I'm re-organising the blog a bit, because I have just (after a year) worked out how to create permanent pages.
So I just wanted to do a little bit of market research. Anything else that should go into those pages above? How about the reviews - a page of their own or kept in the sidebar? Should I do FAQ or an interview page? I thought of doing a favourites page - books, films etc...Good idea? Too self indulgent? Am I over-thinking the whole thing?
And does anyone know how I can get more creative than just the basic templates that blogger provides?
The picture of me is one taken last week when I took my daughter for a 'free' studio day..make up, hair style, lots of pictures taken...and then massive hard sell to make us buy hugely over-priced pictures. She looked completely gorgeous in everything, this was the only one of me that I liked (they threw it in free when I forked out vast amounts of cash for two pictures of her).
But I'm waiting for the results of a session I had with a professional photographer last week, who had a very different approach - minimal make up, do your own hair,much more about capturing the real person than creating some glossy image. I'm very interested to see the final results.
It seemed a strange thing to do...one of the many things I never anticipated when I set out to write a book was that one day it would feel neccessary to pay someone to take pictures of me. I resisted it for ages, partly because one of my colleagues in Amsterdam was a fantastically talented photographer, and I kept on thinking that I'd go over there and get Floris to take my picture. But I never did, so I kept on using one that was taken right at the end of our stay in Amsterdam, when I was relatively thin and my hair had been straightened. It's the picture that used to be on this blog and is at the back of When I Was Joe.
The problem with the picture is that now I am fatter (but working on that) and my hair is generally naturally curly and it looks nothing like the current me at all. Thus the new pictures. I should have them by next week.