chapter 16 blog
So this is yet another work blog that I'm starting, but it's going to be the best one so far. I've learned a lot from the previous ones, this one will bring together all of my projects, notes, blogs, updates and promotions into one place. Best of all, it doesn't require a membership or an account like my previous blogs that have been hosted through social media sites.
This post I'm going to talk a little bit about this site, the site it's replacing and the sort of changes you can expect to see in the very near future - because this is a work in progress.
The site that this is replacing was called Chapter 16. It was the first site I ever created and it was home to all of my commission information. I made it when I was 18, I had no experience with commissions, professional writing, or web design and it was a complete mess. I put a notice up saying I was going to fix it but then I got a full time job and there was just a sort of half-assed page for about 3 years. It continued getting traffic so I continued to leave it up for a long time, and it still got me a lot of commission requests surprisingly - and because of that I figured it couldn't be too bad. It was.
Now I'm older and I have a lot more experience with the aforementioned things. I can code sites from scratch (though I did use a site-builder for this one), I know about SEO, I've been making a living writing for 3 years and I've taken just about every kind of commission you can imagine. Since I've taken a break from my paying writing gig and am trying to establish my work, I figured this would be a great time to finally set about building a proper site for myself.
Originally I was just going to update the information on my commission site, but then I realized that doesn't make a lot of sense because I don't do full-time commissions anymore. For the amount of requests I accept it seemed like all that information could be put in a post or on one page rather than requiring a whole site - and at that point I got the idea for this site.
It's still in the very early conception stages, and I guess it's going to be a trial and error thing. The basic idea is for me to keep all of my work stuff on this one site - there's a page for all my commission info, there's a project that outlines my current and upcoming projects, there's an about me, and of course there's this blog. It's going to be sort of an ever changing site, I'll keep what works, ditch what doesn't and we'll see how it goes. I'm really excited to be working on it, and it's nice to have a site that I'm not embarrassed to link to people.
So, uh, it's also getting a lot more traffic than I expected. I published this site a little over 24 hours ago and it's already gotten over 25 hits which I was not expecting. It's not like that's a ton of people or anything, but I haven't done a ton of promoting for this yet or even set it up to be visible by search engines - I pretty much gave the link to my Twitter followers. I'm glad people seem interested - though if I had known it would be getting so much attention I would definitely have waited to publish it until I had it polished up a little more.
That brings me to my last topic - the updates. I know that there are some issues with the site, and I'd just like to address those really quick. I have some custom graphics pending for this, I'm not quite sure when they'll be done but it's something I'm working on. Until then I'm sure you'll notice that I have some generic writing-themed graphics up as placeholders - courtesy of Weebly and their default theme images. (Weebly for those of you who don't know is the site builder I'm using. I typically prefer to do my own coding but Weebly has free domain names which works out so amazing because this site is more about promoting my work than bringing in money - so it's great to have a place to host it for free.)
Some of the links are also broken - primarily my social media links and my portfolio site links. The social media ones I just haven't set up yet and the portfolio site links are broken because I changed the url for my portfolio site after setting them up. After seeing how many hits the renovation was getting this site I decided to do an overhaul for my portfolio site as well, it deserves the same level of attention as this one. I've ditched everything, started from scratch and it's taken up a ton of my time. As soon as it's done (or close enough to being done that I feel comfortable sharing) I will announce it here and fix my links. Thank you everyone for your patience as I work this out. You have to understand, I really didn't expect to have anyone on the site yet.
I think that's about everything I wanted to cover here. I think it's really neat that I already have people on here and I really do appreciate all the interest and support in this project - especially here in the beginning since I'm sort of stumbling over set-up and everything. If anyone has any questions, comments, advice, complaints, really anything, you can shoot me an email at Cat.Voleur@gmail.com, and I really hope you guys keep checking in.