Up and running again and a Newsletter

I’m back!

Well, I haven’t been gone, but my website has been down while I worked on a few things.

One of those things is an e-mail newsletter, and there’s a form to subscribe at the end of this post.

If you’d like to read what I’ve been posting while the site’s been down, just go to the home page and there’ll be a section with my most recent posts.

I’m so happy to be back up and running again!

Opinion: WordPress is the best web-hosting company there is

Why do I think say that WordPress is the best?

I love their plan options. They offer everything from a free website with ads to pay for it, all the way up to an eCommerce plan for online stores.

In the middle, they’ve got Personal, Premium, and Business plans to cover everyone’s needs.

What’s more spectacular than that?

They’ve just added a monthly payment option. Now you don’t have to pay for a whole year all at once. Maybe you’re just starting out and don’t know what features you need in a website. You can try out all their plans and find out what works best for you, then pay for a year, or keep paying by the month.

WordPress also offers several ways to work on your website. There’s the Block Editor, which is what I’m using to write this post, HTML mode for those who love coding (I use it sometimes), and Classic, which is also great.

They offer a web browser interface, a desktop app, and mobile apps, so you can work on your site no matter what device you’re using or where you are.

What Does “the Indie way” Mean?

When I first started blogging, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was trying to accomplish. I mostly just wanted a website to share information about my self-published book(s). A blog was just something WordPress.com gave you automatically, whether you wanted one or not, and I hadn’t been planning on using it much.

I don’t know exactly what changed my mind, but one day last April, I started to blog every day, and I haven’t stopped blogging since.

The Indie way is something more than just having a static website with a bunch of links to where people can get Wounded Bride. Of course, I still have that page with those links, but I also have a lot of other content on here.

I’ve heard people wondering aloud on Twitter if Authors should give away their work or not. I don’t know the answer to that: it’s a decision each Author must make. My answer to that question is both free content and content for purchase. To me, that’s where things feel balanced.

The Indie way is a fluid, dynamic way to be an Author. I want to have a career and to flourish financially, but my free stuff is equally important. With free stuff, I can build my reputation, and Readers can decide if they like my stories and want to buy my book(s). If people print out and pass my free fiction around to their family and friends, more people will learn about me and some of them might decide to buy my book(s).

The Indie way is also a philosophy that includes other Writers and Authors. On Twitter, wonderful cover animator @byMorganWright says that people who also write are not her competition. I agree. Writing and publishing aren’t about getting ahead of others, but about bringing as many sotires as possible to the people who want them.

For me, the Indie way is the only way, and I want to share stories with you, provide writing advice to Writers and Authors, and to inspire you with my haiku poetry.