Something catastrophic just happened to my restauranteur friend, Joe. He accidentally deleted his whole website… gone, poof! Aargh!
If that wasn’t bad enough, he then ended up having to pay GoDaddy quite a large fee for them to restore it, which could have been avoided if he’d known why it’s imperative to have a method of automatically squirrelling away your site on a regular basis.
But no one tells you this when you decide to have a go at setting up your website yourself.
There is no “do-this-do-that…” manual that every new website owner magically receives.
And that’s why I’m here, putting it all down in my book so you don’t have to be in the dark any longer.
This Week’s Book Progress
I’m sure beginning the writing process is the bit every writer probably looks forward to the most. It’s the time when all the ideas you have queuing up in your mind get to explode onto the page, hopefully in some sort of organised line-up rather than a spew of words that no one can understand.
With my book outline written and put into Scrivener, fingers at the keyboard, ready to start typing, it was first time for a refresher on how to write good.
That’s tongue in cheek in case you didn’t spot the irony.
“Write good”, get it?
If you’re still struggling, I’ll let you in on the secret. The correct English is “write well”.
Anyway… In a semi-back-to-school manner, I started by refreshing myself on some basic writing and grammar practices. Firstly, I got stuck into a book I’d downloaded on Kindle last year, called “How Not To Write Bad” by Ben Yagoda. This is an excellent and fairly short read, straight to the point and easy to understand.
I also had a few more short lessons on topics such as style, form and storytelling from Vicky Fraser in module three’s videos of the book publishing course I’m taking with her.
All in all, I felt ready to take on some real writing, so that’s exactly what I did.
Ten days later and my Preface, Introduction, About The Author and Chapter 1 are all written! Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t quite that straight forward. I can’t tell you how many times I went back & forth changing the odd word, rearranging sentences, checking I’d not broken many of the cardinal sins of good writing practice, but overall I’m now happy with my work. I have even allowed my husband and my dad to read through these pages and they both agreed it was excellent too.
My evil twin is now popping up in my head saying, “What do they know? It’s rubbish! Start again!”.
I clearly need to go and reread last week’s post on silencing my inner critic.
Joking aside, I am very pleased with how my writing has flowed from my brain on to the page. I feared that the words I often imagine in my head wouldn’t make it to the computer in such a painless manner, but clearly I had no need to worry.
I will be sending these pages to Vicky for her critique next and believe me, that’s more scary than any other part of this process to date. An actual, real live, professional copywriter is going to read my work and send me feedback… I hope I can take it!
Good New For Joe
Going back to my original story… in case you’re wondering what advice I gave Joe so he could avoid a similar disaster in future, I recommended that he install a free backup plugin called BackWPUp Plugin onto his site. This will automatically take backups for him and store them on Dropbox so that if he “accidentally” deletes his site again, at least he’ll have his own backup to restore at no cost. Phew.
If you don’t yet have backups running on your WordPress site, you should do the same too.
When I talked to Joe about I what was planning for my book, he had this to say:
“The world needs a book like this. The people with the large budgets just get it handled and do not ask questions. A great deal of people without the budget shy away because they do not believe they are capable of it. Then some, like myself, attempt to do it themselves and spend countless hours on the most simplest of task sometimes. I believe it will add great value.”
I’d like to thank Joe for his confirmation that small business owners all around the world are in fact crying out to be helped in the area of web design, and that my book will indeed go towards righting or preempting the precarious situations many find themselves in.
I’m building a list of people interested in reading snippets from my book as I write it, so if you’d like to get it on that list, drop me an email to janice at getontinternet dot com (you know what I’m saying) or leave a comment below with your email address and I’ll pick it up.
Until next time, here’s to a happy and healthy 2016, wish me lots of good writing vibes!