Why, Yes, Your Comments Matter

I wanted you to know that not only do I read your comments, but I also take them under advisement. So when many of you said, “get a bookmark”, I…well. You can read all about it if you check out my post on The Muffin today.

Or if you’re time-crunched, you can just take a peek at this:

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And the back side:

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The Little (Tag) Things

While researching what the heck a “Like” button could do for an author, I came across some interesting tidbits about tags–and how they can be really helpful in book promotion.

So I wrote up that post for The Muffin today–and if you have a book out there, and that book is available at Amazon, you might want to take a look. Or if you want to do a little something something to help your friend’s book (over at Amazon), then you might want to check out the post as well.

And if you’re sitting there, scratching your head, wondering what the heck a “tag” is, (and you want to be a person in the know), then you can impress your friends and neighbors, just by reading a couple hundred words over at The Muffin.

And finally, if you have a blog, and you want to drive traffic to your blog, don’t forget to use those tags. Sometimes, it really is the little things (like a bowl of tangy, peach ice cream) that can have a big impact.

Home, Sweet (Writing) Home

I know people who redecorate their homes constantly–and those (like my mom) who fix it up once, dust off their hands, and never look back. I’m sort of in the middle when it comes to decorating. Mostly, because as time goes by, my taste changes.

When it comes to my writing home, I’ll do a make-over as well. Not so much because my taste changes but because what I want my blog to do changes.

These days, I need my blog to serve the same purpose as my website did–giving my credentials–and using the page function works perfectly to that end. So I spruced up those pages a bit. And it’s easy to add (or take away) information whenever I like.

I wanted to keep my blog relevant and continue to add content that might be helpful to my faithful readers. So I made the front page my blog posts. But I started thinking about new folks who might visit and what I wanted them to see when they landed on my front page.

Well, obviously I want them to be completely enamored with Cathy C. Hall! But since that’s a stretch, even for the Beneficent Mr. Hall, I figured I’d settle for “interested enough in Cathy C. Hall to want to keep up with her.” So I made sure that I had plenty of ways for new readers to do just that (Facebook, Twitter, SCBWI, email).

I’m still tweaking because I’m still thinking about what I want my writing home to be. What about you? When was the last time you looked at your writing home with a discerning eye? Are you getting the most bang for your buck?

If you’re like me, you’ve put a lot of hard work into your blog (or website), so it’s worth the effort to make it home, sweet writing home. And honestly, it’s way easier than stripping that 80’s wallpaper.