This is a slightly modified copy of the post I just made at my other blog. I announced there my intention to continue blogging, but that I wanted a different format. I’m switching to self-hosting and using WordPress.org. I’m also going to be narrowing my focus on my blog posts. I’ve been hard at work on the new WordPress.org self hosted site. It’s getting close to finished at this point, but there are still some behind the scenes things that need to be polished and tweaked. Things like making sure all my pictures have proper names for searching my media library, and descriptions to help search engines. Soon though…
Thinking over the site, and past experience here, I’ve decided that the new blog is going to focus entirely on writing. Absolutely no more social issues, political talk, personal drama (nobody cares), product reviews or even cooking posts. Just everything writing:
- Vanilla Creative Writing; nothing over PG-13
- Reviews of “How To” products on writing (books, videos, websites, etc..)
- Critiques of movies and TV shows from a writer’s perspective; what works and what doesn’t
Part of my creative writing is going to be going back and finishing or continuing stories that I left hanging, such as my alternate Star Wars version based on the meme where Luke killed himself with his new lightsaber:
Hell, I *may* even rewrite the prequels and sequels just to show how I believe they SHOULD have been done.
Erotica and anything “Adult” related will be in a separate section of the blog, and will be behind an age verification pop-up. I’m going to do a better job than I did with this blog in terms of keeping anything NSFW behind that age check. That means NO racy pictures or backgrounds in the primary section of the blog.
Creative writing of all flavors will have separate pages, and the blog posts announcing new stories will only have links to those pages with a note regarding whether it’s NSFW or not.
Part of the process with the new blog has been moving some of my more relevant past posts and existing stories from the two old blogs to the new. I want to rewrite damned near everything also, and already have in a couple of cases. I noticed something though as I went back through my lists of pages and posts.
I jumped around WAY too much on the focus of each blog. With the actual creative writing, it was self doubt and too much real life drama killing my mojo. The stuff I tried to do as filler too often took over though. Not only that, I jumped from idea to idea as I tried to keep things fresh and attract new readers. Even when I tried to have a structured theme for daily posts I flopped. I just need to focus on the writing and stay consistent. THAT is my pledge with the new blog.
AND that I’ll also be upping my game across the board. No more holding back on my writing.
In Other News:
This isn’t the new blog, so I can sneak in one or two QUICK personal updates here.
First, the house that we got defrauded on is back on the market, at $50,000 higher than we bought it for. All the mortgage company or listing agents did was the most basic of house flipper cosmetic repairs to hide the defects (patching the cracked mortar, fresh paint, clean the carpets, etc…). It pisses me off that somebody else is going to be put in a likely world of financial trouble as well living in a toxic house. I have precious little idea what I can do to correct the situation though. The laws in Georgia are completely corrupt and promote screwing the buyer. I could get sued for tortious interference with a contract with most options or charged with trespassing if I put up signs, try to talk to people during open houses, etc…
Most people nowadays would sadly be content to sit back and let things unfold, especially if it meant the house would sell for enough money to put them in the clear. This level of injustice literally makes my skin crawl though. Likewise, it’s not right to be made whole at the expense of an innocent party.
And lastly, I *MAY* have a new job; a real one for the first time in a decade. I had the realtor job for a while during that time, but between my health and lack of money, I was never able to really make a run of it. I’m in the final phase of the hiring process. All that remains to be seen is if they will accept the fact that I’m a virtual blank. No social media presence, no credit history now thanks to following the Dave Ramsey plan, and really no recent job history as well.
I’m just glad that the spinal decompression and physical therapy got me to the point I can work again. The prospect of being a contributing member of society has been a huge morale boost.
Sounds like the new focus and new blog are a step in the right direction for you. Glad to hear you’re going to combine your interests like this. I’m looking forward to it.
I understand about the self-doubt and outside interference affecting your creative (and other) output. I’ve been trying to get back in the saddle myself, trying to post regularly on my own blog, working on my fiction, stuff like that. The only thing I’ve really had a hard time with is getting back to social media. I feel like it would be good to interact with others (I work from home, so my social interactions are minimal at best), but it can be such a soul-sucking mess and waste of time. If only there were non-toxic options.
And best of luck on the job front. I hope it works out the way you need it to.
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Here’s hoping we’re both right about it all being a positive change. 🙂
Social media… Well, you recall my past rants from a few years back regarding my experiences at Twitter. Now it’s dissolved into an even worse sludge pit by all accounts. Mastodon has replaced it for some, but how long before it slides into the sludge, OR is just replaced by the next trendy thing? Rebuilding contacts and communities every time a platform collapses is a PITA. Yet, I know it’s a huge factor in getting noticed as a writer as well.
I was looking into Medium.com as a secondary place to post stories and articles, but based on the suggested reading emails I’ve been getting, it’s just Twitter in long form.
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Your positive focus will find enjoyment from your own writing journey as well as a new experience in the workplace. Thanks for sharing.
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