Over the past few months, I have been a man without a blog. And, for all intents and purposes, I have been a man without a Website. The front page of echristopherclark.com has been updated here and there with news on upcoming performances and publications, but those updates have been cold and half-hearted.
Part of the reason I closed Geek Force Five down and decided to go sans blog for the first time since 1999 was to explore the possibilities of what my online presence could be. If I wanted to become known as a writer of fiction and drama, rather than a pop culture blogger, what did that look like?
The truth is that there isn't much out there in the way of a model. Many author Websites look just like echristopherclark.com looks like right now. They announce events, they link to places where you can buy the author's work, and they might contain a representative story or two. But there is little life to them. They blind you with the gloss of traditional publishing's marketing juggernauts or, if they happen to be author-run, they reek of the seeming disdain that legitimate, serious writers too often have for the big, bad Internet.
The question I've been asking myself is why a storyteller's Website can't be as exciting to visit as that of a musician, or a filmmaker. And the answer, I think, is that it can be.
That's what I'm working on right now, an online presence that honors the type of creator that I think I am, but that keeps intact the fun of the sites that I've built before.