The end?

No, not the end of BSP…at least not yet. But I am considering the end of this website. For a while now I have bitterly held on to the notion that you need a website with all the bells and whistles in order to survive as a small publisher, however I’m fairly certain that’s no longer true. I believe that business model is outdated and it’s time that I reorganize things and focus on the future and part of that includes cutting back a bit. 

You’ve all heard the phrase “video killed the radio star,” it’s a song and it’s also true. Music videos killed radio and social media killed blogging. No one really blogs any more and if they do, there’s not many people reading them. Blogging, sadly, is outdated. People these days much prefer bite-sized tidbits that are easily and instantly digested via social media.  

I had to asses what I use this space for and it’s primarily for a blog – my books are sold via other mediums. So really, what is the purpose of this website? That’s a question I’ve struggled with for a long time. The answer is, of course, that it’s a blog but that raises another question; if this is just a blog then why the hell am I paying for it when there are numerous free ways to blog? And that brings me to the present: periodically I have to asses what I am doing and at the end of the day this is a business. 

I am not really a social media person – shocking I know. I was at one point, but I ‘dropped out’ so to speak. Social media culture disgusts me so there are no plans to return to Twitter or Facebook. Sorry to disappoint you.

That said, I have been contemplating the idea of using an email-based subscription newsletter like TinyLetter instead of a central website. I’ve seen a couple of colleagues do this and have been impressed with what they’ve done with it. 

This format is appealing to me because it’s free, easy to use, it isn’t so archaic and people are free to subscribe/unsubscribe to it if they wish. The money I spend on this website would, in my opinion, be better spent on publishing more books. Plus, it’s hard not to feel so limited in this current space. With a different format, I could potentially share all kinds of things and not just book-things, if that makes any sense.  Essentially, I believe TinyLetter could afford me the freedom to return to the kind of stuff I was doing on Twitter years ago, but without all the bullshit Twitter comes with. 

Also, just fyi, this website isn’t going anywhere any time soon. I’m paid up until well into next year but I may switch to TinyLetter sooner rather than later. If I do, I will use this space to announce/promote that and I’m hoping you will follow me there. 

So, I’m interested in some feedback from you on this idea. What do you think? Would you subscribe to my TinyLetter? Would you miss this site? Do you think it’s a good/bad idea to not have a website? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

9 thoughts on “The end?

  1. Agree that mass view blogs are antiquated. Average folks are tired of social media and curating one’s intake of info makes sense. Email newsletter is the way to go.

  2. Yo Santino, I cut and paste the link to your blog, NO ME LLAMEN “LATINX” and posted it on my personal Facebook page timeline and Story. I wouldn’t be surprised if it or I get attacked by a ‘woke zombie. I got attacked the other day for mocking an article post by a PC egghead academic that denounced the Sponge Bob animation series for being colonialist, racist and violent.

    1. Hey Santino, I agree with Vincent Cooper. Keep the website! I’ll follow you on this TinyLetter. Your tip on blogs and website obsolescence is well taken. To an extent you’re right. Not like in the old days.

      But…for keeping die hard fans and followers and drawing in stragglers? I think websites and blogs in combination with effective email newsletter delivery are useful for building that long term, hard core audience connection . You’re proof of this. You left Facebook years ago, but this is how I stay in touch with your mana.

      One time you asked on your website blog if anybody was podcasting anymore. I didn’t give podcasting any more thought. Then I saw one of my favorite indie publishing gurus on YouTube talk about podcasting and how it has blasted off. Indie writers (and self-publishers), she said, haven’t really learned how to exploit podcasting. Readers are hungry to hear the writer’s Voice. I see her point. Another thing. Video. Watch for some YouTube vids based on Emilio Medina’s book covers of my LOM dystopian sci-fi series! More to be announced soon!

  3. I hadn’t heard of TinyLetter so I checked it out. Looks pretty good, so I say go for it and save some money. Looks like if you have more than 5,000 subscribers you’d have to go to the parent company Mailchimp, but you could always go back to WordPress or something else. Trying something new is always exciting.

    1. I’ve had my eye on it for a while and have a colleague who uses it and does really cool stuff. I definitely want to give it a shot and see how it goes. Thanks for the feedback!

  4. Keep the website. Yes, I’d follow you on Tiny Letter whatever that is. I cant keep my blog or website up to date for shit. I do look forward to your posts.

  5. Blogs and personal websites are good ways of keeping your documentation and history together. Maybe there’s a more affordable plan? I don’t think you should let go of all the content.

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