Oh-oh. Someone must have forgotten to lock the door and someone came in and rearranged the furniture and painted the walls. Or maybe the elves came visiting overnight. Whatever the explanation, it seems MGC has a new look.
The truth is not quite as exciting as someone coming in overnight and changing things while we all slept or elves–and I’ve never really trusted them. Figure they’re more like their cousins, the gremlins, than they want us to know. You see, we’ve been putting out heads together and we took a long, hard look at the blog and where we wanted it to go.
Sarah and Dave started MGC back in 2008. At the time, the idea was to use the blog to promote the work of the bloggers. It was a time where traditional publishing was pretty much the only game in town. Oh, we had Fictionwise and a few other options for writers but indie publishing had yet to take hold.
That changed not too long after and, as some of the original members of the blog decided they wanted to move on, the blog’s focus started to change. Sarah and Dave wanted to pay it forward. Writers along the way had helped them and they wanted to find a way to utilize blogging and social media to help new writers trying to navigate their way through the rapidly changing landscape of publishing.
More than 4,000 posts later (give or take a few), it is time to once again look at where MGC is going. Don’t worry, we aren’t throwing the baby out with the bathwater. But we are making a course change. We’ll continue to do posts about the state of the industry as well as how-to posts, we are going to return to our roots. We’re going to use the blog to promote our work.
Don’t worry. It’s not going to turn into a “Buy my book!” site where every posts begs you to run to Amazon. What it does mean is pulling back the curtain a bit and letting you get a glimpse into who we are, what we do and where our crazy characters come from. This means you’ll be seeing more posts as well. Each day will start with a post by one of us, sort of our “post of the day” (to borrow a phrase from another blog where I write). Our aim is to have at least a couple more posts after that. It may be a quick promo post if one of us has a new release or puts something up for sale. It may be a breaking industry news story. It may be a cute cat video. We’re mad, after all, so you never know what will show up.
What we are trying to do is expand our audience. So, instead of being a blog by writers for writers (and those who want to be) it will be a blog for them and for fans of our writing who might not necessarily want to learn how to put together a cover or convert a manuscript or who care about what’s going on in the industry.
Some of the changes will be cosmetic, such as the appearance of the blog. I’m not sure this will be the theme we stick with, but we’re trying it on to see if it “fits”. If you check the menu, you’ll see we now have a tab where you can “meet” the bloggers. This is a work in progress and should be finished over the next couple of days. Also coming will be a page (of possibly pages) for each blogger where you can check out their books currently for sale. We hope to have that up by the weekend.
I know, I know. We could have waited to reveal the new look until all the parts of the site were ready. The problem with that is we’re writers. We’re easily distracted. Oooh, shiny…oh, wait, sorry. Damned popcorn kittens. What was I saying?
Oh, yeah, we’re easily distracted. Also, no matter how much testing you do in the sandbox for a new theme, the only way to make sure it really works is to activate it. We’d rather do that with a page or two at a time. It gives me–the blog’s tech person (scary thought)–a better chance to find and issues and fix them quickly than if the entire site went live at one time.
Another change that will start happening this week is we’ll be transferring from a FB page to a FB group. Those of you who have already “liked” the page will get notices of the change and the chance to join the group. Look for that to start happening by the weekend.
We hope you will bear with us during the transition. We do want feedback from you about what sorts of posts you’d like to see.
Most of all, we want each of you to know how much your support of the blog has meant to each of us. We hope you will enjoy the blog as much going forward as you have in the past.
I’ll be back in an hour or so with my “real” post for the day. For now, it’s time for coffee and to see if I broke anything with the blog by trying to do this before finishing the first mug of that lifesaving brew.