You should hear the conversation between my work mind and my creative writer’s mind (yeah, a little crazy but it helps when you’re a writer) as they negotiate what exactly is going to get done this spring.
And then they go downstairs to meet the reality of what the significant other’s to-do list looks like. Normally, at this point both minds agree a strong, “Yes, Dear,” another cup of coffee, and a strategic retreat is the best option.
But having said that
It’s time to jump-start all the projects that lagged along for the last month or two of flu and cold-season.
So with a full pot of coffee and the battery booster sitting beside my desk in case I slow down, I give you the new projects for this coming season.
Note that most of this is the work mind talking
The Garden Websites
My rational/analytic mind looked at the DougGreensGarden website analytics and told me most of the content wasn’t being visited. This is a common problem with bigger, older sites so I now have a perennial plant site, a vegetable garden site and a blog/review/rant/minor plants site.
I’ll rebuild or add one post a week from each site (and if you’re as good at math as I am, you’ll calculate that’s 12 posts a month). So moving forward, readers will now see new or rebuilt posts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Note this is not carved in stone and given the income generated from the sites (see below) I’m not promising anything.
Batch Work And The Writer’s Mind
This is seldom talked about in garden writing circles but I batch work most of my projects. In the case of new website posts or the rebuilds, the first day of every month is update-the-websites time. New or rebuilt posts are scheduled for the entire month in one frenetic writing period.
Where One Writer’s Mind Screws Up
My creative mind made the mistake of writing about my reaction to some trolls on Youtube. This isn’t an uncommon experience but after several years of negativity around one particular video, I’d had enough and vented about it. But…
The vast majority of readers read gardening websites for the fantasy in their minds of a great garden – and not for the reality of being a garden writer. This was a great lesson however (for me – again.)
Having said that, I was grateful for the support from a small but vocal group of readers.
A practical result of this lesson is I will no longer be posting these kinds of website notes. And, I will no longer automatically post this website to that gardening page either.
If something pings off my mind during the month, it’s added. But the main work is now done in one work period.
Total Income From Websites Is…
The hard reality is the garden websites and videos no longer make much money. However, they still take up a ton of time to write/video/photograph. Ad rates are low – so income averages around $3 per 1000 visitors – most folks are now ad-blind and don’t click. Affiliate links to Amazon or ebook links are not used in any significant way.
Total monthly income from the garden websites and videos doesn’t buy a decent dinner for my better half and I.
I now consider the few hours a month I now spend on them as volunteer time. It’s more about paying it forward from all the folks who’ve helped me in the past.
But this also means the hours are limited.
Ebooks: The Income
The remaining time is now split between the fiction and non-fiction book writing.
In case you’re interested, I use KDPRocket as my project identification software for writing books.
I’ve spent some time in the past two months (trying to catch up after a serious cold he says with a rather large sigh…) making lists of non-fiction books I’d be interested in writing.
That cold was something I wouldn’t avoid – a Christmas cold delivered by a team of grandchildren from different schools and continents who believe in hugging Papa.
The way I’m looking at it this month is the non-fiction books are the solid base hits. They’re easier to get with some strategic work. The fiction books are the swing-for-the-fences work and they pay off with home runs or, much more often, collapse into a fly ball that’s easily caught.
But having said that, the speculation about the future of writing and books is absolutely
fascinating, terrifying, amazing.
The fiction work is coming along slowly but surely as my writer’s mind grapples with the organizational issues of very large projects with several sequential story lines.
Having finally sorted out the garden writing work (at least in my mind at the time I’m writing this) I expect to be able to move these projects forward much faster. We’ll see in another few months how this plan works.
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.”Robbie Burns
Modern Translation; Shit happens
One Last Thing: Brave Browser
I’m using the Brave Browser and have been for some time. This is a high-security browsing spinoff from the Chrome browser. In other words, this browser works like Chrome, has all the Chrome extensions like LastPass my password manager, but is set up to be secure rather than sharing everything with the Big G.
As a last note, LastPass is free (I pay the few dollars a year to support them) and is the best password manager I’ve ever used. Period. And I’ve used several of the highest rated ones.