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I love when my real life and my writing life overlap! My day job is as an instructional designer for a new computer system. And right now I’m working on the online help – you know, the stuff that pops up when you click the help button on a page. (You do that when you have questions, right? Right?)

I’m a little rusty in my HTML coding, (ok, a LOT rusty) so I’m taking a Dreamweaver class online to try and remember how to use the program. And in doing so, I’ve been thinking about creating my own author website. I love blogger, but I think there comes a time where eventually you’ll need a site that contains other information about your work and projects. I’m definitley not there yet, but it doesn’t hurt to think ahead!

So I’ve been checking out a lot of other author websites trying to find what I like and don’t like, and to get some ideas. There are a lot of similar ones out there with the same formatting, just different content (I’m assuming they’re all made by the same web designer) there are others that just look amatuerish or too cluttered. And of course some are very professional and nicely done. I’m kind of afraid to attempt my own design/site, but right now, very few people would see it if it went live, and it would probably be good practice.

What are your thoughts on author websites? Does a poorly designed site (or a just plain unattractive one) make you less likely to buy an author’s book or follow their blog? Do you even care about their website, or is the blog the most important thing?

3 Comments

  1. I like blogs a lot more than websites because they are so much more interactive. An ugly website won't make me less likely to buy a book. I don't usually look at author websites until after I've read the book and I want to know more about the person who wrote it.

  2. Finally I can comment! I tried like four times and Blogger kept booting me.
    I tried many times to find a design I liked, and in the end it was far easier than I expected. I toyed with HTML and stuff, and I just went with a Blogger template, a really basic one, and found a very unique background trolling less common design sites. I don't know what I'll do when it's time to have a static website. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!
    I always thought your blog was really lovely, btw!

  3. I think I'm a blog fan myself. I only rarely will go to an author's main website, but will always check out their blog. I have to admit, I'm a little bit of a snob with how it looks though 🙂 I'll still read an author's book, but if the blog or website is poorly designed or hard to read, I might visit less often!

    Thanks for all the feedback guys! This helps a lot!