Thursday, November 1, 2012
As Dale Carnegie Said
One of the great quotes I got from the Dale Carnegie course was "If you
lay an egg, all you can do is step back and look at it". It appears I have
laid an egg!
One of a writer's best tools is a website. It can go miles to keep the
writer in touch with the reader and I had a BEAUTIFUL website, probably
one of the most beautiful websites on the Internet. And, this week I
received an email from a long time reader telling me just how beautiful it
was. Problem was it took almost a half hour for the older computers to
download! No one, and I mean no one, is going to sit there for a half
hour to watch a webpage download and lots of people have the old dial-up
So, my beautiful website's value was only a fraction higher than no
website... for several years!
As much as I would love to point a finger at somebody... anybody... it
was nobody's fault but mine. It was right on the screen when I design my
website. Download time 1520 seconds! Do the math. It's almost a half hour!
Oh yes, I laid an egg... a big egg.
Everybody isn't going to pay thirty-five or forty dollars a month for
cable Internet service. If all the Internet is to you is an email from
your grandchildren every two weeks or so or a few recipes from Paula Dean
every so often, it would be stupid to pay such a price. And, there are
lots of people whose idea of high-speed internet is still the old dial-up
modems on a phone line. (I too still miss those old ya-woo-ya-whee
So, rather than wallowing in my own stupidity, Dan has a brand new
website. No, it's not as beautiful as the old one, but at least it only
takes a few seconds for the slowest computer to load and it conveys the
Try visiting it today at http://www.danweatherington.com ,
it'll only take a few seconds. (Just an embarrassed attempt at humor!)
Have a great day,
Monday September 23
In the next few days, my latest book, The
Priest and The Parson will be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble
and other fantastic venues. It's a good book. I hope you enjoy it.
Then, back to book # 3 of the Thrill Seeker trilogy The
Longest Night. I have
always wanted to do a horror project and this will be it. In order to get
primed, I am rereading Stephen King's The
Actually, Salem's Lot would
be a good selection and it is probably the scariest book I have ever read,
but I'm just not that into vampires. The
Longest Night will allow me
to combine my favorite genre, historical fiction, with the Logans, two
people I fell in love with The
Thrill Seekers. Over the next week or two, I'll be reading and
reworking my web page. A web page is worst than an infant child. They have
to be changed constantly.
Oh, we have a new addition in the family. Ray, actually Ray-Ray the gay
stray. His name is Ray, he was a stray, and the way he crosses his legs
when he lays down brings out the gay part. And, he is the sweetest dog
have ever seen and I really miss something brown and furry laying beside
me while I'm writing.
Have a Great Day!