A few weeks ago my sister participated in a Facebook challenge that highlighted things she was feeling grateful for. I usually don’t participate in those things, but today I want to.
I’m feeling grateful for the community here and for the fans who have stuck around through my transition. I know I’ve already said thank you but I want to say it again. You’ve all made this transition easy for me and I’m so happy to have your support. Of course not everyone is supportive, but I’m not planning on acknowledging those people. I did a lot of that on my last blog and while it isn’t wrong to do that, it took the focus away from what I was building with those who support me.
And the support of loyal readers is what is truly important to me.
For those who don’t know about the above-mentioned transition, I spent 4 years writing about cults, politics, and religion and spent thousands of hours detailing a time in my life that was difficult for me, traumatic even. It was hard stuff to write about and I contribute my current good emotional health to all that venting and directing my passion toward changing something that really damaged me.
It was rewarding work and I met so many great people, all of whom I’m still connected with now.
I also had a lot of amazing moments in my career but I recently felt pulled in another direction. When I made the switch, I was nervous and even a little distraught: I didn’t think people would still read my work. It was a huge change and still continues to be. Sometimes I wonder if I confused some of my old fans and I know I did, which is hard because there are some things in life you just have to do for yourself regardless of whether people understand or not.
Writing is such that you typically want to stay within the same genre for awhile before you make a move like I did, and often you want to do it under a different name. I considered all of that and even considered a pen name to blog under. But it didn’t feel quite right so I did what felt right.
It’s been three months and my new blog is doing well. I’m finally at the point where I feel very comfortable and relaxed in my new blog space. I have my routines and my schedules worked out (each blog is certainly different) and I’m even considering hiring a part-time assistant to help me with projects so I can devote more time to what I absolutely love: the writing element of blogging.
Within these past three months I’ve written posts here I’ve been extremely proud of and that have had a great response from people.
Here are a few of my favorite posts from the past three months:
If you’re new here, you can find the following weekly features here:
Monday: I post a “Links I Love” post as a tribute to things I’ve found around the internet that I think are interesting or helpful in hopes that it gets you through your Monday.
Thursday: My book club, “The Girls Who Read” is hosted here on Thursday’s once a month. You can find details here and new posts here. Our next one will be about Club Dead, book 3 in the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries. Make sure you finish reading the book within one month and check back on the blog on September 18th. We’ll just be meeting once a month and we’ll also be hosting a Twitter Party.
Saturday: I’ve been posting a feature called “A Foodie’s Dream” and “What We Ate”, both of which are food/recipe posts. Although I’m taking a short break from these posts, there are archives of delicious recipes found in both of these features.
Sunday: I post all things pets! My dog, as you may know, gets all the attention on her Instagram and usually on this blog. The cats are harder to photograph now that Olive is in the “chasing cats” phase. You can find Olive and some of the cats photos’ here.
I’m feeling so grateful for all of you, dear readers. Enjoy your day!