As I mentioned in my last post, fall is a time when the pace of my life quickens. My preschool dance classes start up again, Pilates clients who’ve been on vacation return, and requests for school and library visits start to trickle in. The result of all this is that while, happily, my income goes up, the number of available hours for writing goes down. That’s why I’ve come to a decision.
I began this blog in July of 2010, and since then I’ve written 186 posts (including this one). I’ll be honest here and tell you that I started blogging because I thought that, as a writer with her first novel coming out in a little over a year, I had to in order to establish some online presence. At the time that seemed true, but now it’s not so much the case. There are so many avenues for connecting online, with blogging being only one of those. But like many debut authors, I thought I had to do it all.
At first thinking of something to blog about twice a week was a chore, but over time I started to enjoy writing my blog posts. I was always aware, though, that the time I spent blogging was time I could have been working on my latest draft or revision.While maintaining this blog has been fun (mostly), I don’t feel that the venture has been all that successful. I rarely get comments, and I don’t feel much more connected to the blogosphere than when I started. All of which is entirely my fault, since I know I haven’t made the effort I could have to reach out to other bloggers. But to tell the truth, I think that’s because blogging just isn’t where my heart lies.
My heart lies with writing novels, and I’ve decided that that is where I’m going to invest my scarce and precious writing time. One of the things I’ve learned about writing novels is that you have to write regularly, even when you don’t feel like it. But I’ve decided that that philosophy doesn’t have to apply to my blog.
So to those of you who read my blog, thank you. I hope that my posts have been of value to you. And I’m not saying goodbye completely, so be sure to check in every one in a while to see what’s new.
But only if you feel like it.