Thursday, December 13, 2012

My blog turned two in November. How did I miss it?

Somehow, I missed noting my blog's second anniversary. How did that happen? I was so excited when my blog turned one year old that I wrote a post on it. This past November, I didn't even think about it.
What does that mean? I really don't know. I'm not even sure what I was doing in November that was so important.

Reading over the post I did for my first anniversary, not much has changed about me or my blog. I'm still a bit eclectic, writing whatever seems interesting to me at the time. I think I've not reviewed as many people's writings this second year as I did the first year. I'm not sure how many novels or stories I will review in the future: a few, probably, but not many more.

Writing fiction has been difficult for me this past year. I've done some, finishing one novel I'd been working on, but decided to shelve it after a Beta reader read it. The suggestions for change she made are not difficult in and of themselves, just difficult from a psychological point of view. I've grown tired of reading and re-reading the story. I need to put it away for a while. I'll come back to it later. Actually, that's the case with two novels Beta readers read. I'll look at them again sometime in the future.

I've followed a more diverse range of blogs, not just writing blogs. I follow various photography blogs, movie-review blogs, arts-and-crafts blogs, book-review blogs, baby-boomer-aimed blogs, and some blogs written by men primarily for men. I hoped to pick up a more diverse group of followers. That really hasn't happened. But I enjoy the blogs, so I'll continue to do so, branching out even more.

One thing I've noticed is that it seems like some of the bloggers I've been following since the beginning are not posting as much as they did two years ago, some not at all, which is OK, because I can hardly keep up with the ones who are posting regularly.

As for this third year, I have no particular blogging goals. I'm happy doing what I've been doing. My goals are more fiction-writing goals. I want to get two or three more books self-pubbed. Hopefully, I'll do that. If it doesn't happen, I don't think I'll agonize over it much. I'm not that stressed about it. I'm now more content with my writing life than I was two years ago. Maybe that's a good thing.


Luanne Smith said...

Congrats on your two year anniversary. It's tough coming up with new things to say for two years. I think that's why a lot of people eventually just stop posting. They can't think of anything else to say.

I think it's great you have such diverse interests and connections in the blogosphere. It probably makes it a lot more stimulating.

My two years will come in January, and I may be done with my blog by then. I'll have to see how I feel after the holidays.

Richard said...

Wow, Luanne, you might quit blogging? I can understand. But I do enjoy it. I feel connected to my blogging friends, even though I've never met any of them in person. Your point about coming up with something new to blog about being difficult is valid. We all have similar thoughts and ideas. The originality comes in our personal way of saying it.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Richard .. congratulations on making it through into your third year .. I'll be into my fifth in January (having done 4) .. it's been such a boon for me - as it gave me an outlet and a future ... lots of ideas and plans.

Good luck - seems like you're allowing your creativity and interest to be out and about .. that's a really fun thing - we can find out so much ...

Cheers Hilary

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Congratulations, Richard, on your second year of blogging. I've had some of the same questions as you about blogging. Partly because I was so immersed in a rewrite that I didn't have time. And partly because during our travels, I was more interested in blogging about the trip than about writing. It's kinda hard to just blog about one area, even though we are advised to keep our blog consistent in order to draw a faithful audience, etc. "The Platform".

Like you, I like to blog about a variety of things, and I like keeping up with the writing friends I've met. I do like all the writing advice and reviews that are out there. But sometimes I just like knowing more about my blog friends.

Richard said...

Hillary, I have no idea what my blog will look like in four or five years.

Elizabeth,I've stopped worrying about building a platform or what one really is. I think that's more important for non-fiction authors, whose platform is more clear cut.

Julia Hones said...

Happy birthday to your blog, Richard! Keep it up. I like reading it.

Richard said...

Thank you, Julia

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Richard, congrats on your second blogoversary. With the holiday season and other stuff occupying your mind, your blogoversary must have slipped out of your mind.

Tanya Reimer said...

Yay! Two years. Hard to believe. Congrats.

I hear you about letting your ms sit. Sometimes, I can take that feedback and jump into it, other times it needs to fester, grow into something. All part of the magic.

You do an incredible job following all those blogs. There are so many that I connect to, it's impossible to keep a float.

the best part of my day... said...

Lovely post and congratulations. I know what you mean. Some blogs begin and fade out. I've passed by 2 year anniversary. I hope you'll check out how I marked it - November 11th, 2012.
Happy Holidays.

Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations on reaching year two! I think most people remember their 1st blogging year anniversary the most. Mine will be up this February.