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Out With the Old

I am not a proponent of new years resolutions, generally speaking. While I’m not an extremist zealot about it, I do, sometimes, think seriously about the ridiculousness of time and dates.

Last year was a constant barrage of how horrible 2020 was and talk of yelling Jumanji instead of Happy New Year at midnight and the more those talks continued, the more I thought about this arbitrary thing we call a year.

At 11:59 pm, November 1, 2001, I was not mature enough to drink alcohol. At midnight, sixty seconds later, I magically matured. I feel like New Years Eve is the same concept. 12:01 am January 1, everything resets and all the problems of the previous year are erased.

So I don’t get on board with resolutions.

Goals are a little different to resolutions, though, and I saw someone else talk about the things they are leaving behind in the coming year–everything from judgment to junk–that no longer serves them. So I thought I’d try a little of that.

First off, goals.

I obviously have two books coming out this year. I heard a lot of excuses regarding the status of the first one and why C0VID was to blame for it’s low performance but truly I hope it’s because it’s the first of a series and people are waiting until they can get all three. Because I don’t find comfort in the idea that in a year of homebound free time, the reason people, who are boasting about reading 2-300 books in 2020, did not buy mine.

No, I’m far more comforted by the idea that sales will jump in September with the release of the third book.

But in addition to that, I want to put out some short fiction.

I don’t know that I want to get involved in more anthologies. They are a lot of work for what amounts to “exposure” in the long run.

Sure I have awards from Dragons Within and an LGBTQ bestseller for Fractured Realities but …

A lot of work for very little pay off.

That’s not saying I won’t take the opportunity if the right one comes along; I just don’t plan to seek them out.

In terms of what I want to leave behind–I have taken on a great deal of anger in 2020 and I don’t like it. I am not an angry person but circumstances–

I have absolutely heard people outright refuse to be vaccinated then in the next breath suggest none of this is ever going to end; masks and isolation are life now, concerts and festivals and conventions will never come back. Well yeah, Karen, if you refuse to get a FREE AND SAFE vaccine, then, yes, you’re correct. It will never end.

But I don’t want to be angry. I am a positive, kind, pleasant person. My customer service voice IS my normal voice. I want to be that person again.

So I guess that’s my how we’re starting 2021 post. If you want to follow along on these quests, follow me here and join me on Patreon.

Greetings and salutations!

Hello.

Let me begin by introducing myself and what I’m doing here. I am award-winning*, bestselling* author D. Gabrielle Jensen and I am a flaming disaster when it comes to blogging. I forget to keep up with it, I don’t follow a theme, I don’t tell people it exists.

But we’re going to give it another go.

I have another blog on Patreon and ultimately, in a world of perfect algorithms and SEO and discoverability, I would like all traffic to end up there. But that’s not the world we live in. Patreon, itself, does not have a discover feature; you have to go there knowing what you’re looking for. To an extent. You can search for “writers” and it will spit back all creators who consider themselves writers but you then have to visit each one individually – frankly, I think it’s more than the average consumer wants to deal with.

In the past, however, I have gotten a fair amount of traffic on WordPress, organically. Meaning that random ass people find me just because of my keen knack for tagging posts. I hope that this new interface works the same way and I can maybe get some organic traffic here.

WordPress is also less salty about directing traffic off-site. With each passing day, Facebook and Instagram are getting stickier and stickier about suppressing posts with links to external sites. They want that ad revenue for themselves.

Case in point: I have an app on my phone called Mistplay. You play games for points and then you can use those points to get gift cards. It’s pretty awesome. But! You can’t share your referral link to Mistplay on Facebook. Not even in a private message. It gets kicked back with a message that it violates community standards.

Why?

Because it’s a lot of the same games you can play on Facebook. Words With Friends, Coin Master, Bingo Blitz, a variety of slots games, a variety of solitaire card games, all of which are also connected to Facebook. So if you play through Facebook, they get a cut of the ad revenue. If you play through Mistplay, THEY get that cut.

It’s logical from a business standpoint but from a user standpoint, it kind of sucks.

Also, discoverability on Facebook is a bit of a mess. Instagram’s decent but with the same algorithm insanity. TikTok is actually working pretty well for me but I’m struggling to find enough content to keep it going. So, we’re going to see what we can do about making this work. Maybe I can get out in front of people this way.

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