Monday Links and News – 09.30.2013

Big news–I’m speaking about WordPress at a Central Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America lunch ‘n learn this Friday afternoon (12 PM to 1ish PM). My main focus will be discussing the differences between self-hosted WordPress (via wordpress.org) and blogging on wordpress.com. If you are a member of PRSA and want to learn a few WordPress tips, please register today.

In writing news, I decided to do another edit of my latest novel, Riddle of the White Gun. With the wedding, and wedding planning, over, I have more free time (well, more mental free time at least). I am still looking for an agent, but I’ll focus on the agent search more once I finish this latest edit. It feels good to be working on fiction again.

I’m considering overhauling this site, at the very least switching to a different theme. This WordPress theme has a few quirks I’m tired of, and it doesn’t display correctly in older versions of Internet Explorer (which people still use!).

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Monday Links and News – 09.23.2013

More tweaks on Clattertron last week, as I worked on focusing on getting more subscribers. I made custom subscribe buttons/banners with, to use the web marketing phrase, ‘call to actions.’ The upside of putting hours of work into drawing my own comics is, I have plenty of artwork to choose from when making ads and buttons. I don’t recycle art for comics (unless I absolutely have to), but I don’t have a problem reusing a panel for website stuff or marketing items.

Part of me would love to watch a time lapse of the different incarnations of the Clattetron homepage. A website is never ‘finished,’ it is a living thing. At least mine are (specifically, Clattertron). It is easy to fall down the rabbit hole of website tweaks though–”maybe if I change this, or how about I move this around”–when the time might be better spent actually creating content. Yes, I would rather use the hours spent tweaking my website to write posts or draw a comic, but if the tweaks make the website better, then the time is well spent. “Better,” of course, is highly subjective.

In non-website news, I’ll be performing ten minutes of stand up comedy next month at the Church of Comedy. Details in this recent Friday Six post on Clattertron. It is a free event, and don’t let the name fool you–there is nothing ‘churchy’ going on.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s new blog, with a humor focus, is on clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 09.16.2013

I pretty much have Clattertron back to where it was before switching to Comic Easel and the new version of ComicPress. There are a few differences I need to tweak, but I’m happy (and there are some new features I really enjoy). The upside to being done with wedding planning is, all of that time and mental energy is diverted back to working on my creative stuff. I really need to work on a short story or a new novel again (and do another edit of Riddle of the White Gun). Writing comics and humor posts are fun and all, but it isn’t the same as writing fiction. Regarding short stories and a new novel, I have ideas for both (and then some).

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Monday Links and News – 09.09.2013 – I’m Still Alive Edition

Yes, I’m still alive.

I know there has not been an update here in nearly a month, but hey, I had a wedding to get ready for (or if you prefer, a hitchin’ ta git ready fer). I did a quick recap of our wedding over on Clattertron, so please give it a read. I’ll write more about the our special day, but Stephanie and I are happy all of the stress and headaches of wedding planning are over. Now we just have the stress and headaches of married life. Huzzah! (Kidding, of course).

I’m running the illustrations I did for our wedding program on Clattertron as comics–here is the first. I think there will be eight total, one each week day until I run them all. It is nice to see what running a daily comic is like (and certainly helps ye olde traffic), but it won’t last. In a perfect world, sure, I would like to do a daily strip, but that just isn’t in the cards right now–I don’t have the time, and it would cut into time for writing articles on the site (which actually helps with ads and such more than comics. Keywords, yo).

Anywho–MARRIAGE. So far so good. We’re both looking forward to our honeymoon, as we haven’t really had any kind of vacation the past two summers (Summer ’12 was spent moving in together and Summer ’13 was all wedding planning all the time).

Click away and catch up, y’all.

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Monday Links and News – 08.12.2013

Remember that thing I said last week about not playing around with ad locations on Clattertron for the rest of the month? Welp, that didn’t last long (I just got tired of where a couple were, and they weren’t really doing anything). I read an article which gave me a couple ideas (mainly, not having all your ads on the same side) and decided to tweak.

On the other side of marketing, I began running a Facebook ad for the Clattertron page. So far, so good I guess. Since Facebook is one of my main referrers, I figured it didn’t hurt to try it for a month. The good thing about advertising through Facebook (as well as Google AdWords and Project Wonderful) is I can set an overall max budget for the month (and per day too). I figure, $20 is worth it for an experiment.

What I really need to work on is selling my own stuff, like shirts and comic collections via Gumroad. Both will probably have to wait until after the wedding, but I’m at the point where I want to start trying.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s new blog, with a humor focus, is on clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and failed escape plans
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.