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No More Stupid Words

This’ll be my last blog for the foreseeable future. Two reasons for this.

1. Time Seems like I’m at an all time low on free time, which may or may not be true. Could be that changes in my life over the years have altered how I use my free time. Same amount of free time, just used differently with not much left over to concentrate on blogging. I don’t know.

I don’t write posts fast, either. It’s rare I spit out a coherent post in one shot. Usually, I write down some thoughts and rework them until I have a readable post. When it’s all said and done, it’s probably the one and only thing I’ll get done in an evening. Maybe two evenings if the post needs extra sprucing. But since I’m only posting weekly (at least trying to) this shouldn’t be that bad if I want to keep blogging. This brings me to reason two:

2. Interest It’s pretty much gone. My motivation to blog was initially a desire to build a following to help me sell my books once I started publishing. It was fun to do, but some weeks I’d be struggling to think of something to talk about. I know many you guys have told me you like everything I talk about and I love that. But there are plenty of posts I’ve scrapped because they had zero substance. The fact that the stuff I post is well received tells me my instincts are pretty good for what to post.

Anyway . . .

At some point, I came to the conclusion that the only way to build a book following was to write good books. Blogging and social media does give you a presence and helps you make friends, but, in my opinion, it’s not how your books are sold. It might be how you get interest in your books, but if they’re no good, all that time spent blogging was kind of a waste. At least in terms of getting book readers. For other things like fun, making friends and finding a writing voice, it’s great. If you have the time.

In my case, it became clearer and clearer that I could only focus on blogging OR writing. No fifty-fifty split and certainly nothing where I concentrated on one with intensity and the other when I could get to it. This is when my interest started to dwindle. I thought shifting my focus to writing whatever I felt like would help, but it was just a band aid. The Dwindle bus continued on to Quitsville.

And now we come to today where I say goodbye to blogging. Maybe not forever, but for a while. I could be shooting myself in the foot with my social media presence, but it’s kind of pointless to me if I don’t write. Because the passion for writing hasn’t dwindled.

I want to publish my fiction. I really do.

And not just for me, because my time on this blog hasn’t been a total waste. It’s been a wonderful learning experience which has lead to meeting some awesome people who are now my friends. It’s you happy few I’m writing for. I hope you like what I come up with. I hope you can’t wait to find out what happens next. And if you tell a friend about me, well, that’s a nice bonus.

So, please excuse me while I go write some fiction.

5 comments on “No More Stupid Words

  1. Sometimes it comes down to a choice between being a blogger with a following or being a novelist. Not for everyone, and for those who can do both and do it well, good for them.

    But you’re you, and if you need to concentrate on one, I’m glad you chose the fiction. We want your stories.

    I hope you’ll leave this platform for yourself and come back to it when you need a soapbox or have discoveries to share along the way.

    • That’s what I was thinking. I’m sure I’ll blog again, but to know, in my head, that I don’t have to come up with a blog post feels good right now. I know I don’t actually HAVE to come up with one, but if I’m going to do it, I’d like to be on a schedule of some sort. If it’s going to be sporadic, I’d rather keep it to myself. Use that time to write and read good books.

      • This is exactly how I feel. I got in way over my head on the whole social media thing in terms of the time I spent on it, how much I stressed over keeping up with it, and, most importantly, how much it took my head out of my fictional world, where it really needed to be. Damage was done, and I’m still trying to find my way back. In the meantime, I feel so much better, released from the self-imposed obligation.

  2. Work on your fiction. Do what needs to be done. But keep this blog open because someday those words will be published, and then you might want to come back to the blog. Also, you just MIGHT have something you want to say sometime, and the blog would be here if you wanted to do that. (I just realized Susan said almost the same thing.)

    We’ll miss you, of course, but I think it’s smart to focus on what you need to focus on. Your Fandrews will still be here here!

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