I currently run four professional (as in paid-for) WordPress sites, of which mmmporium.com was the first that I took premium. I did this to have a more professional looking address and to avoid advertising being placed on the site. At that time, mmmporium.wordpress.com was the website for my fictional writing and so I did not want to call it merciamcmahon.com, because I also write non-fiction work under that name. Instead I stayed with MMMporium as that was a business name that I was considering using, if I ever self-published. It also contains a hint of merciamcmahon as the three capitals at the start of the name stands for the three capital letters in Mercia McMahon. So I chose mmmporium.com, but using that name just for my fictional writing has become more complicated since I decided to embrace indie publishing for fictional and non-fictional writing. In addition, I am open to expanding MMMporium to publish other authors who want to independently publish literary fiction and quality non-fiction. So after much deliberation I have decided to reset my ideas on how my four sites are used.
This site will now be focussed on my indie publishing business, MMMporium. It also has its own Twitter account of @MMMporium. There will be further news in the next few weeks about the MMMporium business. In terms of mmmporium.com, there will still be promotion of my books, as that is the primary concern of the business. It will, however, cease to be where I post all my articles relating to creative writing. Instead the articles that remain there will be promoting books published (or being prepared for publication) by MMMporium, plus reflections on the publishing business. Reviews of books published by others will no longer appear on this site.
When I attended the Northwest Bookfest in November 2013, more than one speaker said that as a basic component of marketing (whether indie published or not) was a author website in your own name. This made me regret not naming mmmporium.wordpress.com as merciamcmahon.com, until I remembered that I had rejected that idea because Mercia McMahon was a name that I use for non-fiction as well. Those same speakers also advocated that if your author website had a different name, then you should also buy your author name domain to prevent others from using (or cyber-squatting) it. I had already the previous month added faithindoubt.com as a premium site and was reluctant to pay for a third one, but I finally decided to turn my oldest (and then dormant) blog merciasmusings.wordpress.com into merciamcmahon.com. I wanted to use the site as I was paying money for it, so I made it an aggregator site that would gather together posts from my other three sites and to spend the next year deciding whether to close down those three sites and just use merciamcmahon.com.
I will now use merciamcmahon.com as my default place for posting fiction reviews and articles about the creative writing process. Those articles that touch on publishing matters will be copied to mmmporium.com, but merciamcmahon.com will be the only site for most of my articles on fiction. It will continue to be an aggregator site for faithindoubt.com and transwrites.com, for which see below.
I have never been a prolific writer for my theology site, Faith in Doubt, but decided that I would take the available domain name of faithindoubt.com in mid-October, even though I knew that my fiction writing was about to take centre stage. I am still unsure if I will renew the domain name or just place my theology writing on the merciamcmahon.com site. I had wanted to keep fiction and non-fiction writing separate, but since I will publish fiction and non-fiction works under the same name on the same eBook retail sites, I am moving more towards dropping this separate theology site. That is, however, for the future when this domain name is up for renewal in October 2014. In the meantime, I shall maintain faithindoubt.com as a theology site and copy its posts to merciamcmahon.com.
I had been reluctant to pay for yet another site, but as transscribe.wordpress.com had been my most active site until recently, I finally gave in and took it premium as well. Unfortunately, transscribe.com was taken, so I took on the new branding of transwrites.com. As I noted when launching Tran Writes in December, I am treating this as a trial and may end up closing the site when it comes up for renewal in December 2014. I am reluctant to do so, however, as I would lose the hit count that I achieved in recent years on what used to be Trans Scribe. My trans related articles will continue for at least the next nine months to have their home on transwrites.com, but will be aggregated on merciamcmahon.com, which in future may be their only home.
I will be removing reviews and other non-publishing materials from mmmporium.com in the next few weeks and new reviews and articles on fiction will find their only home on merciamcmahon.com. I will continue to post on faithindoubt.com and transwrites.com and evaluating whether to renew those domains. Eventually mmmporium.com will look more like what it is now intended to be – a site for my MMMporium publishing business.
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