The live journal.
At one time there was a blogging site called livejournal.com I had an account and mirror posted to it. I kept it personal for several years, then opened it and got spammed. Live and learn.
I do however recommend keeping a live journal. While I do promote paper writing and computer journaling and saving for posterity, before the “cloud” was a thing, I saw promise in the concept of a blog, not just as a platform for writerly things but as a chronicle of one’s life, ones moments, etc. And since I’m a big picture kinda gal, my writer compass points to the personal website. Again, as a writer we are encouraged to have these but for me, my site is an extension of me, not just my writing. A full website allows one to catalogue not just writing but also images, sounds and themes in one cohesive place. If you’re sensitive and private, you can build a beautiful site and keep it private, but truthfully unless you’re really famous, or you have mad social media skills, you’re at minimal risk of exposing your soft underparts to the untamed masses. Chances are you won’t go viral. I promise.
That being said. Don’t be discouraged if you do want attention and you put all this effort into building a beautiful website that no one sees. What’s the point, you ask? Because in all the outward focus of the past few entries (if you’ve been keeping up), this one is really about you at least for now.
Writers are creators and building a page or a website (freewebs is great for this) is a visual exercise that is very satisfying. Pick a site that you trust of course. Do some research. There are free site hosters out there as well as paid services. Just make sure that you can manipulate your own data and content easily. This should be something enjoyable not an exercise in becoming computer script writer.
Keep things simple to start. Choose content about which you are passionate. Experiment with the different templates and colors available until you have something that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. And don’t build the whole thing at once. If your aim is to have something that someone else will eventually see – spread your addition of content and pages out so that your site is dynamic and will encourage people to come back.
It saddens me to see all the abandoned sites out there. Writers can be fickle. They dive in to some project, spend loads of time and effort and then when the fuss dies down, they abandon the area and move on, leaving a trail of broken links and obsolete data in their wake. I’m guilty too I guess, but hey that gives me an idea for a New Year’s resolution. I could go make my websites amazing again. Then I could blog about it. And I could write a letter to one of my old buddies who got me interested in blogging and website building. And then I could go make some way cool comments.
All joking aside. If you’ve been following along, you may remember my comment about the library:
Every time an old man dies, a library burns down? Should you decide to build your own website and keep it updated, eventually when you write your final sentence on this side of the veil – viola. Your website, your blogs – all the love letters – that, my friend, is your library. Full of color and light and beauty. It is a part of your legacy, and a gift only you can give to the next generation.