I started this blogventure with the thought that I would look at starting a website soon after. That's been put on a back burner - the Day Job, my writing, and the busy social life has made the decision for me. AND, I often wonder what I would put on a website to keep it fresh, keep readers coming back. The Husband is a webmaster for a car dealership (he'll be my 'go to guy' when I'm ready to start constructing) and his number one goal is to drive customers to the webpage. In order to do that, he needs to change it, refresh it, make it worth the customers' time to check out the website on a, hopefully, daily basis. I surf the web a lot - and most blogs or webpages that don't update often usually get a pass after a while. So, I am much like the customers searching for an automobile.
As of right now, I don't have a lot to drive readers to a website - unless I linked my blog (which I would). But there's more to it than just a blog. My friend Jana Richards posts short stories on her website. That will definitely be one page I would develop (and have a few short stories ready to go - others in the development stage). A bio page is a must, and Roni Griffin has a great idea to make an autobiography a lot more exciting than "I was born...". BTW - Roni's blog is one that is talking self-promotion; so head on over and have a read. And that's as far as I've gotten on my website plans. For really great information on creating a website (and what to include on the darn thing), check out QueryTracker.net (and take some time to look around there, they're a wealth of information).
Whew, I was going to talk about other self-promotion stuff, but this is getting long. Come back Thursday and we'll chat about Facebook, Twitter, and my personal time manager Google Reader (k, it's available to everyone, but I like to refer to it as mine). I'll have some more links to blogposts talking about self-promotion and some to help with time management.
You know the question already - do you have a website? Are you thinking of starting one? What pages do you think are important and do you think it's important to have one prior to getting published? As a reader, what makes you return to a website?
Have a great Tuesday, People of Blogland :)