I’ve been thinking about buying my own URL for this blog and turning it (or a part of it) into a portfolio of my professional writing/editing work, because I have a lot of that type of thing lying around in disorganization. I’ve also been thinking about using this blog to advertise my editing skills, so that I can find some type of freelance work, which is extraordinarily hard to come by these days.
But at the same time, this blog has always been mostly about my own fiction writing and things that I hope to one day have published. I wouldn’t want to alienate my readers by changing this blog into something different, or by advertising my own abilities – I hate talking about myself and that makes me uncomfortable. I still have a professional “portfolio” website, but it hasn’t been updated in a while, and I wanted to buy the domain for it so it wouldn’t have one of those “Weebly” or “Webs” URLs. That professional website also has fiction writing samples of when I’ve been published before, but I haven’t had anything published since 2009, so I think it might look strange if everything stops at 2009. (Note to self: Get more stuff published!)
I’d really like to combine everything on this blog: my fiction writing, my professional writing, and my editing samples, but at the same time, I feel like it would be too much.
Another thought I had was possibly re-learning some HTML and CSS or learning Adobe Dreamweaver to create my own website – without any pre-made templates. That would take quite a long time, but I think it would definitely be worth it. Employers like to see that you’ve been creative and that you’ve taken initiative. Plus, web design skills are always helpful. And I wanted to learn desktop publishing software at some point. I keep seeing “knowledge of Adobe InDesign” in job ads and it makes me feel bad that I haven’t yet learned it.
Hmm… all of this is going to require quite a bit more thought. It’s been weighing on my mind for some time, and now I feel like I’ve made my thoughts a little more organized.