Professional Writing

I’ve been thinking about buying my own URL for this blog and turning it (or a part of it) into a portfolio of my professional writing/editing work, because I have a lot of that type of thing lying around in disorganization. I’ve also been thinking about using this blog to advertise my editing skills, so that I can find some type of freelance work, which is extraordinarily hard to come by these days.

But at the same time, this blog has always been mostly about my own fiction writing and things that I hope to one day have published. I wouldn’t want to alienate my readers by changing this blog into something different, or by advertising my own abilities – I hate talking about myself and that makes me uncomfortable. I still have a professional “portfolio” website, but it hasn’t been updated in a while, and I wanted to buy the domain for it so it wouldn’t have one of those “Weebly” or “Webs” URLs. That professional website also has fiction writing samples of when I’ve been published before, but I haven’t had anything published since 2009, so I think it might look strange if everything stops at 2009. (Note to self: Get more stuff published!)

I’d really like to combine everything on this blog: my fiction writing, my professional writing, and my editing samples, but at the same time, I feel like it would be too much.

Another thought I had was possibly re-learning some HTML and CSS or learning Adobe Dreamweaver to create my own website – without any pre-made templates. That would take quite a long time, but I think it would definitely be worth it. Employers like to see that you’ve been creative and that you’ve taken initiative. Plus, web design skills are always helpful. And I wanted to learn desktop publishing software at some point. I keep seeing “knowledge of Adobe InDesign” in job ads and it makes me feel bad that I haven’t yet learned it.

Hmm… all of this is going to require quite a bit more thought. It’s been weighing on my mind for some time, and now I feel like I’ve made my thoughts a little more organized.

9 thoughts on “Professional Writing

  1. One site, two blogs? That could be a possibility. (I’m toying with a new blog for other creative outlets and then people can follow one or the other or both of them if they want to.) I don’t think you would alienate your readers, though, as long are you’re you (which you are). I personally don’t mind combined blogs/sites. 🙂

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  2. I think it’s good for writers to have two sites: one for audience and one for other writers. People who are interested in finding out more about your published works or professional qualifications don’t want to know the same things as your writer friends want to talk about. Even I — determined amateur that I am — have a separate site for A Sane Woman

    I think it is good to own a domain. To me, it’s sort of a statement of seriousness. In fact, I own http://www.jansleet.com, and someday I’ll even get organized enough to point it at the ASW site. 🙂

    Also, speaking for at least one of your reades, please keep this blog on the general course it’s on. We’re enjoying it.

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  3. It’s your blog – do what you like with it! But I do think it would be great for you to have your own URL, you will obviously benefit from it hugely :).

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  4. Maggie
    Some thoughts on your idea.
    First, yes, absolutely you need to buy your own domain name. Actually, you should buy two of them. The big mistake a lot of writers make when doing this is buying the name for whatever book they have, or are about to publish, thinking that this would be a good way for people to find the book. Yes and no. Mostly no. The name you MUST HAVE is YOUR NAME.
    Unless you are to be a one-book, or one-project wonder, you’ll want name recognition over title recognition. Trust me on this.
    As for multiple websites: I agree about this. You need that self-named website so readers can find you. However, unless you are already well-known, that site will not get a lot of traffic. But there is a way to boost that.
    If you purchase your own domain name for this blog, and move the blog to a paid site (a bit of a bother and expense, but well worth it), you can make your personal site on the same account. With a little fiddling, you can associate your personal site with your blog, and derive traffic from the blog (and traffic numbers FROM the blog) to bolster your personal site in the search engines. This is tricky, but I can explain the process if you want it.
    Your Author’s Platform needs to be wider than just websites, but having a good “HQ” on line can be a wonderful start.

    Hope this makes sense.
    Hope this helps.

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    1. Thank you for the advice, Rik. It’s a lot to keep in mind, and it will all require quite a bit more thought. 🙂

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  5. Also (you may know this already), if you want to 1) buy a domain name of your name and have that for your “professional site” and 2) keep this blog pretty much as it is but without the “wordpress” in the URL, you can buy a second domain name and direct it here. WordPress.com will do that for you (for money, of course). It’s easier than moving the blog to different hosting (though I’ve done that a few times and it’s certainly possible), and blogs are a bit more work when you have to do all the software upgrades yourself. Both ways have advantages, obviously.

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