It’s been a very long, hot and frustrating summer. None of what I took a blogging break to complete, got completed. Life butted in in a big way and caused all manner of upheavals.
That said, I am in the process of reevaluating my writing career. No, don’t worry, I’m not giving up–I am just sitting down and doing something that all writers ought to do. I am making decisions about what I want to accomplish and why, instead of following the masses.
So many of us jumped into blogging because it was popular, or, as in my case, we were told it was a necessity for pursuing a full-time writing career. I found over the summer, that I didn’t really miss the struggle of coming up with a blog post that only four people were going to read. I started looking at the websites of several of my favorite authors and realizing that they didn’t have a regular blog. Many of them simply send out newsletters and/or a blog post when something important comes up. So, I asked myself, “Do I really want to blog? If so, what do I want to blog about, and how often?”
The answer is, yes and no. I do want to blog to keep in touch with my readers; however, I don’t want to feel the pressure of trying to come up with something that isn’t relevant or necessary. I really only want to write a blog post when I feel I have something to say.
I then had to ask myself, “What, then, do I want to do? Is blogging truly important for the career path I want?” The answer to the latter question, is, no. In the three or so years that I’ve blogged, I haven’t really generated a significant following. The few people who do read my blog are other writers, who I’ve cultivated a relationship with. However, none of my friends or family read the blog and I’ve not picked up a real following.
Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t me complaining and feeling sorry for myself. This is me looking at the reality. Most people are simply too busy and I don’t really write a standout blog.
With all of this said, I now am in the process of coming up with achievable and realistic goals for 2016-2020. My time needs to go into working on my novels and other stories. I will keep the blog/website as I will post short stories and the occasional blog post. However, I am, for the foreseeable future, ceasing with the blog series posts.
To the few people who have been loyal followers, I say thank you. I did enjoy writing for you and am pleased that you liked some or most of what I presented.
Best of luck and blessings to all of you as you continue to pursue your dreams and goals.