Have you ever wished you could clone yourself, so that you could do everything you wanted to do?
Yep, me too.
This is the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging, and it’s amazing how much I’ve missed it. I’ve missed the fun of challenging myself to write creatively about grammar. I’ve missed the conversations I’ve had in the comments. I’ve missed the joy of discovering wonderful new posts written by my fellow bloggers (because I haven’t had time to read, let alone write).
But I’m happy to have had this break, because I’ve been able to avoid missing other things that are important in my life.
And I’ve come to a realization: With everything I’m trying to do right now, it’s just not possible for me to blog every week any more. In fact, I may only be able to blog once a month sometimes.
And that’s okay.
Like me, you’ve probably run across a zillion articles that might as well have titles like
Start a Blog or Lose All Hope of Ever Selling Yourself!
Blog Every Day or Google Will Rip You to Shreds and Eat You!
Master Building Your Platform if You Don’t Want to Be That Kid Who’s All Alone At Recess!
What a bunch of hooey. (I love that word!)
I firmly believe that writing good, meaningful content is more important than racing on a writing treadmill to stay at the top of the hit list.
My initial goal in blogging was to share what I know about communication in a fun and informative way. I hope I’ve done some of that.
But I’ve discovered along the way that I have gained another complementary goal in blogging that’s just as important – to read and learn from my fellow bloggers and to share their words with others.
So I’ve decided to make a change in my approach this year. I’m still going to write creative posts about grammar, hold conversations about communication with other writers, and let you know about helpful writing resources. But I’m going to do it less often. I’ll be posting on a Monday if I have a post for the week. I’ll also be writing occasional posts about editing on my editing website.
In parallel, I’m going to make more use of Twitter as a tool to share words from other writers and editors.
If you’re interested in learning more about communication from people other than me (as well as from me, I hope!), I invite you to follow me at @dbwcomm. I promise to make it worth your while – no clickbait articles or promotional madness!
Thank you for being so supportive of my blog. I hope to see you here again before January is out!