For the past month, I have been debating whether to continue writing My Musings or retire the blog. Depending on the day, I can list many reasons to keep posting or just as many not to do so.
I started the blog about five ago. Since then, I have provided strategies and support to indie authors, mostly through personal experience. I’ve come a long way and hope that you, my reader, have done likewise.
At the beginning of this year, I started learning from highly successful indie authors: Nick Stephenson, Mark Dawson, Wesley Atkins, Joanna Penn, and others. I encourage you to check out these exceptional authors to see all that they have to offer. Yes, they share amazing information and offer products and classes worth your while.
As I have immersed in their classes and followed their guidelines to success, I realized that I needed to change my focus to achieve my goals and spend more time writing books and then marketing them.
As I analyzed what to change, I realized that even though I loved to blog things have changed. Why?
#1. I’m not posting
This morning, I was surprised to learn that this year I only had two postings. Not enough to show you my writing evolution or to fulfill my commitment to providing you with strategies and support.
#2. I’m too busy
This year, I have published three books and am learning how to improve my sales with advertising and developing a community with my fans. I am starting a monthly newsletter for subscribers to my mailing list. If you think you might be interested in learning about my books and promotions, please sign up for my Woman on Her Way email list. I’ll even you give you a free copy of Camino Quotes and Poems: The Meaning of the Journey for doing so.
#3. Blogging is now more work than fun
Initially, I loved posting to My Musings. The blog helped me find my voice and hone my writing skills. I enjoyed sharing my author’s experiences as I progressed from a newbie indie author to a more experienced one.
I only do this because I’m having fun. The day I stop having fun, I’ll just walk away. ~ Heath Ledger
Lately, blogging has lost its appeal. Even though I could “fake it” for a while, I think that you would quickly sense my lack of enjoyment, and that would not be fair to you.
#4. I don’t feel as if I am making a difference
My primary purpose has always been to be an indie author, writing and promoting my books. It has never been to blog about the business of writing.
When I started learning how to be an indie author, many of the bloggers that I was following were encouraging others to blog as a way to develop recognition as a subject authority. Instead of blogging about traveling and hiking, a topic I knew quite a bit about, I wrote about being an indie author. Since I was just learning the field, I only had my personal experience and what I was learning to write about. Now, I suspect that was not enough.
#5. There is a plethora of blogs for indie authors
When I started My Musings, I was so enthused. There were not too many authors writing about the business of writing and becoming an “authorpreneur.” Now there are many such bloggers with more experience than I doing just that. Here are lists to some of them:
So, goodbye my dear readers and fellow indie authors. I wish you every success.