As scary as it is, it’s been (almost) two years for this blog. This all started as pure whim; as a place to write and think…and to work on my short-form skills. I had no idea, two years ago, just what actually was involved with regular blogging, let alone how to go about doing it right.
Originally, this whole experiment was intended primarily to “live blog” the process of writing a novel. I never really did that…mostly because it just wasn’t all that interesting. Not to me, and not to you. That “vision” was too confining, and too boring, to actually work. Instead, I’ve done a few “pure” writing posts in between a whole LOT of random squirrel moments.
And, honestly, it’s been waaay more fun that way.
Some of my posts have resonated with y’all, and some have been abject failures. Some I cringe at having written, while others have been satisfying and fulfilling in deeply personal ways.
None of that is likely to change, but…
As I’ve said before, there’s always a but.
But, I have to make a living, too…and I much prefer to do so writing. I would much rather be a poorly paid writer than go back to the world of office cubes and staff meetings…
To that end, I am going to (slowly) start linking this blog with freelance writing, as well as other projects I have going, or am planning. Oh, the novels are still in the mix — the “ghosts” of Connor & Oz most definitely see to that — but they aren’t the only things on the table. For very, very few writers are novels the only thing on the table.*
*By the way — if you’re interested, John Scalzi did a blog post several years ago in which he “opened his books” to show just how long, and how many bestsellers, it took to make writing novels his main/only source of income. Very interesting, and (pardon the pun) valuable, reading for new writers…
It’s important to note that I’m not going to try and turn this blog itself into a “money-making opportunity.” Quite simply, that would put too many restrictions on what and how I could write. No, I like the honesty of just writing whatever-the-hell-I-feel-like three times a week too much to change that part of things.
I also like the honesty of my connection with you who read these posts. If I start scrambling for ads and pimping my SEO rankings, that honesty and that connection goes away. Would I love to see a hundred thousand views a month? Sure…but it ain’t gonna happen. And I’m okay with that.
With that said, I do want (and need) to drive some more traffic this way, especially if I am going to link the blog with other projects. Your shares and recommendations help –they help a great deal, in fact — but I have to do my part as well. That means getting off my social media “high horse” and actually, well, using Facebook and LinkedIn and Goodreads and the like.
That also means, in the end, actually marketing myself…and this blog. Any changes and additions I make to that effect will be slow — probably over the next six months or so — as I work to find the right balance.
As a last thought: I appreciate more than you know your visits, and the time you take to read these posts. I’ve said a couple of times that I write this blog for others, but a better way to say that is that I write this blog for you.
Thank you, all.