My blog site is http://www.alyzenmoonshadow.com
My website is http://www.alyzenmoonshadow.wix.com/alyzenmoonshadow
So why do I have both a blog AND a website? Good question! In my case, I didn’t have a website prior to May this year, until I wanted to be featured on Carolyn Edlund’s ArtsyShark page http://www.artsyshark.com/2013/08/09/featured-artist-alyzen-moonshadow/, and the requirement was to have a website. Not knowing any code (seeing even a page of it makes me fall asleep!), I turned to Wix. Over the last weekend of April I laboured over the Wix site, choosing my theme, colour scheme, fonts, adding widgets and other add-ons, etc…until finally, many, many hours later, I was able to produce the site you see above. It was quite an enjoyable experience, creating my website, even though loading the hundreds of images onto it took quite some time. I am now also an Amazon affiliate, so if you purchase a book from Amazon through surfing onto my webpage, I will be in line to get paid a few pennies.
But, a web page is a static entity. I regard mine as a depository for my best works, for images that I feel best represent me. My website is an online portfolio that I can refer potential customers or Licensees to, when pitching to them. Or simply so I can show my friends and family when they ask to see examples of my work.
A Blog, on the other hand, is a live entity. It’s like an ongoing Journal where the writer shares his or her thoughts and creative processes, or ruminates on topical subjects, or has a rant, or shares a recipe. I only started this blog in July, and when I sat writing my very first post, I was thinking to myself “What the heck am I supposed to write about, that people will even want to read?”. That first post was the hardest to write, but it does get easier, believe me. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. The more I write, the more ideas I find to talk about.
I was reading a book called “Not Quite Nigella” the other day, bought as a Kindle edition from Amazon (so I could read it on my Galaxy S4 on the commute to work in the mornings, without having to lug around a physical book). The writer, Lorraine Elliott, started out by writing a blog about her Food adventures, and then her readership gathered momentum and grew exponentially over the course of a few short years…and before she knew it, the blog was being turned into an actual book. My readership number is still in the teens as I write this, but who knows, if enough people find my musings interesting enough to start following me, I may have the beginnings of my autobiography right here? Or, I could get it printed for posterity and leave it to my son, so he can remember his wacky Mum by her wacky words.
So, I blog because I find it cathartic to write down my thoughts, and to share my knowledge with my readers, and make a few new friends and increase my social circles. I keep a website as my online portfolio, and I update it once a month at least. There are many hosts for both blogs and websites, but I chose WordPress and Wix both for their ease of use. As I’ve said before, I’m not a techie, and I don’t want to be confronted with pages of mind-numbing and mind-boggling code. I’m a cut-n-paste, drag-n-drop kind of girl! And for me, WordPress and Wix offer me peace of mind, and more time to do what I like to do, which is write and create more mobile photography images.