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"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

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Writing about Writing....Ho Hum

I've been writing about writing way too much. Not sure why I went on the topic for so long but I'm quite tired of it. Soon I'll take my holiday blog break, which is a good thing because I've bored myself with all these posts about writing.

When I get back, I'm not sure what subjects will welcome in my new year. But I'm definitely up for a change of pace. I am so over posts about writing and publishing and marketing. Since it's what I do for a living, I really don't care to read and write blogs about it as well. I'm ready for a fresh new look and makeover.

What are you over in regard to blogging? Do you ever want to do a complete makeover on your site, including design, theme, post topics, etc? January is the month for makeovers and do-overs, and I am up for it. How about you?


25 comments:

  1. I like the way yours is all festive now!
    I think I burned out on promotional stuff. This month has been more fun stuff, which is what I enjoy. And a little bit less. I'm enjoying blogging less. Hope that's not wrong.

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  2. Alex, I figure where blogging is concerned there is no wrong. It's where we do what we do and we enjoy it or not. And if not, then it's time for a change. Even small subtle changes can make all the difference.

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  3. I cannot say I'm "over" anything, though my feeling about blogging is different. It's just different. Maybe I'll know by January. And maybe not.

    Blessings and Bear hugs.

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  4. I have a love hate relationship with blogging. It depends on my mood. I know it's not like it used to be.

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  5. Hi, Karen. Your blog looks so festive. I don't think I'm over anything as far as blogging. I do need to step up and do more with my other blog, From the Market to the Plate, because I think I have something to share. That is one of my goals for 2014. To do more with that blog.

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    1. Susanne, Interesting title, sounds like a cooking blog. I'm going there now to check it out!

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  6. The only posts I've had too much of are the inane ones about nothing much. I was tired of those before I had a chance to even attempt to care about them.

    Come back fortified, Karen. Anyone who can write and make cookies the way you do should do a lot of it.

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  7. I'm definitely looking forward to whatever creative thing you come up with! Happy Holidays to you and your family from me and Jen.

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  8. I can understand, I go back and forth about feeling burned out on blogging. I love it, but I feel like I need to figure out some new things to write about in the new year. Enjoy your holiday break! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Take care! :)

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  9. Hey Karen, I LOVE reading posts about writing, editing, publishing etc etc, but that's because of where I'm at - unsubmitted, unpublished.
    I love doing my blog over. Get very bored. Love your Christmas header. D

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    1. Denise, And I have always loved writing about the topic but there's so much out there now it seems redundant. I used to read everything on it as well but no more-- only if it's a specific topic I'm searching for, and if it's written with a fresh outlook rather than rehashing the same things in the same way.

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  10. I'll be in Cuba in January - so anything might happen on my blog!!

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  11. Hi Karen - your posts always have certainty to them and sense re writing - so I've enjoyed reading them. Good luck with the make-over .. and yes I hope to redo mine shortly .. and have some new projects - so life will continue on on the blog too - thankfully I've never tied myself down in my blog - so what inspires gets written about ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  12. I don't think I'm over anything. I'd like to find new ways to write about old topics. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. ~Miriam

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  13. I just write about whatever pops into my head or whatever is going on 'round bout me. I have always found all of you posts most interesting and rewarding Karen, for you educate and share what you know about best, however, I am anticipating your upcoming change and thanks for everything so far. Happy Holidays to you n yours :)

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  14. I took a break, which turned out shorter than I had intended. I changed the look of my blog by removing all the clutter, putting it at the bottom of the page and only showing one post at a time. I love it.

    The bad news is that I don't feel like writing right now. And it seems to me that my live is much the same, something I love, but who else would want to read about it, over and over again.Maybe it will come back. The good news is I still love to take pictures and they seem to never get old.

    You have been so very helpful to so many writers, of that I'm sure. I know you will find other good things to write about. I am grateful for your friendship, Karen.

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  15. I meant to say life, not live, above.

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  16. I'm ready. . .more than ready for a change. I just have to figure out what I want to do before I jump off and do it. Send ideas!

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  17. Your blogs have a definite focus, and that's a good thing. Mine don't. For the new year, I'm going to try and figure out focus!

    Mary Montague Sikes

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    1. Mary, I love your blog. It's about the creative life, and I always feel inspired by your posts.

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  18. I've long suspected that the only jobs in writing deal with writing about writing, for writers. I love to write. I write carefully, twice a week, in my blog. It keeps me Regular.

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  19. Hi, Karen,

    I can relate. I definitely find human interest and personal stories about our blogger friends a wonderful change.

    I have a post about my trip to Colombia today, so please drop by and say hi!

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

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  20. Love the blog's holiday flair! I'm still trying to find a blogging balance, but I'm definitely over trying to post every day. :)

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  21. I like your holiday photo also, Karen. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a successful 2014.

    As for a blog makeover, I've changed my substitute teaching blog into an Adventures in Writing blog because I'm writing a memoir about going to college with five children in tow. I made the mistake of having 2 blogs way back because I thought each blog needed to be about one thing. I couldn't make a 3rd blog about another topic, so I transformed one blog into the memoir writing blog. ...of course I still have twice the work to do to maintain 2 blogs. Oh well, good luck with everything, Karen.

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  22. Dear Karen, I've been away from blogging for a month because of taking a vacation and then recuperating from it! I'm back now and hope once again to look for an agent for my first-century Palestine novel. I've sent out many e-queries but the subject matter does not pique the interest of most to whom I've sent a simple query or a query plus a sample.

    I'm always interested in reading about writing. So I'll miss your take on the publishing industry and writing when you move on to new topics. But I always find your postings informative and thought provoking, whatever you write about. Peace.

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