You may have noticed my update schedule has gotten a little wonky. I’m working to correct that, but some of the things I need to stay on task simply don’t exist, and so I’ve been spending some time looking into tools to help.
For instance, one thing that takes up tons of time is making sure the chapter navigation updates. This is a manual process as I am not a computer scientist, and for whatever reason, this site doesn’t have pre-built functionality for navigating between “child” pages. I could use my basic drop-down menu for readers, but personally I find drop-downs inaccessible if you are doing a read-a-thon. They are much better for drilling down to a place so that you can pick up where you left off. The “previous” and “next” chapters (pointing left and right respectively) feel more natural to me, in part because this mimics how we navigate print and digital books written in English.
And so I have to essentially edit each page, update the link, make sure nothing broke, etc. I cannot schedule this update (like I can with these blogs) because then the more intuitive navigation would not work. This is just one step in a multitude of steps required for updates. I yearn for more automation in this area!
Yet I still do not regret moving away from the traditional publishing model. Most of this work would be mine to do anyway, regardless of publisher support. I just need to find a system that works for me and my readers. I welcome the feedback from those of you who have encountered the same problem and came up with a solution that works for this context.
In the meantime, please enjoy the next chapters, or use the drop-down menu below to pick up where you left off.
Until next time!