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The New Website

It was time for a big update at  ElizabethBoyle.com.  My site had been up and running for nearly 6 years without very much tinkering and like my office at home (which I am also redoing–pictures coming next week!) it was time for more than just paint and new curtains.  It was time for an entirely new approach. 

So I decided to make my entire website revolve around a blog.  This blog.

A friend emailed me this week and asked a good question.  “Why a blog?  Are you crazy?”  She went on to remind me of the one the thing I’d said in the last few years about blogging:  time spent blogging could be time spent writing.

And she’s right.  Or rather, I was right when I said it.  Time spent blogging is time that could be spent writing.  But in the last year, I’ve sort of found some balance in my writing life and starting reading blogs when I had a chance.  And I was hooked.  So when I decided to redo my website, I decided I wanted to build the new site around the blog.  To make my website more interactive, to give readers a chance to have a voice on my site, as well as for me to have an open and running dialogue with writers, readers, booksellers and anyone else who wanders by.

Other writers are building communities with bulletin boards, and group blogs, but I tend to like coffee with friends.  BBSs are too busy for me and group blogs–well, I tried it once and didn’t like it all that much.  I knew what I wanted to do–chat and yak and gossip with my good friends.  Share the news when I get it, not once a month in a website update, and hear what you all have to say. 

All this, while starting a new book.  And school letting the kids out.  And my office all in boxes as I rearrange the house. 

As I said to my friend who called me crazy, “Of course I am.  But I’ve got a Plan.”

Next up:  The Plan

7 comments to “The New Website”

  1. Keira Soleore
    June 8th, 2007 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Cool, Elizabeth. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for your site and for your readers!!!

  2. Helen
    June 8th, 2007 at 1:55 pm · Link

    This is going to be fun I will defiantly be popping in everyday Thanks
    Have Fun

  3. Karen H in NC
    June 10th, 2007 at 6:04 am · Link

    Hi, I finally found the link to your blog and just added it to my favorites list. So glad to have another great place to visit daily just to see what’s happening in your world.

    Look forward to reading about your new books and stuff.

  4. Janelle
    June 10th, 2007 at 4:39 pm · Link

    I’m excited that you’ve got a blog now!

  5. AndreaW
    June 10th, 2007 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Yup, let’s all enjoy the ride! 🙂

    Looking forward to The Plan….

  6. "Aunt Mary"
    June 11th, 2007 at 12:36 am · Link

    Hi Elizabeth!
    Just finished “This Rake of Mine” and like all other books of yours I’ve read, loved it.

    You are so much more than a fabulous author that I’m bookmarking your site and blog.

    Your boxes will get unpacked, the chaos will settle and then, you can get to your plan!

    Been there, done that – xx years later, I’m actually starting to do it. LOL!

  7. Elizabeth
    June 11th, 2007 at 11:57 am · Link

    Glad to see you along! And Aunt Mary as well!! Your post made me smile! Please note she is not my aunt per se, but I always call her Aunt Mary as a joke.

    The office process is progressing. Got my old office all ready for the kiddos–they move in tonight and then I will scrub and paint their room tomorrow. I promise pictures–but I have to figure out how–I just switched to a Mac, and while I had one years ago, they are not the Macs I had back then, so I feel like I am learning how to compute all over again. Fun and challenging.

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