I began this bloggy adventure a year ago last June. We have the same birthdays (mine's Sunday). Awhile ago I posted about the evolution of this blog called Establishing a Platform. So I won't recap any of that but I'm wondering if it's time to put Xena to rest.
JulieeJohnsonn, a talented artistic writer I met through twitter sent out this sweet tweet yesterday: "I really like the coziness of @KarenGowan 's blog site for writers. Feels like we're all sitting around having coffee." (Thanks, Julie!) And it got me thinking if maybe Xena isn't the best profile for my image here. Cozy and Xena don't really match up.
Let me explain Xena. The reclusive writer who had been hiding for so long (moi) needed to become a warrior. To go after things more, to not be so timid and backward and scared about stuff-- like blogging, twitter, doing presentations, and promoting my books. Xena really kicked my butt in gear. She helped me get more followers (thank you guys!) and refine my platform. But Xena didn't fool twitter friend Julie. Julie saw through the warrior princess to who I really am-- a cozy homebody who knits, reads cozy mysteries and who likes to have friends over for food, drink and conversation. And the blog is where my writer friends come to hang out. (Hi guys! Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! Want a cookie?)
Xena helped me get the courage I needed this past year as I ventured into social media and elsewhere. Thank you, Warrior Princess!
But I'm thinking of retiring her and bringing out the farm girl, who is more simple, homey and more like the real me. Plus it's my book cover, and if an author doesn't care enough to promote their work then who else will?
I think Xena would approve, don't you? But here's what's really holding me back: Xena and giraffe-- yes, nice mix. Nebraska farm girl and giraffe-- huh? no connection whatsoever. And I can't bear to lose the giraffe! So yes, I'm torn. Any suggestions? Should I retire both Xena and the giraffe? Ouch, that would hurt.
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf