January 24: – I’ve been holding off on writing this page because in a way, I was holding my breath to see if I’d really be able to proceed with my new business plans. It looks like everything is working out so now I’ll take the time to tell you I’ve decided to build a collection of web stores using Fresh Store Builder. The official business name will be LJ Martin Web. I have one store built and am working on one more. My official business launch date is February 11, 2011, so I’ll hold off until then to tell you more about it.
I’ve been reviewing small business bookkeeping using Bookkeepers’ Bootcamp: Get a Grip on Accounting Basics and set up books on a spreadsheet – double entry bookkeeping and all that, which I find to be kind of fun, but a few days ago I ordered Peachtree Accounting Software as I’m hoping it will be an equally fun and *timesaving* option. This will be my first experience owning accounting software and I’m looking forward to it. I have looked at a demo copy of QuickBooks before and I confess, I found it rather confusing. I chose Peachtree because of a few reviews from people who had tried both and found Peachtree easier to fathom, and use. Also there were some economic advantages, like not having to pay for QuickBooks’ extra services.
Meanwhile I’ve been working on the February issue of Literature For Kids. The January issue had a great reception… there have been steady hits on the site throughout the month. So far, 10777 pages have been viewed. The most popular pages in the January issue are How to Make Money as a Writer of Children’s Literature During Hard Times (definitely a provocative title!) and How to Build and Use a Snow Fort. Each of those pages has 149 hits so far this month.
The next three pages, in popularity, are stories: Ronnie the Snowman by Silas Gary, 144 hits; Michael’s Missing Book by Guy Belleranti, 136 hits; and my own story, The Laughing Tree by Linda Jo Martin, 128 hits.
This is not to say that those are the most popular pages on the site this month. Prior to publishing the first issue I had a collection of book reviews and a few other pages I’d written on the site. A few of those pages are doing much better than this month’s premier issue… but probably only because they’ve been there longer.
Enough linking, however… I may mention the other pages later. Right now I’ve got to get busy and make more pages. So far I’ve got only four of the February pages ready to go, and I need to work on about 15 others. The January issue was about 25 pages and I expect to publish less than that this time, in part, because the book selection will be only 8 pages instead of 12 this month.