I’ve really missed blogging. I’ve been blogging online since 1998, when I made my first short story sale and we had things called “web rings” and hand-coded all of our entries. (Ah, good times!)
Over the last two years, I’ve really dropped the ball. At first, it was the switch from being an invisible writer (in my eyes) to an agented writer. I felt fearless before, secure in the fact that very few people were reading my journal, and that all of them were friends. Once I got an agent and then a book deal, I worried (unnecessarily) that I needed to be careful about what I said.
Being careful translated to not blogging.
And I miss it! When I’m blogging regularly, especially about personal things or the little but important details of my day, I start paying closer attention to my life in general. A snail on a leaf might make me think about my writing career; a strange sign on the side of the road might make me question my last big decision.
Blogging makes me more thoughtful, and I miss that.
So here I am, making one of those public pronouncements I generally try to avoid ever making. But I’m going to do it. I’m going to blog more. I’m going to talk about the sort of things I used to love talking about, and I’m going to pay closer attention to the world around me because of it.
Which means, of course, that I had to change my website design. Lots of people liked the last one — it was beautiful and elegant, and entirely not me. I’m bold fonts and bright colors, simple lines, what-you-see-is-what-you-get. (Oh, how I miss my WYSIWYG t-shirt!) I’m still working on this new one, but it already feels better. More direct. More me.
Ready, set, go.