Friday, April 1, 2011

Saving Time and Cross-Posting to Livejournal

As some of you might have noticed, I've been active online this past week--updating the website, creating a facebook fan page, etc. The intent has been to simplify my online presence while broadening it.

For years, I've had a livejournal account for blogging and like it, but being a cheapskate I use the free version of lj because a) I would only upgrade to match the lj design to my website and b) I have never grokked lj's design language and don't feel the need to learn it.

Enter Blogger. With almost no learning curve, I was able to create a blog page that mimics my website quite nicely. I also like the UI on Blogger better than lj. Now, having said that, I do like the lj community--it's one of the few places online that discussion proceeds in comments without always degenerating into snarkery and trolling (tho I do love me some snarkery) and there's lots of interesting book people there.

I figured out how to cross-post my Blogger to LJ so I don't have to manually do it. The only problem is that the post title is always going to start with [Mark Del Franco], which is the name of my blogger blog. In the short term, I'm not going to tinker with the html to fix because I need to focus on other things.

LJ users: what do you think? Is it intrusive to see my name in every single blog post? Or is it no big deal?

For non-LJ users, here's the link to my livejournal so you can see what I'm talking about.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Mark.
    I've just finished reading Uncertain Allies and thoroughly enjoyed it, as I did with all the Connor Gray books. This prompted me to check out your website, primarily to see if there was news of another book in the series on the horizon (not yet?). I clicked on the Blog link and was fascinated by what I read (thanks for the excellent "Romancing Teh Gay" entry). Since you've been working to expand your presence online, I wondered if you were planning to start a Twitter account. There's a strong Urban/Paranormal Fantasy community there, albeit represented mostly by female writers, and Twitter can be a very effective social media gem. It would be great to hear your voice there too.
    Cheers, Merry