Before I go any further, it’s only fair to acknowledge that getting the site and email list up and running is/was a huge accomplishment. They’ve been sitting on top of my to-do pile for a long time, and to be honest, I was avoiding them like the plague.
You have to stop writing for a while to do that stuff. At least I do. For me, I had to go into head’s-down mode and focus on them completely. I did the email list first, thinking it would be good to have while working on the site (I’d just be able to patch it in when and where I needed it).
After doing quite of bit of reading on this post, I decided to go with Sendy. The article didn’t talk about Sendy really at all, but the comments swayed me.
Getting Sendy set up wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. There were plenty of times that I considered just slapping down my credit card and getting Convert Kit or Active Campaign instead, but I persevered. It swallowed an entire weekend (probably about 20 hours of work), but I got ‘er going. That was a proud moment.
For the site, I went with SiteGround WordPress hosting, and for the theme, I went with Divi. I’m happy with all of it so far.
Now that that’s all done, I can’t really hide from the work any more. The real work, you know–writing.
So the answer to what’s next is that I’m wading back into the world of writing fiction. It makes blog design and Sendy look like child’s play.