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A new website is born

Don’t know if ‘birth’ is the best reference to the event last night (January 5, 2012) but that’s when this website was launched to the public, ‘or came into the world’, if you will.   Inception occurred about six weeks before with an email or facebook contact with Jeremy Hendrickson, a former student and web development specialist.  From that point we worked together on content and format and all the other details until we both felt that everything worked.  Mostly, we did everything long distance–me in Florida  and Jeremy back home in Hibbing–with some lengthy phone conversations and incredible patience on Jeremy’s part. I must admit that I am not tech-typer person, so the teacher became the student.  Lots of creativity went into the process, most of it from Jeremy.

Anyhow, last night we decided to go public and agreed to use my facebook pages to develop a ‘fan’ site and then post a connection with my 420 ‘friends’.   Fan site?  I guess that’s a necessary part of it all.

Both the process and the end result of this project have put me in touch with the dual purpose/function of the site. For certain, there is an obvious commercial element: Entice people to buy your product!  Up until now my sales have mostly been ‘word of mouth’ as I haven’t had much of an advertising budget.  Also, sales have come from the sweat and energy of road work–I can’t count the miles or the hours spent traveling all over Minnesota for book events, arts/crafts shows, holiday bizarres, and almost any event where there is a public gathering.  The travel is easy, the tent-pitching, table setting, and necessary  schmoozing take a toll.  At the ‘Land of the Loon’ festival a few years ago, my $275.00 tent was caught in a wind gust and ended up totally destroyed in the branches of a sturdy Alcott Park Maple.  And, about 43% of all outdoor events experience rain–often torrential rain.  Rain is a major nemesis of paperback books.  Selling a book through a bookstore (if one is willing to shelve your titles) is the easiest but the least profitable.  A sale on Amazon is break-even at best.  Anyhow, the marketing sales aspect of my little sole-proprietor publishing business might get a nice lift from this site as I think it represents me and my books quite effetively.

I’ll admit to the social aspect of this site.  Writers and artists of every persuasion are people with considerable egos, even if they disguise it well.  Aside from a compliment about one of my children or grandchildren, a compliment on one of my stories comes in a very close second.  Naturally, I hope that a few people (“fans’) will send some kudos my way–either on my site or on my works.  If nothing else, this site will give me an opportunity to publically  journal, another ultra-ego endeavor.

I hope you will be in touch with me as well as I with you.  God bless . . . .

Don’t know if ‘birth’ is the best reference to the event last night (January 5, 2012) but that’s when this website was launched to the public, ‘or came into the world’, if you will.   Inception occurred about six weeks before with an email or facebook contact with Jeremy Hendrickson, a former student and web development specialist.  From that point we worked together on content and format and all the other details until we both felt that everything worked.  Mostly, we did everything long distance–me in Florida  and Jeremy back home in Hibbing–with some lengthy phone conversations and incredible patience on Jeremy’s part. I must admit that I am not tech-typer person, so the teacher became the student.  Lots of creativity went into the process, most of it from Jeremy.

Anyhow, last night we decided to go public and agreed to use my facebook pages to develop a ‘fan’ site and then post a connection with my 420 ‘friends’.   Fan site?  I guess that’s a necessary part of it all.

Both the process and the end result of this project have put me in touch with the dual purpose/function of the site. For certain, there is an obvious commercial element: Entice people to buy your product!  Up until now my sales have mostly been ‘word of mouth’ as I haven’t had much of an advertising budget.  Also, sales have come from the sweat and energy of road work–I can’t count the miles or the hours spent traveling all over Minnesota for book events, arts/crafts shows, holiday bizarres, and almost any event where there is a public gathering.  The travel is easy, the tent-pitching, table setting, and necessary  schmoozing take a toll.  At the ‘Land of the Loon’ festival a few years ago, my $275.00 tent was caught in a wind gust and ended up totally destroyed in the branches of a sturdy Alcott Park Maple.  And, about 43% of all outdoor events experience rain–often torrential rain.  Rain is a major nemesis of paperback books.  Selling a book through a bookstore (if one is willing to shelve your titles) is the easiest but the least profitable.  A sale on Amazon is break-even at best.  Anyhow, the marketing sales aspect of my little sole-proprietor publishing business might get a nice lift from this site as I think it represents me and my books quite effetively.

I’ll admit to the social aspect of this site.  Writers and artists of every persuasion are people with considerable egos, even if they disguise it well.  Aside from a compliment about one of my children or grandchildren, a compliment on one of my stories comes in a very close second.  Naturally, I hope that a few people (“fans’) will send some kudos my way–either on my site or on my works.  If nothing else, this site will give me an opportunity to publically  journal, another ultra-ego endeavor.

I hope you will be in touch with me as well as I with you.  God bless . . . .

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