Begin Again

Oh, dear blog friends.  We meet again.

I’m not going to apologize for being on hiatus (again), though I do feel bad about not checking in.  Sorry to just disappear this summer.  It was needed, and it was good, and I don’t regret it.

Friends, I’ve spent a long time wondering if I should even keep this blog thing going.  I’ve been wondering what the purpose of it is and why I’ve struggled so much the past year or so to post consistently.  I’ve thought about canning it, I’ve thought about rebranding it, I’ve thought about trying to keep doing what I’ve been doing, only better.

All of those options have their benefits.  All of those options have their detriments.

Here’s a little, tiny, brief story for you:

I started this blog because I’m a writer, and I wanted to share some writing with others.  I wanted to write about writing and write about reading and maybe advertise some of my stories/books some day.

But I felt like it wasn’t enough.  I felt like I didn’t actually have anything to offer as a writer.

So to make myself more attractive (to who even?), I transitioned to just blogging book reviews.  I read a lot, and I like talking about what I’m reading.  This corresponded with a writing dry spell – no short stories, no novels.  Just two or three blog posts each week about what I was reading.

This was good, but friends, this is not what I want.

Thankfully, that is not the end of the story.  This summer, without telling you (sorry again), I took a break.  I’ve been reading SO much.  If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you’ve likely heard of Summer Reading.  Well, this year’s theme is “Books for Younger Readers”.  I’ve read so many books this summer and so many of them are great – but I’m thankful I haven’t felt like I had to keep up with reviews!

Friends, I’ve also been writing.  A novel.  And it feels so good and so right and like the dry spell is over.  And looking back, the dry spell wasn’t actually that dry.  I wrote some short stories and poetry that I REALLY like.

So.

What does that mean for the blog?

Well, I’m not canning it.  And I’m not trying to do what I’ve always done.  And I’m not re-branding.

So what am I doing?

Something in the middle of all three?  Here’s what to expect:

  • I’ll keep posting reviews.  Yay!  Not for every single book I read, but some of the goodies or those that have a lot of hype around them (you know I hate hype and therefore love trying to dispel it).
  • I’ll blog about writing.  And I’ll actually share some of my writing.  I’d love to sell and have some of my work published, so I won’t post a lot of it here.  But I’ll share some.  I promise.  (And I might have a new writing thing in the mix.  Can’t talk about it yet, but when I can, I will.)
  • I’ll only be posting once a week or so.  This whole “I have to post often so I’m memorable” thing is for the birds.  So it’s out.  Manageable is in.  Good content (hopefully) is in.

So that’s it.  Here’s to a new era (gosh, I’m so dramatic right now) for this blog.

Happy August, y’all.

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jordanrhirsch

I write. I read. I cook. I try to connect with people.

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