When I started this blog I had no idea what I wanted from it. I knew I needed a blog. Everyone everywhere you go screams about having your own platform and that without it you’ll perish in the noisy void that is the internet, but I had no idea how to do it successfully. Every writer I looked to was doing something different but they were all either wildly (superhumanly) prolific, or rarely spotted cryptids that still, somehow, managed.
I did my best to fit this blog into what I thought would work and to give it my own flair, but that didn’t quite catch. I was trying to fit myself into a box based on what I thought readers would want to see by writing how-tos. Turns out, though, that I’m just not geared to write those on the scale I thought I needed to be.
I’m not sad that I tried for so long, though. It was frustrating but educational. I learned about myself, my habits, and what I really wanted through years of trial and error.
After NaNo ’17 I stopped posting all together so I could have a good long think on what I wanted and how I wanted to do it. Writing how-tos took too much energy I didn’t have to give every week, and I had no outline for where I wanted to take the blog.
I decided that I still want to blog, but not the same way I did on here, and not with the same kind of content I had been trying to produce. I went back and forth on whether I should archive all my posts and revamp this blog to fit my new direction, or if I should delete it, but the former would be too much of a hassle, and the latter I couldn’t bear. So I am retiring Crazy Ink Slinger.
The blog itself will remain open to read for those that want to pursue it, but I won’t be posting anything here. I created a new blog and will be active on it from now on.
That blog is Shiloh Writes. I would be delighted if you would check it out and follow me if my new direction is of any interest. That blog is a daily writing log. I will post every day with my progress and pick apart what worked for me, what didn’t work, and how I succeeded or failed through it all. At the moment it is documenting my process of editing and rewriting my Witches of Texas manuscript, and then my journey to publishing it. It’s my way of keeping myself accountable for my writing, and of showing a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a writer in the daily grind.
I’d like to thank my readers and followers for sticking with me for so long. I had no idea what I was doing but you all seemed to be okay with that. I appreciated every like, comment, and view I’ve received.
So here’s to the sequel. I hope I’ll see you there.