Over the last decade or so, I have written five New England travel books and hundreds of travel and parenting articles. I think that I can finally call myself a writer.
Like a lot of writers, I always thought that it was enough for me to simply to write. Travel books by their nature are service journalism. I have always strived in my writing to be helpful; to offer readers ideas for fabulous things to do in Boston and around New England and to stress the culture and history of our remarkable region. Sharing my love of New England has truly been one of the great joys of my life.
For a long time, I was reluctant to invest in business cards for myself. And it has only been in the last year that I have started to really use Twitter. Lately I’ve been asked to give book talks. And more readers have been getting in touch with me by googling my name and sending me private messages via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It seems that maybe the time has come for me to have a decent home on the web.
Looking through the websites of some of my favorite authors, it is clear that some websites are better than others. My own website goals are modest. I don’t need a fancy design- just a way for readers to contact me and to find out more about my books. While setting up the website, I learned about widgets and added an events calendar about my upcoming engagements. And I decided that a blog would be a great way to share the “behind the scenes” activities of my travel writing life- like my upcoming visits to the Grand Canyon and London and the ongoing field trips I take to new places throughout New England in preparation of the next book rewrite.
The design is simple and uncluttered- which I like a lot. But don’t ask me how long it took me to get it up and running! I am not at all tech-savvy and I seriously wish that I had asked my 20-year-old daughter (who has her own fantastic blog littlegirlbiggerworld) to guide me before she went back to university. Expect to hear more from me. Every first Monday of the month. I am consistent like that.