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Every Writer Should Have One.com

August 27th, 2014

writer.com-blogDo you remember your first email? I do. My wife showed me how to send it. I sat next to her with a pad taking notes on what and when to click. It all seemed very complicated and, scarily, wasn’t that long ago. Everything’s changed now though – Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google Plus … we’re in a digital world, and if you want to be a writer (or a musician, photographer, even a plumber!) you’ve got to have some kind of presence out there.

As a songwriter and guitarist I use Facebook. It’s great for organising events (like concerts) but things seem to come and go very quickly on that kind of social media – often they just get lost. So I started looking at websites. Two I really liked were for Writers Bureau tutors Stephanie Baudet and Simon Maginn. They had biographies and blogs, contact details … the kind of stuff employers or clients would surely want to see. I had to have one. But I had no money. So I built one myself.

Now, don’t switch off! I won’t be getting all ‘techie’ on you. I’m not exactly a whizz when it comes to I.T. My site is hosted by a company called Wix, and I put it together last year over a period of about six months. If I’d been on it full-time it would probably have taken about two weeks, but life being what it is, most of the work was done sat in the car with a laptop waiting for my daughter to come out of drama club … so it took a bit longer.

You can have a look, if you want – Phil Busby Acoustic Blues. It may not be to your taste, but it will give you some idea of what’s possible on a zero dollar budget. At the moment, on each page there’s an advertisement for Wix in the top right hand corner and across the bottom, like a toolbar. I could get rid of these by paying a small monthly fee, but for now (waiting for my first hit) they’re OK.

If you do fancy building your own website though, don’t just follow my lead. Wix aren’t the only company providing this kind of service. July’s E-Zee Writer recommends Yola, but there’s also Moonfruit and Webs.com. If you do a google search there’s probably a dozen out there. Find the one that suits you best, get building, and don’t forget …

Keep on writing!

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