Welcome to my blog! My name is Barbara Lougheed and I created this blog to let people know about the various books I’ve written. I created my first website in 2011 to share information about thyroid disorders. A doctor found my TiredThyroid.com website when he was looking for information for his hypothyroid wife. He made me promise to write a book, and I fulfilled that promise when I released Tired Thyroid: From Hyper to Hypo to Healing. That was my introduction to the world of self-publishing. I don’t think most people realize how time-consuming it is to write a book, and to get it to the point where it is fit for publishing. I wanted to use this blog to discuss some of the minefields out there for self-publishers.
I have a second website, WhereWeVacation.com, consisting of vacation reviews of various ski resorts, the Hawaiian Islands, and other places we’ve visited. I learned about ebook formatting when I took two of the lengthiest reviews there, and added more material to turn them into guidebooks. A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Oahu and A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Maui are digital scrapbooks of my family vacations there.
When my husband and I published the children’s book It’s Okay to be Different Thorina-Bina, I realized I needed still another website, because any discussion about that book didn’t belong on a thyroid or vacation website. So here I am, on another website. While it may look like I just pop in to my blogs once a month, behind the scenes I am sometimes on the computer for 14 hours a day! My thyroid posts usually involve considerable research over several days or weeks, and then I create a graphic for each post, which can also take more than a day. There are also website maintenance issues, consults, bookkeeping, Twitter posts, and constant reading of various forums. “I wonder what it would take to create website?” I asked in 2011. That led to my learning about html, Search Engine Optimization, web hosts, WordPress, plug-ins, and PowerPoint. “I wonder what it would take to write a book?” I asked in 2012. Then I learned about Photoshop Elements, vector vs raster graphics, jpg vs gif, book formatting and section headers, pagination, and ebook formatting. Now I know why there are so many “dead” websites! This is far more work than people imagine, and with little compensation! But I guess I’m a writer at heart, and a website is a platform to write, so here I am. I already have an idea for another thyroid book, but that’ll take at least a couple of years to put together, since I haven’t written a single word of it yet! It is still just a concept, and would involve a lot of research, like Tired Thyroid. In the meantime, you’ll find me here. Happy reading!
Contact me via email: barb @ barbaralougheed . com
Follow me on Twitter: @TiredThyroid