Changing Course

Changing Course (1)

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy

Ladies and gents, this one is short and sweet.

Since my last blog post, when I shared the story of when everything went all topsy-turvy, I have struggled to think of what to do next.

I looked to my list I made back in December, the one where I’d mapped everything out for social media and the blog. And I know that’s what I should do because some very wise person with lots of experience and more book sales and more engagement than I have ever had on my blog combined…that’s what they told me to do.

Plan, plan, plan until you can’t plan anymore. Make sure your posts coincide with this holiday and that minor holiday and so-and-so’s birthday and cross promote and do this, and if you don’t you might as well quit.

And you know what? They’re probably right. All of that stuff probably would work and if I were able to stick to my plan; I would likely see some improvement where this blog is concerned.

Problem is, nothing on my list excites me. I think, at least for now, I’ve given all the advice I can about writing. I’m definitely not an expert. (Spoiler alert: No one is.) And I believe in my heart of hearts, any writing advice I give in a blog post right now would come across as disingenuous.

And I don’t want to be disingenuous. So, I couldn’t bring myself to blog. Not because I didn’t want to blog, but because I was trying to force myself to stay on the course I had set for myself years ago. That course doesn’t work for me right now. And there’s nothing wrong with shifting focus.

If you’re still aching for my advice for some reason, those posts are still there. I’ve got plenty of them. And I’m not saying I’ll never write an advice post again. I probably will.

But, going forward, I want to blog about navigating this new journey as a full-time writer while I can. Who knows when I’ll go back to work either out of necessity or desire.

I want to write about my travels—granted they’re short trips, mostly, but I generally find a spot to write, a coffee shop, or book store to explore.

I want to do some product testing and reviewing: everything from the best instant coffee to keep in your purse or glove box in case of emergencies, to writing software. (Don’t tell me there aren’t coffee-related emergencies. I’m in my mid-30’s. I know better.) I want to interview people again.

And I’m bringing back the quotes at the beginning of each post because gosh darn it flibbity gibbit I enjoyed those. (This is a thing I’m sure only I have missed.)

Changes are coming. And I’ll understand if you don’t want to stick around—but I sure hope you will.

I’ll be seeing you all on Tuesdays now, by the way, with bonus posts on occasion and as the mood strikes. —Oh! And I’m also relaunching my monthly newsletter. Just in case you’re interested.

xo.


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11 thoughts on “Changing Course

  1. AuthorSarahKrewis says:

    Change is good. I look forward to reading about your travels and anything else you have to say. Your writing advice is always spot on, and appreciated, but so many people do writing advice. I enjoy reading about the author, I mean, that IS why I follow and read their blogs. Great move!

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    • Aila Stephens says:

      I appreciate that, Sarah! ♥

      Since I quit my job, I want to really make the absolute most of this time while I can, because I am well-versed in all the crap life can throw at us and I know this little happy bubble of mine could pop at any second.

      Thanks again! ♥

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  2. Vania Margene Rheault says:

    hahaha. you’re bringing back your newsletter. so that says all you needed to say. there’s only so much time and content to go around, and i do not fault you for putting your energy there. if i were to ever do a newsletter, i wouldn’t blog anymore, either. i grapple with this decision, and for right now, i have to do what i enjoy, and that is blogging. and you need to do what you enjoy, which is maybe not blogging so much or not staying within the confines you chose for yourself. good luck with your new path!

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    • Aila Stephens says:

      I know, I know. Newsletters are notoriously difficult to gain any traction. But it’s one of those things I have kicked myself for many times, giving up on it so quickly before.

      I’ll still blog, though. Just not trying to figure out how to put a unique spin on the same writing advice thousands are also giving. There are people far more qualified to do that.

      Thanks for commenting, Vania! ♥

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  3. Léa says:

    While many struggle with it, the only constant in life is change. While I am currently re-reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace, he never met me and change and I are old friends. 🙂

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      • Léa says:

        But there are a few other books I’m reading at the same time. Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout, Mon Chat est un Psychopathe (French) Hélène Lasserre & Gilles Bonotaux, Mon Chat est un Hypocrite (French) Hélène Lasserre & Gilles Bonotaux – both recent gifts.

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