Hi Everyone, Happy New Year and welcome 2013!
A lot has been going on with me behind the scenes in the last few months and as you know, I haven’t been posting much here on the blog.
The reason is simple, but not easy to talk about.
2012 was a great year for me in many ways. I learned SO much- about writing, blogging, marketing, social media… I threw myself into using all of this information as much as I could.
Then it happened. I lost my way. I lost my writing heart and soul. It happens to a lot of bloggers. I know. I’ve read their stories. I’ve read how they’ve had to regroup and either decide to throw in the towel or find a new way forward.
I love writing. I love blogging. I can’t quit. I don’t want to quit. I won’t quit. I’m finding a new way forward.
It turns out that the *new* way is the old way. When I started blogging, it was to share what was going on in my family, give a glimpse into life as an American expat in England, talk about issues that were important to me and just generally comment on life as it happened. After a while, I decided I wanted to be a certain someone online and reinvent myself. I started editing everything I wrote. Then I started editing everything I thought. Eventually I was thinking too much and hardly writing at all. I stalled my blog. I found every possible reason to procrastinate writing. Then…I just stopped.
Eventually, a funny thing happened. It turns out that the ‘old’ me… the ‘real’ me was already pretty good!
So my way forward is going back. To help keep me focused and out of the black hole of blogging, I have made some goals that I am going to share with you. I’m sharing them because:
- I like you! 🙂
- I know that sharing them with you will hold me accountable and if I start falling back into the BAD ways, you’ll put me back on the straight and narrow.
In case you can’t see the image, here they are again:
- I will share my real self in my writing.
- I will not over-edit.
- I will write about topics that are important to me not just topics that I think I SHOULD write about.
- I will choose honesty over wanting to be liked.
- I will not be afraid to share my spiritual self.
It’s hard to share things like this, because let’s face it, we all want to look perfect and 100% together. But the fact is, life is not perfect and no one has it 100% together. We’re all works in progress, and I’m glad to be sharing my progress with you. 🙂 If you think this post will help someone you know, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, email…wherever you want! Just click on the buttons below this post.
Have a great day everyone!