. . . the walrus said, to speak of many things. Things like how many blogs is too many. Recognizing that your goals are changing. Acknowledging that you’re in a bridge-burning mood.
All of which leads to the decision to cut back on this blog and maybe eventually put it to sleep. I’ve been doing this for going on a year and eight months, not long to run out of things to post about, but long enough for changes that make it less important to me. I started with the idea of posting about the process of learning to write fiction, the process of writing, and exploring self-publishing. What’s made me aware that I may have said all I have to say about those topics is reading other writers’ blog posts. Not so much reading, really, as skimming, because I’m seeing the same things over and over, and realizing that others are going through the same learning processes and writing about the same subjects. It’s good that they are, because there are always newcomers dipping their toes in the world of writing, and stuff that’s old hat to many of us is bright, shiny new to them.
But too much of it is old hat now, and that applies just as much to my own posts as to what I mostly skip in other people’s blogs. So that’s number one.
Number two is the need to pay more attention to Dark Boundaries, not just for the self-promotion angle, but the ability to blog about subjects that aren’t appropriate here. I also want to stop posting my fiction here, and put it on Dark Boundaries. So, after the last chapter of Privileged Lives goes up, that will be it.
Number three is reviews. I haven’t posted very many here, and it’s always seemed awkward when I have. As more than one successful author has pointed out, when we post about writing, we’re doing it for other writers, while reviews are for readers. Writers are readers and readers are often writers, so there’s no conflict there. It’s more a matter of emphasis. If I spend most of my time posting about writing and publishing, a review here every now and then just doesn’t fit. If Vorpal Blade Reviews takes off, there’s really no point in doing reviews here.