Lots of Work to Be Done. But It’s Fun!

Hello dear following,

I have been busy with administrative/design issues for StevenCuffari.com. I need to take a break from it and write more. I know you all need free fiction to read, and I understand that. I will be posting new stuff soon. I was also thinking about posting some of my early work from my twenties, and maybe even earlier.

That said, I’ve been learning a lot about how to create a better experience on StevenCuffari.com using social media, namely Facebook, Twitter and Google+. I’ve only scratched the surface, but it has been really helpful. I’ll spare you the details.

Basically, I am working on SEO for the site as well as streamlining and standardizing the way this site can be shared. This will give it a more polished, professional look and hopefully attract more people to read my work.

There is still a lot of stuff to do and a lot of writing/content to post. Once I get most of these things in order, I will be revealing new ideas and work soon. I hope that you will all join me for the ride.

So, I’d like to give a shout out to a few companies that have helped me to to this.

First of all, I can’t say enough about WordPress. Ever since I got into the web site game, I have been trying to simplify my life by finding ways to make the design process easier. I used to think that programs like Frontpage and Dreamweaver were amazing. But WordPress trumps them all. If you have a host for your own website, check them out.

Next, there is AddtoAny, they make the process of inserting social media share buttons a piece of cake. I highly recommend them.

Then, there is Yoast, who have created some really amazing SEO plugins for WordPress. I use the basic (and free!) “WordPress SEO” which gives what seems to be good insight and advice into making your site more SEO friendly. For a site like mine, all the functions are not 100% useful, especially for my fiction.

If you know anything about both the art of fiction writing and SEO, you will know that they are not always compatible. Most writers (including me) don’t want to inject their writing with focus keywords for the sake of page ranking, so that element is not always useful. But like I said, there is a lot of insight to be garnered from the plugin. Not to mention how easy they make it to control and standardize social media sharing.

Last but not least, and this has been a long time coming. I have to say that if it weren’t for this guy – Ulysses of ulyssesonline.com – I don’t know that I would have chosen to use WordPress in the first place. The theme, now discontinued, was and is perfect for me. I have never mentioned this to him, but maybe I will. Great theme!

So, keep checking back here and follow me on the internutz wherever you want. New free fiction will be coming soon.

And don’t forget: If you like it, share it!

Cheers,
Steve