where’ve I been hiding?

Where have I been?

Good question. An author’s blog is supposed to be one of his central duties; it’s the hub of his “platform,” in publishing-marketing-speak. If a writer wants to keep his platform alive, he needs to be posting to it at least once a week. Back in November 2013 I resolved to post to mine every 4 days, and every 7 days at a minimum.

It’s been 18 days since my last post. What am I doing with my time?

For one thing, I’ve been adjusting my lifestyle. I’m getting more exercise and I’m doing more meditation—a practice I’ve returned to after having gotten away from it for 11 years. And I’m happy to be doing these things, for if one’s mind and body are not looked after, then one is going to be in trouble sooner or later.

I’ve also been slowly expanding my “marketing” efforts in other ways online, by participating in Twitter and in a Goodreads group (Classics and the Western Canon). I’m tinkering with setting up a mailing list; you look for that to launch in the coming weeks. I’ve posted 110 book reviews to Amazon.com and have climbed into the top 10,000 reviewers there. And I’ve looked for others’ blogs that I can post comments on and thus engage with the online world more. I’m also trying to sort out the artwork for my site and my books, and am searching for a good artist.

All these things I think are gradually boosting my “visibility,” that elusive thing that nonfamous writers need in order to get readers interested in their work. I’m now getting more than 1,000 visits to my blog each day (the highest number in March thus far: 1,360); when I started it in 2011 I was getting a few dozen visits a day. Even though many of these visits are by comment spammers and so on, the number of real, worthwhile visitors is climbing. Thank you!

Oh: and then there’s the writing. I’m keen to get Episode 1 of The Age of Pisces out the door, and so I’ve been working on that. Because I already have a first draft fully in hand, I thought that this should be relatively quick and easy. I was wrong about that, but I have been working with renewed enthusiasm and pleasure lately, so that’s a wonderful thing. I expect that these feelings will show up in the finished work.

But I do want to keep up with my blog! So again, my goal is to post at least weekly.

But how fast the weeks go by . . .

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