This, sadly, will be my last Bookworm Blather post. I’ve had a fabulous time the last two years. Met some great folks. Created some great content. Reviewed some great books. But it was time to combine my blog with my author website on my own domain. I’ve moved all the content and I’ll continue to add more, so Bookworm Bather really hasn’t died at all. Please consider subscribing to my new website:
My new site is up and runnning, but I’m still working out some bugs. If you signed up to receive posts from my new blog, you’ll have to do it again. I went to a new plugin with more features. I also don’t have it set to publicize new posts on Facebook and all. Still working on that. I miss some of the supported features from this site, but I’m learning.
Anyhoo…I figured I’d give the first several posts a little boost by announcing them here. So if you want to wish me happy birthday and check out the amazing, breathtaking, AWESOME new cover art for Taylor Davis, head on over to…
It’s not quite done yet. My domain name doesn’t default to this new WP site yet. But it’s up and running. If you click here, you can see it. Looks remarkably familiar, doesn’t it?
You may have noticed I’ve been playing around with my blog’s appearance again. I’ve been trying out some ideas because I’ll be “WordPressing” my author website soon. After an ongoing internal debate about whether to continue maintaining Bookworm Blather as an independent blog or combine it with my author site into one big granddaddy, I’ve reached a difficult decision. I’m a little sad to announce I’ll be retiring Bookworm Blather in the next few weeks.
Let me weigh out the factors that went into this decision. My foremost reason for combining sites is, I want to blog less and write more. I started my blog primarily as an author platform. I’ve had a lot of fun with it, but it hasn’t sold books. Writing more books, particularly in series, and advertising them sells more books. That will now become my primary time focus. Since fall, I’ve only been writing new posts once a week. Yes, I’ve been posting three times a week, but most of my book reviews (Monday) were written last summer and fall except for a few I read for homeschool. My Friday posts have simply been chapters from my novel Song of the Mountain, which has been on autopilot for months. Since November, I’ve only been writing Wednesday posts, and it’s given me so much more time! I was able to complete a 60,000 word novel in 12 weeks! I’d like this productivity to continue.
One major factor against combining sites was that I’d lose all my incoming links. But I figured that if building a fair audience really hadn’t affected sales, neither would starting over. All I really accomplished by building up Bookworm Blather was building up Bookworm Blather. In that light, the decision to simplify was easier to reach.
So what’s the plan? Instead of being a driving force for a writing career (which turns out it wasn’t) my blog will now take on a much smaller role. Look for similar content but far fewer posts.
So I’ll be saying farewell to Bookworm Blather, but not really, as most of my content will move to my own domain (michelleisenhoff.com). Once I get the newbie up and running, I’ll tack up one final change of address notice and lay Bookworm Blather to rest.