Day Fifty Seven: September 3, 2020
For reasons best known only to myself, I woke up this morning thinking about the opt in for the blog! As you may have read, I added an opt in for the blog to the sidebar on Tuesday but I woke up thinking that I should maybe have also added an after-post opt in.
So I set about creating that in OptinMonster as my theme does not have an after-post widget. I had a few issues with the template I’d selected (I only wanted plain and simple) as it seemed to want to do odd things with padding between sections, but I got there in the end. That is now in place on the website to make it easy for visitors to subscribe.
In doing that, I noticed that the “post comment” button at the end of blog posts was in a totally different blue to my brand blue so that’s another thing to add to the to-do list to change! (This did get done later in the day you might be pleased to learn).
I tried very hard to keep to doing the Writers’ Huddle** 15 minute writing challenge and to do my 15 minutes writing this morning. Ridiculously, I ended up having to break it into two parts but I did just about get 15 minutes of scribbled writing done. I hadn’t really worked out the full book plan so didn’t really have a proper place to start. In the end, I picked out writing the description of one of the main characters which will appear when the two main characters meet. And I also wrote part of a chapter that I know will be included but is a little tricky to write so I made a start knowing I can flesh it out later. It’s good to get words down on paper even if the structure and flow isn’t there yet.
I also decided it was about time I sent out the first edition of my newsletter even though I don’t have that many subscribers at the moment. I realised it’s daft waiting until I have ‘x’ number as those people who signed up before I reach that quota will feel neglected. So I have decided that the first Thursday of the month is a decent day to send out a newsletter and is a schedule I can stick to. I have therefore drafted, tested, tweaked and scheduled my first newsletter to send out later today. Eek!
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**Since this post was published, Ali has now closed the Writers’ Huddle but does have a Facebook group for anyone who has ever bought products or coaching from her.