Monday, January 17, 2011

Back in Action

Well, I've finally shaken off my New Year torpor and finally posted a new story over at The Sleaze. I've a nasty feeling that The Tabloid Detective is going to fare as poorly as the last story I published with the word 'tabloid' in the title - quite literally nobody read Fiend With the Tabloid Brain on its first publication, and they still haven't. Which is a pity, as I still think that t is a pretty good story. Almost as good as The Tabloid Detective. However, early signs are that traffic to the story isn't great. That said, some stories turn out to be slow-burners, generating steady traffic over a long period, rather than making a spectacular debut then falling away. Anyway, it's undoubtedly my fault for writing stories that are too complicated and which don't conform to expectations. But the bottom line is that I can only write the stories which I'm inspired to write. Sure, I could churn out those quasi-satirical snippets which many web satirists seem to think are popular, in response to every political development in the news, or sexual innuendo-laden semi-pornographic celebrity stories, but my heart wouldn't be in it.

Getting back to the point, sort of, I'm hoping that the next story won't take as long to publish. As I've mentioned before, it isn't just the writing which can take an inordinate amount of time, it's also the time it takes to actually post a new story on the site's static pages. Clearly, I'm going to have to get off of my arse and actually do something about making the site dynamic. Indeed, I've recently been toying with the idea of taking a month off from updating The Sleaze in order to move this project further forward. The jury's still out on that one, though. Mind you, during the many hours I've spent searching, (in vain), for a halfway decent Wordpress theme that might be suitable as the basis for a revamped Sleaze, I have found a template that might be suitable for another long-term web project I've been planning for years now. So my time wasn't entirely wasted.

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