Technical Difficulties

Dear Readers,

For any aspiring author, an online presence is necessary in order to gain a following. A lot of agents assess your marketability based on your self-promotion. Aside from that, having yourself on the world wide web is a great way to get your work to as many people as possible. Even as a small blog with traffic of maybe 100-200 a week, this is still an important part of making myself known.

Today, through inattention, I accidentally removed several venues for my work. I’m presently trying to figure out the easiest way to restore these connections but the timeline is indefinite to say the least. For this week I am not posting a weekly story as the result. I like to consider myself resilient, so regardless of where I am next week – I won’t delay long. There will be a weekly story next week.

Mostly, I am distraught right now. These venues for my work have been a part of me for six years and to have lost them out of my own error is painful. For now I’ll start planning ahead for the blog and work on some other pieces I’ve been throwing together for contests.

I’m sorry that I have failed you in this respect. Many of my readers are regulars that like the work that I do each and every week, and to you I wish to give you nothing but gratitude for your support. You have been an integral part of my growth as an author. I hope that you will stick around to see me into what will inevitably be a flourishing career. Authors are oftentimes nothing without their readers. Please keep an eye out for the stories that will pop in next week – and in the meantime, keep making the world a better place!

Yours,

Alixx Black

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Possible Schedule Changes

Dear Readers,

Hey, so when I started this blog in July I wasn’t working. My plans were always to return to work in October, because I only made financial arrangements for a six month hiatus to focus on writing. As with all things in life, I need to think about my family and my obligations to them financially. As such, I will be returning to work on a part-time basis within 7-10 days. I do already have a position that I’ve accepted.

I am going to do all I can to avoid changing my schedule. You may have noticed that last week my posts have been coming at odd hours, or even last, or even not at all. My Opinion Monday is the most time consuming part of running this blog and I did not post according to the schedule last week. The article that I was doing and the idea I had chosen were subpar quality and I decided it was more appropriate to skip and post a week late. I’m glad I did because the article I did post was much better, and you can read it here.

For sure, I’m going to change the schedule for My Opinion Monday. Right now I’m thinking I want to do the last Monday of every month and only post once am month instead of biweekly. I usually log 10-15 hours working on the article just writing and editing. Typically I do 2-5 additional hours of research and outlining prior to that, which seems like an unnecessary amount of work to someone outside – but article writing takes a long time when you want to write a quality piece. When I decide what Monday of the month I want to post I will be sure to update the home page to reflect that change.

As for Writing the World and Flash Fiction – those schedules shouldn’t change. Those aren’t nearly as time consuming because 1) the pieces are shorter, 2) I usually write and edit the day before posting, and 3) I could easily work on these on my days off and queue the work for posting according the set schedule. It wouldn’t be that difficult to work around things to make those remain consistent. A big part of maintaining an author blog is regular posting, so I don’t want to compromise too much of what I’ve been working on for almost three months.

If anyone has any concerns, ideas, or suggestions – you’re always welcome to leave suggestions in the comments. For now I’ve got something manageable and I just want to make sure that there’s new content coming to you at least twice a week! I want to thank you for your readership and I hope that you stick with me through whatever changes the blog goes through in the coming weeks!

Yours,

ab

Expanding Content

Dear Readers:

I am adding a couple of new sections to this blog. I enter writing contests when I can and I would like to start sharing those contest entries here as well. Not all of my entries placed, and you’ll know if they’ve placed because typically there’s a waiting period or posting restrictions. Those entries will be redirected as required by the host.

As for my entries that do not place or do not have restrictions, I’ll just post them here. I am proud of the work that I put into the stories and wish to share them with others. Please check out the entries as they come in and let me know what you think!¬†Thanks for checking me out and I hope my work is satisfying your needs for a quick read!

Yours,

ab