I finally made the big move with not a little anxiety. After utilizing Blogger for the past four years as my author blog, (where I have over 1000 followers and 4000 views a month), I'll now blog on my website, karenjonesgowen.com, (where I have 29 followers and about 100 views a month).
Probably not a smart move. But I have my reasons---
1. Scattered online presence. Facebook, Twitter,
Blogger, website– all the places I connect with people take time, and I need to focus, be less scattered, write more books.
2. I want to write in more depth about my interests
in family, food, relationships, how people deal with issues of time and
money. I’ll post once a month and give it some thought. On Blogger, the trend is to post a lot, comment a lot and attract followers. I’m over
3. Most of my followers here are writers
interested in issues related to book publishing. I’ll still post as
an editor, thus keeping Karen the writer separate from Karen the editor.
Again, less scattered, more focused. Plan on one or two posts a month. Not sure if this is enough to keep an audience but we'll see.
4. I’ve always wanted to write a book of essays on family life. Why not try them out first as blog posts on my website?
5. Following and commenting on Blogger blogs is getting increasingly difficult. 90% of the time when I click on my Reader it says I follow no blogs. Or they simply don't appear. Add to that other issues like captcha and Google + profiles instead of Blogger profiles, and it's just not worth it to me to fight the system with what limited time I have to connect with my online friends.
Catch me on Twitter @KarenGowen. Or stop by the website. I'd love to add your blog link to my sidebar so we can stay in touch. And I've re-opened From the Shadows to the Page, my quiet blog, where I'll post occasionally because it amuses me.
No, it may not be a smart move but I go with my heart and right now, this is
where it’s leading me. *fingers crossed* Wish me luck!
Have you ever made a big change that scared you?
"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