I’m back.

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Well, here I am.

I stepped down from blogging two months ago in order to prepare for and participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. How did I do? I don’t have a novel, but I have a start. So that’s something, right?

The break from blogging was good in other ways too. I was able to spend more time with my wife and kids. I was able to make progress on some home repair projects. And I was able to get some perspective on whether my blog was a worthwhile investment of my writing energy.

On that last point, I found it pretty interesting that my break from adding posts for two months didn’t really hurt the number of daily visits that I had. Most people read my blog for two reasons, Raccoon Facts and the Origin of Bah Humbug. The few people who contributed to the daily visits for my newest content were mostly friends of mine from Facebook.

And now, I’m back–albeit somewhat differently than I was before. Here’s what you can expect from this blog: fewer posts with better focus.

Rather than just a space online where I can spill my thoughts, I want my blog to work for my writing career by being something of a resume for potential publishers to use when considering my stuff. In order for that to happen though, my posts need to be a bit more consistent with the areas in which I seek publication. That means that this will primarily be a place for flash fiction and thoughts related to fantasy and science fiction.

At the moment, I’m not going to delete the backlog of random posts, but I’m not going to rule that out as I move forward. I’ll see you each Tuesday and Friday for the foreseeable future.

Thanks for reading.

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7 responses to “I’m back.

  1. I deleted my own backlog last year, and I have a few thoughts about it. I wanted to streamline my site in general, so I kept only posts that I loved, fit into my new “theme” (I use that word loosely), or had lots of regular hits from new readers.

    I regret it. My SEO–or something– must have plummeted, and even after steady blogging for a year I still haven’t reached earlier levels of search engine referrals. I don’t think the other posts were hurting anything sitting there, as no one read them anyway. But perhaps if I would have slowly reduced my ill-fitting backlog, maybe that wouldn’t have affected things so drastically.

    But you’re a full-grown man, you do what you want! (I tell this to Eric once a week and he rolls his eyes at me.)

    • Good to know. I wonder if I slowly went through my old posts and meticulously edited them to fit within the scope of my new writing goals, whether I could have the best of both worlds. Only, that would take a ton of time and I may struggle with finding the appropriate tie-in for my post of 11 fun moose facts (http://wp.me/p2mw61-14q).

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