What an education the Old Soldier is getting as a webmaster. First off this site is considered a porn site. Just try to pull it up on the computer network of your local public library. One of my writers emailed me to say that now I can consider myself a porn star.
I’m still trying to find the right balance between my featured posts and new content on the front page. Search engines like new content; but the featured stories of my guest writers and my own gangbang stories are very popular. Pageviews are a constant worry for this webmaster.
Maintenance is another one of my constant concerns. WordPress constantly updates itself. Links break and have to be repaired. I have to pay to keep two IT teams (one for my Internet connection through Verizon and one for this site through HostGator) on call 24/7.
Just today I found out that the links to my ebook that visitors can download from my About page and from my Flash Fiction For Beginners page and from the sidebar are broken and I have to wait to renew the links by singing a new ebook approval form being sent to me by snail’s mail by my publisher, iUniverse. (Well, I changed all the links and now you can download the book from Amazon. It’s 124 pages about love, war, college students, beer and rock ‘n’ roll. You’ll love it.)
Being a webmaster is no joke.
Finally, I have to read submissions, decide which ones to publish and I have to keep the magazine within its monthly budget so that I can pay the writers I decide to publish. Which means I can publish only two writers a month. Right now my publishing schedule is full until August.
How do I define my own success as a webmaster? The answer is still elusive.
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This is the Old Soldier, reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction, a magazine of culture, local interest and sex as art and entertainment.