Sunday, February 15, 2015
The first bricks have been placed.
It's been a week since The Independent Writer's Support Group website went online with just a bare shell of a page. Now that shell is starting to be filled in.
First we have a Resource link available which contains a list of reference sites that might be helpful to the independent writer. One of which is a quick start to setting up a website on Google's Blogger. That seemed appropriate as we had just done that for this site.
One of the most important things that you can do as an independent writer, besides writing, is to have a web presence. Even if you have a Facebook page, Google+ page, Amazon Author page and whatever else is out there, you should still have your own website.
It serves as a gathering place for the audience that you will be building. It is a place that you can point to, that anyone can get to. You don't have to worry about someone saying they don't use Facebook or don't use Google or that they won't buy from Amazon. Anyone who spends time on the internet will be able to get to your site. They'll be able to find out about you and your work.
The getting started with Blogger article is only the first step in taking ownership of your web presence and your audience. Once you have a website, you will want to get a personalized domain. With a personalized domain you can move your website around, but your audience will always know where to find you. That's why the URL for The Independent Writer's Support Group is tiwsg.com and not just tiwsg.blogspot.com. Today it is hosted on blogspot. Tomorrow, it could be somewhere else.
We'll be talking more about setting up a personalized domain name in the next post. If you can't wait, feel free to use the contact form on the right to ask for help.