Saturday, October 1, 2011

Nothing Lasts Forever

Fall reminds us that seasons change and
so do we.
Photo: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Hi all,

Recently, I have been scraping off the wallpaper in our hallway so I can paint it instead.  I had papered the hallway 20 years ago, and it is long overdue for an update.  Homes are like that – they need to be updated every few years as styles and colors change.  And as I work on scraping away my wallpaper, it occurs to me that my writing blog, and my writing career, are like that too.

Change is Inevitable

If you’ve owned the same home for over 25 years, like we have, you find that you need to update the same things over and over again.  I’ve re-wallpapered the back porch three times, redecorated the bathroom 4 times and we’ve repainted all the rooms at least 6 times.  We’ve put in a new septic system, a new well and added onto the garage as we’ve outgrown it.  As a home grows older, change is inevitable.  On top of maintenance, styles go out-of-date and your tastes change.  So, as time goes by, you find yourself changing things that you may have once thought looked nice but now look worn and tired.

The same could be said for a blog.  I’ve had this blog since April of 2009.  In the time that I’ve been blogging, things have changed immensely.  Writing sites have come and gone, many have changed the way they do business and Google changed how many writing sites do business.  Because of this, many past posts on my blog have become obsolete.  Of course, that is to be expected over time.  But then the question rises – do I change my focus and continue blogging about writing or is it time for this blog to come to an end?

Switching Gears

As the internet writing world changed, my writing career has taken off.  I have switched gears from earning passive writing income to writing for clients and websites and being paid for my work.  After a few years of trying to build a passive income – then losing it this past year through the Google upheaval – I have to say that I am completely satisfied with being a hire-for-pay writer.  I am earning much more than I did before and am enjoying writing for some interesting websites.  Because of this change in the way I earn writing income, I don’t know if I still have anything of importance to contribute to Write Moms anymore.  I also want to pursue other forms of writing that will take up most of my free time – so I’m not sure how much time I will have to dedicate to my blog.

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At a Crossroad

I have enjoyed writing my blog and sharing it with other writers over the past 2 ½ years and I’ve met so many other writers, some of whom I consider as friends (albeit internet friends). Letting it go would be difficult, but keeping it going and not adding useful information makes no sense either.  I’m at a crossroad.  Either I continue it or decide it is time to end.  If I continue Write Moms, I want to make a few changes.  I want to change hosts as well as change the format.  Like my hallway wallpaper, my blog needs remodeling to keep up with the times.  I will also want to come up with fresh information that will help writers in their careers.  All of this takes time and energy – so I will really have to put some thought into it before I continue.

Until I decide which road I am taking, my posts on here will probably be sporadic.  I’ll let you all know for sure what I decide, when I decide it.  Nothing lasts forever, change is good and moving forward is the goal. 

Happy writing,

Deanna

6 comments:

  1. Wow, Deanna, we seem to be traveling in the same circles! I’m in the process of removing the wallpaper from my kitchen (for the life of me I don’t know what possessed me to choose the wallpaper I chose). Like you, I’ve come to a bit of a crossroads and have been focusing my time and efforts elsewhere.

    Your blog will never be obsolete in my opinion. Your positive attitude and the quality of the information you provide never go out of style. While the content sites may change, the message is sill the same. Write quality, enjoy what you’re writing about and the money will follow.

    Take your time and follow your inner voice. That inner voice is never wrong. Whatever you decide to do, I’m sure you’ll be successful. I wish you the best.

    I’m sure we’ll be bumping into each other around the ‘net. :)

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  2. Thanks, Felicia, for your inspiring words. If I ever get my hallway wallpaper down, my kitchen wallpaper is the next to go. I am not looking forward to it! Good luck with your projects - both home and writing. :)

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  3. Deanna,

    I hope you'll keep blogging. Let us know if you move the blog. :)

    ~Maria

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  4. Nice to know that you are satisfied writing for pay. I will have to keep you in mind should I need a writer as I develop more and more blogs. I am finding that private advertising is more lucrative than AdSense which may end up being the route that I ultimately take. Don't be a stranger.

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  5. Please keep your blog alive. Even if you only post occasionally your information is invaluable and inspiring. You're blog gave me the information and courage to write for some online places and for that I'll be forever grateful.

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  6. Hi Aimless Writer,
    Thanks so much for your nice comment. I'm always happy when I am able to help someone else with their writing. I will probably keep going - I'm just in a transition time right now and need to figure out how I want to go about continuing this blog. :)

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