21 January 2013 - 1:02 pm

Pictorially relevant

So, I’ve been thinking about how to spread my words a bit more. Reach new eyes (and through them, minds), build that ‘author brand’ thing, extend my online presence. I’m trying to keep up with a few blogs. I’m commenting on places. I’m even looking sideways at Tumblr and wondering if Tumbling is something I want to do (online).

Self-marketing is tricky for me, partly because I suck at it (I don’t talk myself up well), and partly because I just don’t have a lot of time to play with. I work full time and my online time outside of work is pretty limited, either due to writing or because I’m so drained that I just want to sit down and play a game until it’s time to sleep. My ability to pay attention to a community, forum, or blog is variable at best, and wildly sporadic most of the time.

I’m trying to get better at it. I’m also trying to put more stuff up here, both regularly and of a wider scope, so that it might be of interest to those of you who drop by. I’ve tidied up the site a little bit, too, removing dead links and other stuff that no longer worked. I’m not quite ready to change the theme (I still love this one), but small changes are good too.

I’ve also been pondering the text-only nature of my posts. Visually, they’re not all that much to look at (though I strive for ‘easy to read’). Pictures tend to attract attention and help make it look nicer, so maybe I should do that?

Now I feel like the Riddler.Photo by Oberazzi

Now I feel like the Riddler.
Photo by Oberazzi

It’s a bit of a quandry, because finding relevant pictures for every post takes time, which only adds to the admin around putting stuff up on this blog. Do I want to increase my overhead? Is it worth it? Oh look, here are a pair of awesomely appropriate cufflinks.

I added pictures to the previous couple of posts, too. I kinda like how they look. I have no idea if I can keep this up, though.

So what do people think? Will this help? Is it nifty and awesome, or a waste of time?


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  1. Francisco says:

    The pictures do add something. As to whether it’s a good marketing tool, I don’t know enough but marketing.

    January 22nd, 2013 at 4:18 am

  2. Mel says:

    Thanks, Francisco! Definitely can’t hurt, I guess. I’ll keep trying with it and see what happens!

    January 22nd, 2013 at 8:40 am