Write on Wednesday: Streamlined

I just euthanized two of my blogs.

And no, I’m not in mourning. Not even sad.

It was time. Everything has a season, and it felt like the blogging season as I once knew it was waning.

I had a lovely conversation  – a real live conversation! on the telephone! – with one of my favorite fellow bloggers on this very subject. We talked about how blogging has changed in the years since we started, about the growing tendency to use blogs as one part of a “platform,” about the way social media like Facebook and Twitter have risen to prominence and almost usurped blogging as a digital network.

The conversation was a good one because it helped me recall the reason I started blogging in the first place (I wanted a place I could express my ideas in writing and share them with others), why I want to continue with it (to share those personal stories which I believe create connections between people), and what I hope to gain in the future (the impetus to continue writing, continue connecting with others, continue exploring life in general and my own in particular through the written word).

But it also made me realize that blogging has revealed other ways to satisfy my urge to write, that same urge for connection which provided the impetus to register a blog and push “publish” for the first time. Because of my involvement with blogging and other social media, I can write for e-zines like All Things Girl. I can connect with other readers through Goodreads and my Bookstack Facebook page. I can even go old-school and call people like Angie on the telephone.

I don’t need three blogs to do any of those things. So instead of three separate blogs, there will now be just this one, the place where I started almost seven years ago.

The place where we meet to talk about life in general.

I hope you’ll join me here.


12 thoughts on “Write on Wednesday: Streamlined

  1. Hi, Becca — I’ve been thinking of doing the same with Chopsticks and String. It turned into a book blog and even though I’ve read six or seven books since the last post, I don’t have time to write about them. Would I be better served by having those rolled into the Gypsy? I’m thinking so. I’m glad you’ll still cover some life in general here because you have so many wonderful things going on to share — especially with the move! I’m looking forward to fall when I reclaim my weekends and maybe a trip to Northville to shop at my favorite store, hit Trader Joe and lunch with you at Guernsey!

    I’ll let you know how I shake down Chopsticks. Meanwhile, I applaud your making a positive move. Now I just need to remember to go to wow instead of bb!

  2. It seems like a lot of bloggers are reassessing and making changes. Consolidating sounds like a great idea. I toyed with the idea of starting a separate blog for awhile, but I just couldn’t see it working for me. It seemed like too much work. As it is, I’m still trying to find my rhythm after having my daughter. I’m not sure how other mother’s of young children do it!

    I wish you the best!

  3. You’re so smart. I still haven’t made the break with Weather Underground, where I began my first blog, and it’s becoming more and more of a chore.
    It’s really more of a Facebook for weather geeks now, in the sense of a social site, and I guess I need to adjust to that.

    Anyhow – I’m anxious to see how you move into this new phase!

  4. Hey Becca.
    Good for you! It sounds like you’re shaking it up in all corners. Kind of a great spring cleaning, or I guess in this case, a Inventory Blow-Out Back to School Special!
    I think the pending September days are making me think about what I want to keep and what I want to build into my new routine. I’ve always loved the idea of sharpened pencils and fresh paper. It’s always good to reassess and see if what I’m doing is still what I want to be doing.
    Like you, I’ll be looking things over closely in the next little while and clearing out the clutter!
    Congratulations on all the big changes…

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