I am an author. It isn’t only that I have self-published. I have been paid by a publication for my written self-expressive work. It may have been a long time ago, but it is fact. So, I am an author, however thin my slice of that world may be.
Several years ago I began blogging. It is another form of writing after all. Originally I began blogging to sort out some personal issues. To purge, vent, off-load, dump, and self-explore. Over time many of the blog posts, while true, took on the flavor of stories. Well, they are stories. My stories. Some are dreams, fantasies, and make-believe. But many of them are true experiences.
A friend suggested that, to help sell my books, people would want to get to know the author. I can’t disagree with that. I pointed out that I have my blog. Virtually my entire life is there already. But I did realize a few things about the issue.
First, I have kept my blog a bit separate from my novel writing. It was my personal space, so to speak. I have in recent months used it to advertise a little. But the blog wasn’t positioned as a space about me as an author. The blog does not use my name, except as the author of posts and even that is a bit cryptic. Unfortunately I cannot change the namespace now, at least not without losing any existing links. But the name still works, BlogYinYang, as it is my collection of just about everything.
Secondly, the blog has been around for a good while. Many of the interesting stories have been allocated to the archives. I’ve made new friends and acquaintances in that time. Many might want to read about the time I almost burned down the subdivision, or my emergency exit romp, or about my experience with the albino skunk groupie, or learn about my hermit hole.
Given these thoughts and revelations, I have decided to rework my blog. To make it look a little different – but not much. To put some emphasis on “The Writer’s Life”. To revisit, repost, or embellish some of those old telling personal blog posts and bring them to the front once more.
Time to turn the page.