It seemed like such a good idea, book due out soon so setting up a blog to get in on this whole author blog thing. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for ages to be honest but you feel a bit daft setting yourself up as a fount of knowledge when you’ve got nothing published to your name. It’s hard to be a credible source of writing wisdom when the only thing you’ve ever written is stuffed in a box under the bed. Not that I’m planning on becoming an oracle of course but I did think that a moderately attractive website containing the inner workings of my fevered little brain would be a good idea, besides, everyone’s doing it and since the books due out before the end of the year…
Well for the past week I’ve been trying to set up this famous blog. Emphasis on the word “trying”. I’m currently recovering from the whole writing frenzy in the South of France so I was planning on stopping trying while I was here but here I am, sitting inside while the sun splits the stones outside, the husband getting increasingly annoyed that I’m not getting ready for a romantic candlelight dinner – you get the picture. Instead I’m sitting here, writing this, in the full knowledge that I’m not even writing to anyone at this stage because the bloody blog’s still up on the blocks so to say.
I’m beginning to think I missed a trick, spending all those years studying journalism then working in newsrooms until I’d learnt my craft and all that jazz. What I actually should have been doing is studying web design, then I would know what the hell I am doing here.
I’m used to writing a WordPress.com blog. Hosted and mindbogglingly simple to set up. I thought it would be a better idea, with my plan for self promotion, to register my own domain and install the WordPress application from wordpress.org. That was my undoing.
I’ve spent the last week and a half batting emails back a forth with a tech support person with my domain provider who is managing to answer every sodding question but the one I’ve actually asked her. My poor blog still sits unread because up until today the domain provider have been insisting to the world there’s nothing there.
I’m fed up with tech support and I’m fed up with technical problems. I don’t even particularly want to be writing this blog. I want to be out enjoying the September sun with the husband and forget for a couple of hours that there’s a book coming out all too soon.
Ah well…maybe tomorrow…