New name? Re-brand…
When I began this blog, in November of 2009, I can remember thinking Help! How do I get anyone to read anything, let alone subscribe?
I began with absolutely no confidence in myself and thus I thought it best to hide behind the odd name ‘mesmered’. It seemed apt as in my books, the Others that inhabit the pages use a mesmer to enchant mortals and in a subliminal way, maybe I was hoping to enchant readers.
That first post I likened to the Golden Snitch. I threw elusive words out into cyberspace and they fluttered here and there in the vague hope someone adept, like Harry Potter on a broomstick, would come flying in to catch them.
Since then I have had five fiction titles published; four historical fantasies and one hist.fict. These days, I am probably more readily known online by those with whom I engage, as Prue Batten rather than ‘mesmered’. So it seems the time has come to out myself and just be Prue Batten, the writer. Or in the case of my blog, pruebatten – writer and observer of life, the universe and everything.
I would love you to stay with me through the re-brand, and then continue on with me and comment, throwing your ideas in with mine. One thing I truly love is the fellowship on a blog. It’s one of the nicest things to come out of online media.
Cheers all and thanks for being part of my online life!
Excellent idea! As Kristen Lamb tells us: “Your name is your brand.” And Prue Batten is a real brand now, so it’s sensible to blog under that name.
Thanks, Anne. It has taken some doing and is still not perfect. For example why is the blog still called Mesmered when I ticked all WordPress’s boxes?
But the truth is for someone like you who is seriously a ‘force majeure’ not just in the ‘writer’s world’ but in the ‘blogging for writers’ world to say I am making the right move, it gives me confidence. Happy Christmas to you and let’s hope 2013 is good for all ‘indies’.
This was a WordPress mess, but I think you’ll come out of it smelling like a rose. Welcome to the blogisphere, pruebarren!
Thanks, Pat. I think if I blog furiously this week, all search engines will begin to recognise it. But as to still being called ‘mesmered’, I guarantee it will still be called that in 12 months, no matter how many times I contact wordpress. Face to face or phone contact is non-existent. ‘Specially if one lives in Australia.
Oh, I picked up 2 typos, lovey 🙂
I think if a writer didn’t find typos (in her nice new book that was spotless when it went to press), it would cause a collapse in the space-time continuum or something.
” I would love you to stay with me through the re-brand,”
I wouldn’t dream of doing anything else! In the time i have been following you, your name has been prominent and i tend to think of it as Prue Batten’s blog anyway. May you go from strength to strength in 2013.
Thanks bollyknickers. I love having an Australian amongst the fold!
Congrats on the rebrand! Can’t wait to continue following you. Happy Christmas to you and yours, and continued success in the new year!
Phew, Judi! It stressed me out no end. I am just not a tech. brain and it was terrifying in case I lost the whole lot. Unless you are a Luddite like me, you won’t understand how my brain curdles when I have to click anything!
Happy Christmas to you and all your family as well. Here’s to 2013!
Luddites unite! My 12 year old son laughs at me whenever I hesitantly try something new that involves clicking!
Huzzah, Judi. I think my adult kids have given up on me. I just wade through and cross my fingers and hope everything turns out alright in the end.
He he – Congrats on taking the next step!
Someday I’ll have to do that myself. Probably soon, If I can manage to get back into blogging. *sigh*
But back to a cheerful note!
Hurray look at all you’ve done. :}
Thanks Cathryn. Happy Christmas.