It’s been six months since I posted. I am thinking of retooling this blog yet again because I am trying to pursue my dream of being a writer and blogging is one way to hone the craft and get my name out there without having to take the risk of quitting my job to do this. Although part of what I am considering is just getting a domain and starting over, but keeping this in the interim.
I’m not sure what I am going to do with this yet, if I am going to keep the posts or delete them. Since this won’t be a knitting blog anymore, I will most likely rename it.
What brought this on? Another midlife crisis moment. As I have posted before, my dream as a kid was to become a writer. After some thought, I feel it is not too late to give it a shot and the internet makes it a lot easier to put my work out there. I am not shooting to become a mega-millionaire writer (and if that were to happen, I’m not going to complain). But if I can put my name out there, create a body of work, and then self publish the novel that is still in my head, I will consider that a success. You can, if you spend the money, pay a fee to obtain a copyright for your work, and then pay another fee to obtain an ISBN number (which makes you a publisher), and if you have a website, you can make your work available for download. Lots of starving writers do this. This is how I feel I should do it, too.
In all honesty, I haven’t picked up much new fiction in the past few years, mainly because what is put out there just doesn’t appeal to me. Instead, I end up re-reading older books I have enjoyed in the past and reading non-fiction. I find the urge to write fueled by my desire to read something that interests me and doesn’t appeal to the lowest common denominator and follows the same formula because the media company who owns the publishing company doesn’t want to deviate from something that they think makes a lot of money.
I am still thinking of how I want to re-tool this and what I want to write about. They say that when you blog, your blog should have a topic. This is where I struggle, because I used to blog years ago and just wrote whatever random crap I thought of, but somehow it got people’s attention and I had an audience, so I think that maybe that is the direction in which I want to go. I wrote random essays, a lot of my style is humorous, and then I posted all sorts of weird stuff I found online. I also did a lot of stuff that would be better suited to Twitter, but Twitter did not exist back then. My other sticking point is having enough material to post once per day and making the time to write it, especially with school.
ETA: I am going to keep the old posts for now, but some of the sidebar stuff will change. If I end up migrating, then I may delete that stuff.