You might have noticed that I this blog has been coming and going lately. Or maybe you haven’t, which I’m not sure whether it’s a good or a bad thing. Good because that means no one’s really noticing that I am kind of toying around with my internet presence in a rather childish way. Bad because it might mean that no one’s actually noticing that I am around here. So good and bad, I still have to make up my mind about which one I’d prefer.
Anyway, it seems like I’m back around here and there’s a good reason for that. Or maybe there isn’t but then again, what would be the point of writing this post. I used to think that it looked more professional to have a blog/personal website with my name on it and my very own domain. I still do, I guess, but I have realised that blog and site needn’t be the same thing. In fact, I think it can be a good thing that they are separate, for they do not serve the same purpose.
I still have my website, which you can visit. Please do, you will find me at Irene Montaner. After trying to get things going there several times, I decided it was best to keep things simple and neat, so I chose a simple template (in fact the theme is called so simple) and laid out a rather slick site, if that makes any sense at all. You will find a small bio and my bibliography there, and maybe some news about my writing career.
There are also times when I’d like to ramble about anything and nothing and that’s when a blog comes very handy. However, I have chosen not to blog on that website. Partly for simplicity’s sake, and partly to preserve my creative spark. What?!, I hear can you saying, what the heck do you mean? Well, I don’t even know it myself. But what I have learnt from my experience in these two years that I have been treating my writing hobby more seriously is that I don’t want to give up on blogging. Also, that blogging is a great way for upcoming authors to promote themselves. However, I sometimes feel constrained when I think of blogging solely as a means to publicise myself. I feel that I should only write about certain topics, that I should have a certain consistency and that I should have a certain voice. And that’s when the blogging spark dies out.
So, after trying out as many possibilities as I could, I think I have figured out what I want to do with this blog and how I want to start my author platform (I still need to learn so much about this elusive and ever-changing concept). And what I’m doing is keeping a professional-ish website and a personal blog, where I’ll chronicle my writing journey, pretty much as I have been doing lately, but also, where I’ll babble about whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. After all, writing and blogging, much like everything else in life, are all about trial and error.
I hope you enjoy it! And if you happen to be a writer, whether an aspiring author or not, I’d love to know how you are handling your online presence. What do you do? How long did it take you to figure it out? Is it working for you?