revised after the edits I’ve been given. In a way, I’m starting the story all over again, with another round of setting up interviews, researching and then sitting down to write. Now to find time to start again…

Podcasting: Just Getting Started

My newest project, in an attempt to get more attention to the websites I’m responsible for promoting, is a podcast. Surprisingly there are a coverage areas that aren’t already being covered by a podcast (though the podcast “industry” would have you believe that the high point for the field has already passed). I have some basic hardware, thanks to research and Amazon. I know how to interview people, and a podcast skips the step of actually writing the article. Maybe this will be ideal for me. Now the trick is to find subjects for a podcast. I have a few mind; it’s just a matter of scheduling appointments.

A lot of the podcasts I listen to have set up Patreon pages or even read ad copy on their shows. I plan to get there one say, but I should probably start attracting listeners first, hm? Doing a podcast will also get me out in the social media sphere too — I can promote my show on those sites, and get the conversation going. More to come as I focus on this.