Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Schizophrenic Online Author Platform

"Create a platform," I'm told. Gah! So I've gone about it in the most assbackward way possible, and I'm feeling kinda schizophrenic these days.

There's the website, which is supremely ugly but I can't figure out how to customize godaddy templates or, better still, how to transfer this URL from godaddy to wordpress without reinventing the wheel.

There's this blog, which is hard to read (white on black=BAD IDEA; all-cap title=worse idea) which a friend kindly designed for me and while I love the ambience of it, it's, well, hard to read. And it's on a different site than my website.

Then I have the Twitter persona, the Facebook persona, and I started a GoodReads persona but, frankly, I don't have a book to sell yet, and I don't have time for a lot of message board reading right now.

I have my group blog persona over at Write in the Shadows.

And I'm starting up a new website, Southern Fried Gothic, that's going to be loads of fun. I hope to launch it sometime in September...once I can figure out the ins and outs of designing a site on Wordpress.

But tying all these personae together into a "platform".....GAH.

Ideas? Should I scale back on some of this business? Should I drop what bores me and just do what's fun...at least till I have a release date less than 12 months away?
Drowning in identities here!

4 comments:

  1. Oh my. I think I had a little anxiety attack reading all that you're involved in.

    I'd never be able to keep up. LOL.
    All I do is blog (one blog, my own), Facebook (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) and Twitter (which I really like).

    I do little interviews and stuff on other blogs, but that's about it.

    I'm not sure I'd be able to handle all those different venues you have. So, the conservative nature in me, would be to suggest scaling down. Focus on the ones remaining to make them extraordinary.

    But then again, that's my opinion. I'll be interested to see what other advice you get!

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  2. I feel your pain. I'm trying to do all the things they say we should, but after all that, there's no time to write! I'll be interested to hear other more experienced thoughts.

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  3. Thanks, guys! I think we're all in the same boat. I have a bad habit of over-committing myself. And eventually, as Lynn say, I'm going to have to decide what to scale back on. What suffers in all this is writing time!

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  4. You can do this thing, Suzanne. Deep breath. My book might be able to help if you need to regroup your platform into one, simple, integrated whole. Good luck!

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