Introducing The Hungry Writer – and wrapping the week

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that this week’s wrap-up is coming to you from a different website.  I’m phasing And Anyways out and am in the process of transferring some of the content across to here.

Why have I done this?

I originally created the author page midway through last year with the aim of showcasing my books and a focus on building my author profile – with a view to, of course, selling more books. There’s no point creating a product if no one knows about it.

And Anyways started life in 2012 as an overflow blog for everything I wanted to write about that didn’t fit on my astro site. With very few exceptions my astrology readers didn’t want to know about my travels, my life, or my writing. They just wanted the astro. Given that there’s a lot of them – almost 400,000 visitors in 2016, that’s what I give them. But I still wanted to write about my life – my travel, my experiences, the things that inspire my fiction. And anyways was created.

Yet, as I’ve begun publishing fiction the site address – a nod to a phrase I use constantly – has proven to be problematic. This came to a head a couple of months ago when there was a lot of confusion about what my site address actually was for the RWA program.

It’s become clear that I have 2 personas:

  • Jo Tracey who writes DIY astrology and
  • Joanne Tracey who writes fiction

My site statistics tell me:

  • There is negligible crossover from the Jo Tracey Astrology to either joannetracey.com or andanyways.com. Even when I’ve specifically linked in a post or a newsletter.
  • There is a little traffic from anyanyways.com to the astro site
  • There’s a lot of traffic from andanyways.com to joannetracey.com – and vice versa.

This tells me that the rambles of the hungry writer (my tagline for and anyways.com) and the books created by the hungry writer – based on those rambles – belong together.

It hasn’t sat well with me to have these posts on a different site from the books they inspired.  Baby, It’s You and Big Girls Don’t Cry are both set partially in Bali. Baby, It’s You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and I Want You Back are set mostly in Melbourne – as will be the catchily titled Book After I Want You Back and Book After The Book After I Want You Back. Wish You Were Here is split between The Cotswolds in England and Queenstown, New Zealand.

In splitting the sites I’ve compromised both my traffic and my reach – and made life harder for myself from a content creation viewpoint. Yes, I’m a travel and lifestyle blogger, but primarily I’m an author.

To cut a long and increasingly boring story short, this site, The Hungry Writer, will be where you’ll find all my posts.  I’ve purchased the domain the hungrywriter.com.au and will be pointing it in this direction over the next week or so.

I still have some tweaking to do and widgets to set up, but I hope you can find your way around here ok.

For my and anyways readers, there will usually be one writing post a week going up here – probably on a Wednesday. For my author page readers, you’ll be seeing more travel and lifestyle posts. I’d really love it if we can all get along.

And for my astro readers? Jo Tracey Astrology is remaining unchanged. You’ll find it where it always is – here. I’m also keeping my Sunshine Coast blog separated for now too. If you’re interested in places to go, see and eat at on the Sunshine Coast, you’ll find them here.

Ok, without further ado, let’s do a quick wrap of the week. Other than redesigning my website, what else went down?

What I struggled with…

Time zone changes. Where I live – in Queensland – we didn’t go to daylight saving. This wouldn’t be that much of an issue if it weren’t for the fact that mine (and my husband’s) work is based entirely back to Sydney. I’ve kept my work laptop configured to Sydney time, but even so, it’s seriously doing my head in.

What frustrated me…

My astro website was down for what amounted to 2 whole days. This was due to an outage of the server that it’s hosted on. Beyond annoying.

What I didn’t see…

Sunrise. We had a couple of days of rain here this week – we really needed it – but mostly I didn’t see the sunrise because it’s now peeking its head above the horizon at about 5.20am – and getting a minute earlier each day.

What thrilled me…

Seeing the purple flowers appear on the jacaranda tree in the verge. There’s also a papaya tree, but that’s another story.

What I learnt…

The name of this plant – also in the verge. Thanks to my instagram followers, I now know that it’s an Ixora.

Where we lunched…

In our unrelenting search to find the perfect place to have a beer on a sunny afternoon – I know, it’s a challenge most sensible people would shy away from – we tried out Guru Life. I loved the spicy corn fritters, the pineapple wallpaper on the counter, the leafy courtyard, the mis-matched furniture and the duck pond.

You can read more about it here.

Also on the Sunny Coast site, was something on another beer garden/bar/Mexican restaurant – La Canteena.

Phew, that was my week – how was yours?

16 Replies to “Introducing The Hungry Writer – and wrapping the week”

    1. The way I figured it, if it was confusing me & I was faffing about what post to post on which site, I hated to think how much it was confusing anyone else. The clincher came the other week when a regular reader mentioned that she didn’t know that I wrote fiction.

  1. Wow what a hectic week! Sorry you missed your sunrises. Daylight Savings ticked me off too, as I also work online a lot and felt out of kilter all week. All the best with your blog migration/merge! Have a great week.

    1. I reckon I’ve seen my last sunrise until they’re back at a normal person’s time i.e. about 6am. Wishing you a great week too!

  2. I’m excited about the new site and it does make sense. I think a lot of writers have blogs attached to their sites and the fact the crossover exists makes a lot of sense.

    Oh, I didn’t think about the time difference for your job. I remember many many eons ago working in a place where some of us had to start and finish early and others kept the same hours. Very strange. (And annoying as I’d love daylight saving!)

  3. OK, I am pretty sure I get it now but for some reason I did think you were still calling your site by your name. I blame anaesthetic for that …how long can I blame confusion on that I wonder?
    Jo, clearly you are passionate and your voice is a great one to be shared. I like how much you take where you are and create beautiful photos as well as engaging posts. Keep on keeping on I say but as for no DLS in Old and working to Sydney time, I would find that hard too. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 39/52. Next week: Letter to My 20 year old Self.

    1. Lol re the anaesthetic. My site is Joanne Tracey – the tagline is the hungry writer – I used that with and anyways too. Thanks also for your words re my pics. 🙂

  4. I’m impressed that you’ve managed so many websites and have written so many books! I recently merged my writing blog and my personal blog under sanchwrites because I figured it could be a writer’s platform. I also have a separate psychology blog but I find it hard to maintain both while also trying to write a novel! Any tips on how you do all of it would be much appreciated! Looking forward to seeing your new home.

    1. Hey Sanch, thanks for dropping in. Tips? I have no flipping idea how I manage! Seriously though, I set aside a couple of hours each week for content creation i.e. blogs, but every other spare minute is writing. My biggest tip? Don’t edit the first draft until it’s completely done. Just let those words pour out & laugh at them at rewrite time.

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