Tuesday, February 6, 2024

IWSG Blog Hop: What's Wrong with Author Websites? #IWSGbloghop


Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog Hop
First Wednesday of the Month

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. 

The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns 
without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
You're invited to become a member of this supportive group. 
Click here to sign-up and/or to visit the bloggers this week.

Happy IWSG Day!!
Happy Early Valentine's Day!!

Thank you to our awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG -- Janet Alcorn, SE White, Victoria Marie Lees, and Cathrina Constantine!

February 7 question: 
What turns you off when visiting an author's website/blog? Lack of information? A drone of negativity? Little mention of author's books? Constant mention of books?  All of the above makes me click out of the website. I leave when it is difficult to navigate to the page I want to see or to figure out where the comment box is located.



Recipes 'n Reads every third Wednesday of the Month

Talented author, Karla Stover, will be my guest on Recipes 'n Reads on February 28. Karla shares one of her favorite recipes and the reasons why she chose this particular one. Please come back to find out about her yummy recipe and 

I joined Substack.com, a new way to connect with readers. I made it through January, posting every Thursday at noon. I find I am gaining more confidence in posting there now. Practice makes perfect and so far, I believe I have just been practicing!  Click here to join me at Substack.

If you are on Substack, please drop the link to your page in the comments so I can follow you. Please let us know what kind of experience you are having. 

If you are a gardener, you might appreciate my updated version of my little guide on growing a vegetable garden. After perusing so many choices, I finally chose this version for a new cover!

Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening
by J.Q. Rose and Gardener Ted

If you are planning a garden this spring, grab this short eBook for 99 cents and learn more about starting seeds, watering, soil, and using toilet paper as a tool for your garden!!  Click here to check it out and download it to inspire you to try gardening this year. Tomatoes, peppers, and green beans from your backyard are so much tastier than grocery bought.

"Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes."--Hanna Rion

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Thank you for stopping by today! And for clicking around this post!


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Toilet paper? Well, now I have to know.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I keep hearing about Substack but not on it yet.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm like Alex. I'm not on it yet either. I don't have time to post on the sites I'm already on except for my blog.

Pat Garcia said...

I am so happy that I can comment on your blog. I prefer your blog. I don't understand Substack. It is confusing for me.
Good luck with all you've got planned in February.
Take care and have a lovely month.
Shalom shalom

Melissa said...

Your book on vegetable gardening is tempting. What planting zone do you live in?

Janet Alcorn said...

I didn't know you wrote gardening books! Very cool! I love to garden, though I confess I've struggled since moving to southern Arizona. I've gardened in at least 4 other distinct climates, and this one is the trickiest yet.

Happy IWSG Day!

J.Q. Rose said...

Yes, Diane, toilet paper. Here's a link to an article I wrote about it on my Garden for Eatin' blog spot. GT made a video of it too, but I have no idea where that is! https://thegardenforeatin.blogspot.com/search/label/toilet%20paper

J.Q. Rose said...

To Alex, Natalie and Pat, It is a lot of pressure, brought on myself, to think of something to write every week, but I used to write on my blog every week with no problem. I'm just not sure what reader audience I want to attract. Authors or readers? I'm floundering on having a platform. That's what happens when you write many genres. Confusing for visitors to know what to expect from me.
Pat--I like my blog too and understand it's hard to navigate Substack.

The other problem is I get caught up reading everyone else's articles! So many articles, so little time.

Thanks for stopping by.

J.Q. Rose said...

Melissa, we are zone 5 in Michigan. What zone are you in? It's a quick read with lots of tips collected over years and years and years of gardening. 99 cents

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Janet, this is the only gardening book I have written based on my blog--the Garden for Eatin' which I have neglected posting to for years...Sounds like you could produce a garden book for gardening in each one of your 4 locations!!

We had a learning curve in FL. Very different than Michigan gardening for sure. Good luck with your Arizona garden!!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You hit the nail on the head of annoying website stuff! I am definitely being worn out by negativity. There's enough of that in the world.

Checking out the gardening book!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I couldn't find the link, but I'll check on Amazon.

Sandra Cox said...

Love your cover! How is Gardener Ted doing;)

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