My blog has underwent some transformations since I started it over a decade ago. I thought it would be fun to share some of the phases I’ve went through as a blogger. 🙂
2010 – I’m a new writer and I want to be traditionally published! I’m starting a blog to build my readership and connect with some other authors. I imagine myself living off my books in another ten years. My first ever blog post: To write is an adventure
2011 – I still want to find an agent who loves my book, but I’m hearing more things about self-publishing being a viable option. I’m doing a lot of research on WordPress blogs.
2012 – Okay, pot twist! I got tired of waiting for agents to pick up my books after a year of querying. Self-publishing it is! Now it’s time to explore why it’s a great choice and learn a lot along the way. 😛 This is still early in my writing career, but this was quite an interesting year for blogging.
2013 – My blog is becoming more experimental as I travel Western Canada and explore writing more flash fiction. My creativity really pushed the boundaries from my previous writing. I feel like this is the year I was truly able to start exploring myself in every aspect. I also became more active in talking about social justice, like when I wrote this post about writing for change.
2014 – While still traveling and writing, I began exploring some interesting topics and posting them on my blog. I deleted some of them since they could be taken the wrong way (During my self-exploration as a writer, I made assumptions that writers were meant to be melancholic and other things) and they no longer reflect my outlook or beliefs. I like this post I wrote about writing from the opposite gender’s point of view. I suppose it’s no surprise why I wrote a lot about people undertaking journeys. I was on a great one myself.
2015 – I experimented with flash fiction this year, too. After settling in my dream city and living in a cozy room, I became less of a travel hippy and more of a girly urban girl again. These things influence your creativity – what your current living situation is can impact your writing a lot. With more space to be freely myself, my story writing started to flourish beyond super short pieces. With more financial stability, I was able to nurture myself and longer stories as a result. I ended up deleting most of my posts from this year (along with a lot of my other flash fiction pieces since I published them in a book called She & The Wolf). One of my all time favourite flash fiction pieces is called One Day. It takes me back to the cool mood I had during that era.
2016-2020 – This is the period of time where I barely blogged. I thought it was better to focus on writing than blogging. Not surprisingly, this was my most productive book writing time where I wrote and published several books on Amazon. I blogged here and there, mostly only posting story drafts while reading other blogger’s stories. (I later deleted these stories to publish them on Amazon). A tidbit I wrote last year is about some more things I’ve learned as an indie author. After a few years in the self-publishing industry, I’ve started to earn my stripes.
2021 – My desire to blog has come back with a vengeance. I now enjoy it as much as I love writing stories. Blogging in itself is writing – it’s just another format to share ideas. I’m excited and optimistic about the new path my blog is taking. It’s come a long way! I’ve posted 4 free books now and I have this unstoppable inspiration for new blog topics. I’m also an official book blogger since my plan is to post at least one book review per week. I want to help other indies and hopefully attract book lovers to my blog. My favourite post from this year would have to be 5 Reasons Why It’s Fun To Be An Indie Author. It is totally in line with the vision I had when I first started blogging.
2022 – My blog is transitioning more to a lifestyle site but it still has a literary edge. I’ve been sharing pieces from my published stories and will continue to post weekly book reviews for the foreseeable future. I’m just as excited about blogging as ever and plan to stick with it regularly.
Thank you so much for reading everyone. Have a fabulous day! 🙂
It#s funny how blogs evolve… mine certainly has and to be honest I struggle to know how to present it.
I loved how you described your blog’s evolution. I especially liked returning to blogging with a vengeance because that’s what I did this year. I started blogging on WP sometime in 2013. Initially my poetry was really basic or obscure. It took years of refining to reach a certain maturity and I know I still have a long way to go. I now write prose too and like you I’m sometimes afraid that readers would misconstrue my work. Mostly because I explore some dark themes. In the end, it’s all fiction. I’ve deleted many blogs in the past, but I’ve reached a stage where I want to keep what I write online and gain a small readership.
That’s awesome you’ve got back into blogging after awhile, too. 🙂 It’s amazing to see how things evolve.
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