03 Jan The Heart Of The Matter
Happy New Year.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted. In part this was due to the busyness of the holidays, but it’s also for another reason.
Around the middle to end of November a few technical changes were made to this blog, the main one being moving from WordPress.com to .org.
Not that it matters to an outside person, but for whatever reason I believe it has changed the way or how my blog is viewed. I didn’t have many followers when I made the switch, but it seems like now even less people see my blog. I’ve noticed that a few people who had been following me started following me-as if changing over to the .org made “re-following” necessary.
I’m not techy AT ALL, so it’s not something I can completely understand. There is a man who is super technical behind the scenes who has been making these changes for me. Some of the aesthetics have been changed and I do love the look of those. Simply stated, it seems like the whole dynamic of my blog has changed.
The reason I changed WordPress platforms is from everything I have read there seems to be more opportunities associated with the .org. Opportunities meaning style, creativity, and possible monetization (at some point, although I’m not sure what I could even monetize, it’s just a nice thought).
Has anyone made the change from one platform to the other? Has anyone had any similar experiences/issues?
When I began this blog back in May my goal was to write about books and hopefully receive feedback from other readers. This began happening and it made my bookworm heart happy. The momentum was slow and steady and I was enjoying myself and those of you who took the time to write and reach out. As much as I held off starting this blog to begin with, it was exciting seeing progress! I think I’m frustrated because I didn’t anticipate everything to feel as if it has just fallen off and I’m back at square one. Sometimes starting over for the umpteenth time just feels like a hill (I’ve already climbed) I don’t want to climb again.
So in between the get-togethers with friends and family, traveling, lots of eating and drinking, and then putting away everything and cleaning up- I’ve been rolling around the idea of sticking with this blog or not. Some days I’ve said (to myself), I’m done. Then a few days later, I think, no, maybe I’ll keep it going.
What I know:
I am a reader and writer at heart. While reading is solitary, writing can have a definite social aspect attached. That social aspect can not only be fun, but can be a valuable tool for development and gaining knowledge.
What I have realized: over these last few weeks is this:
While all of the side things associated with writing are great and enhance the act of writing, I have to write as if they don’t exist. It will always feel like a bonus when someone comments or likes a post, but if I love writing as I said above then I have to write as if I am the only person who ever reads my words.
I will write. It’s as simple and as hard as that.