Working on updating the blog

If you visit the site directly you surely noticed that some things have changed. I spent a lot of time trying out WordPress.org only to find out that it was pretty awful and that really I enjoy using WordPress.com and I can’t think of a reason to change that right now. So you’ll still be able to subscribe to me in all the ways you already do with the added bonus that the url: http://www.wrenemerson.com will also bring you here.

One of the things I changed was to put a little bit of information about myself into the sidebar. My About page is one of my most popular pages. It is usually the 3rd or 4th most looked at page on any given day. I made it with no idea of what to write about myself. I won’t lie. I’m terrible at thinking up that sort of thing.

So here’s the deal, friends, enemies, and stalkers: I’m going to build an FAQ and possibly redo my about page, but only if I get hit with some awesome inspiration. This is your opportunity to ask me whatever you want.

There are limits, of course. I prefer to keep some things to myself like the names of my minions or my exact location. But for the most part I’m willing to answer pretty much anything you can come up with. Some ideas are questions about my writing process, my books, my road to publication so far.

This will be an ongoing project, I’m sure, and I’m planning to update it as new questions are asked, but I think this should at least give me a starting point and a reason to have an FAQ. Just leave your questions in the comments, send them to me via Twitter (@wrenem), or email them to wrenemerson(at)gmail(dot)com. I won’t release any names with the questions so go crazy.

While I’m thinking about it, I’d also like to make a blogroll on my sidebar, although it might be awhile in coming since I can’t seem to find a better way to do it than to code the html by hand. Are you blogger who’d like to be included? Just leave me your URL, blog title, and a sentence or so about your primary focus. Mine would be Wren’s Writing Nest- a blog about indie publishing from an aspiring author. Or something like that. I totally suck at writing crap like that. But you get the idea. I’ll check them out to make sure nobody’s trying to slip me some donkey porn or something and group them by categories as a resource to people who visit my blog. So please use this opportunity to shamelessly plug your blog. Undoubtedly someone is looking for a blog just like yours.

Also, just for fun, this is the collage from which I cropped the header for my blog:

full art

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14 responses to “Working on updating the blog

  1. Love the new look. It’s very… umm… Nesty. 🙂

  2. love the knew site. I’m going to shamelessly have you plug my blog as well. It’s at http://www.tmsouders.com . As far as descriptions go, you could just go with what’s on the top of my blog page, which is: Writing, Publishing, Motherhood, Random Musings…thanks!

  3. The Link widget (http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/links-widget/) seems like it would work a bit more easily. I’d be proud to be on your sidebar.

    http://www.benlanghinrichs.net

    Description could be something like, “Ben doesn’t no stinkin’ muse. He’s a writer.” or a more sedate “Ben writes about unicorns, zombies and occasionally zombie unicorns.”

  4. Should be “Ben doesn’t need no stinkin’ muse. He’s a writer.”

  5. I would love to be on your sidebar (and can help you with the links widget if you need it.). E-mail me if you need help. My blog is Tales From The Mom-Side: My Adventures as a Working Mom. With 1 husband, 1 9 year old daughter, and 3 dogs – an 11 yo Aussie shepherd mix who is the best behaved dog we have ever had, and the Twins of Trouble, Mandy, a 5 yo husky basset hound mix, and Darwin, a 2 year old lab/Great Dane mix ( we think ) I have a lot of funny material to work with. I blog 5days a week, M-F. The URL is http://www.workingmomadventures.com. Heck , I’d be honored if you just visited the blog and liked it enough to subscribe! (I’ll help with the links even if you don ‘ t to put my blog up or visit it.). Have a nice night!

  6. kardaen

    Add me Wren! http://the-verge-trm.blogspot.com/
    Good luck on your remodel!

  7. Jenny

    Hi twitter friend. I’d loveee to be included in your blog roll! Such a sweet idea. http://rentheaded.blogspot.com/ is the URL. and the description is “a whirlwind recap of life in the spotlight of RENT… and all the backstage drama.”

  8. Very nice. I like the new look. 🙂

  9. Sierra.Komodo

    Hey Wren, nice to see I’m not the only one planning a new look, although I seem to be the only one procrastinating. I haven’t the foggiest idea how best to organize things or anything of that sort, so I’m at a loss on that note. Think you can give a fella some pro tips?

    Anyway.. I do have a couple questions for you, and a shameless URL drop.

    First: What is your favorite genre of writing? Why?

    Second: What is your favorite setting/timeperiod (I.e. Apocalyptic/Sci-Fi, Fantasy/Medieval, Military/Modern, etc etc)? Why?

    And third: http://sierrakomodo.wordpress.com is the URL, and the description… Yeah, that’s something I need to work on too. -Mutters about his procrastination issues-

    • My absolute favorite books are horror, specifically anything to do with zombies, post apocalyptic, or dystopian. Ironically, I don’t feel like I am very talented in that direction so I haven’t done much writing in that style.

      I’ll add your url when I put the list together. I’m thinking I’ll start that sometime next week since it’s going to be a project and a half. You aren’t the only one who procrastinates.

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