Here’s quick update to my prior Changes Under Consideration post for those of you who enjoy personal administrivia. 😀
I’m keeping my micro.blog URL as social.cheribaker.com. For a while I was having an adverse reaction to the word social, as the word social media has such a negative connotation for me now. But I decided to get over it. Why let a perfectly good word be ruined?
I’ve stopped reading Twitter, and I don’t want to participate in that community. But as a convenience to readers, I’ll continue to tweet official author news. That’s a compromise I can live with. I’d consider doing something similar on Facebook if their TOS wasn’t such a shit-show.
I’ve started using FeedBin (Reeder) and Pinboard (Pushpin) to discover and organize online reading material. It’s working pretty well so far, but it seems to me there are fewer blogs than there used to be! Finding quality sources is going to take some time.
One of my previous considerations was this: Break most of the connections between my microblog and my author site. They’re different properties with different uses. That work is done, leaving me with two online homes.
My Author Site which directs visitors toward two actions: buying books, and/or signing up for my newsletter. My author blog is there and the focus of the blog is narrowing. (book news, writing, upcoming releases)
My Micro.Blog which is my personal blog. And while I don’t mind if readers/customers find that site, it’s not for them.
Two websites, personal and professional, housed within a single domain. It’s taken me a while to figure this out, but I like the simplicity.