Now before you panic, let me share my thoughts… My books are not selling as fast as I would like. I work part time. I spend a lot of time doing this blog. My wife is not thrilled about all this, and neither, to be honest, am I.
My daughter… the older one… has been filling my head with visions of doing a blog where I spend the same amount of time… which is a lot… but I actually make a little money.
The thing is… and this might just be the scariest mo’fo’in’ thing of all my things ever… it would mean switching to a different host platform thingamajig… (yeah, no problem, what with me being such an obvious computer genius and all)…
I have three thousand followers on this blog… or so the good folks at WordPress tell me. But how many of those people are still around? I have asked you all about this very thing before, and I got some good answers. My buddy, the Gibber, even helped me out with research… because I am a moron… and people tried to explain it all to me and I got all panicky and backed out.
From what I gather, if I do switch, my blog still looks the same, and still works the same… which means I will still need help with lots of stuff. The real difference, if I understand the words that came out of my daughter’s mouth, is that I would no longer show up on the WordPress topic wall things or in your reader. You would have to switch over and follow me… by email???… does that make any sense??? I guess there would still be an actual blog you could go to… (geeze, I hope so, that is where all my book links to my poorly-selling books on my book page are, also thanks to my buddy, the Gibber)
Supposedly… or ‘supposably’, as my younger brother insists on pronouncing it… this is how all the ‘real’ bloggers… the ones that are making money… do it. There would be advertising… and a happy wife… and stuff. I am assuming I could do all the same goofy stuff I do now, and the blog would look the same.
Would any of you follow me to this new place?
Would advertising turn you off?… (not you, Trent, nothing turns you off)
Would I just lose a bunch of followers that don’t even have blogs any more or might even be deceased?
Would I start off so small that I wouldn’t make any money anyway?
Is ‘Bluehost’ or ‘Blue Host’ or whatever the way to go?
Would I end up with ten followers and then get huge and be made into a movie like the girl who did that blog about cooking all of Julia Child’s recipes, and become not only rich but also famous, and then have my books turned into major motion pictures and start hanging out with Brad Pit… who would totally play me in the sci-fi movies of my books, by the way?
Please tell me what you think… I can barely breathe right now.