It’s time to say goodbye to While The Kids Are Sleeping. Sob!
Never fear, though; I’ll continue to blog about all things writing, books and reading, but just not here on this site. Let me explain, and I’ll also tell you about the $50 Booktopia voucher you could win.
3 Kids, 1 Book and Not a Whole Lot of Sleep
I started this blog 4 years ago, in early 2010, because my first book was coming out later that year and I’d heard that writers should have a blog. I called it While The Kids Are Sleeping because I had a newborn baby, a 1 year old and a 3 year old. I literally only wrote when the kids were sleeping, so it seemed like a good name at the time.
Back then, I had no idea what I was doing—remember, I was severely sleep deprived! I slapped together a blog in WordPress, and I also had a separate website made at www.natashalester.com.au because, back then, having a combined website/blog wasn’t really what people did.
I used to struggle to think of things to write about on my blog, which seems really hard to believe now. In that first year, just over 2,000 people visited my blog, which I thought wasn’t bad. Last year, 20,000 people visited and I’m still amazed that so many people take the time to read what I have to say about books and writing.
But it doesn’t make sense to have a separate website and a separate blog. I’d like people to come and visit me in the one home, so …
Drum Roll … Announcing a Brand New Website!
As well as madly trying to do a final edit on A Beautiful Catastrophe, I’ve been building an entirely new website, which includes my blog. You’ll be able to find everything at www.natashalester.com.au from next week. (It’s still the old site right now, but check back next week when it becomes amazing!)
I’m really excited about the way it all looks. And I’m excited that on the one website, it will be so much easier for you to get lots of helpful tips about how to write a book and how to get published, to check out what books I’m reading and what I recommend, to find out about upcoming courses I’m running and all that good stuff.
So, I’m putting the kids to sleep at last, but I’ll still be blogging just as much as ever in my beautiful new home. And because you’ve all been such fun to blog with, here’s a sneaky peek at the new website below!
Which Brings Me to the Giveaway
It goes without saying that I would love everyone to follow me to my new site. If you currently subscribe to my blog by email, I’ve got you covered and you will continue to receive an email every time I publish a new post—although the emails have had a makeover and will look a bit different.
If you Follow my blog via WordPress, you’ll no longer see me in your Reader and won’t get updates. Oh no! But if you’d like to stay with me (and I hope you will!), you can click here to fill out your name and email address. Or, if you’ve never subscribed to my blog at all, but would like to from now on, you can also click the link to subscribe.
This way, you’ll get an email from me once a week with a link to each new blog post. This email always has some extra tidbits for the very important people on my list, so it should be worth your while.
And, in case you need any extra encouragement, for those who do click this link and subscribe to my new blog, you will automatically go in the running to receive one $50 voucher from Australia’s fastest growing online bookstore, Booktopia. Plus, you’ll get a signed copy of either of my books—you get to choose which one. I will randomly draw one winner on May 12 and will notify you via email as well as announcing the winner’s name on my new website.
And for the lovely people who are already on my list, which includes my newsletter list, there is one separate $50 voucher, plus one of my books, for you too, so please don’t feel as if you’re missing out! I will randomly draw one name from my existing email subscriber list on May 12 and announce the winner via email and the new website.
If you’re not sure whether you’re on the list, the best thing to do is just to click here and enter your email details. You will not be subscribed twice. If you’re already on the list, a screen will come up and tell you this straight away.
Most importantly, thank you for the fun of the last 4 years here at While The Kids Are Sleeping. I’ve learned so much from blogging, I’ve loved the way people comment and share and discuss the posts I make here and I can’t wait to keep sharing the love with you at my new site from next week.
Until then, raise your glasses and farewell While The Kids Are Sleeping. It’s time for a long and well deserved nap.