First off, thanks and an apology to all you faithful readers who have been visiting my blog only to find it rather sparse on content of late. Between a flurry of deadlines and end-of-school madness and a bout of illness (pneumonia! Who gets pneumonia in sunny, gorgeous May weather?), this blog has definitely been on a downward slide.
But that slide has prompted a bit of soul-searching, the kind that almost every blog writer undergoes sooner or later. What’s the purpose of this blog? Who am I trying to reach? What am I trying to provide for them?
I started this blog July 2007, almost two years ago. When I did, I envisioned it as a place to post my thoughts on the writing process–and the process of being a writer. Fine goals, those, but I think there are plenty of other writers/bloggers out there doing the same thing.
Since then, I’ve delved more into the blogging community. I’ve discovered blogs that I love, like the Shrinking Violets, targeted toward introverted writers; Yat Yee’s blog, with its focus on book reviews and fostering a community of writers; and, of course, the quintessential children’s writers’ blog, Cynsations. I find that the blogs I keep reading are those with a focus or perspective no one else offers.
I want to do that.
So…next week this blog will set out in a new direction. Don’t worry—I’m not planning massive changes—but I want to hone my focus. It’s time to shake things up a bit!