I have a problem.
OK, besides that one.
…take a look at the date of the last post.
So it’s been about six months since I updated that blog.
I’ve found that I can’t keep writing about writing, writing about ministry, and write things that may actually be good enough for publication. I haven’t posted to Seeking New Earth simply because I’ve been writing a novel.
So, what’s the big deal? Well, if I’m actually going to aim at publication, I need a platform for me as an author. Which means I should really have a “writing blog” that I update regularly. Granted, that doesn’t have to be weekly, but it should be regularly.
But if I’m writing my novel and keeping up that writing blog, it means dropping Ordained for Growth. That’s not acceptable to me. This blog is necessary for my health. Seriously – typing all this out helps me stay sane. If I lost this outlet, I think I’d be worse off for it, particularly when depression hits.
Which… kinda leaves me in a strange place.
I’ve been trying to brainstorm a solution that allows me a place for writing about ministry, a place that serves as a platform for me as an author, and still have time and imaginative energy to write “privately” aiming at publication. There’s a few options I’ve thought of:
I could collapse the two blogs into one, so that there’s one place for me to write about ministry and also post fiction stories and the like.
I’m not a fan of this option. While I am certainly one person, I suspect the person who may be reading this blog because of my struggles with depression or experiences in ministry would not be terribly interested in a story about a woman waitressing for an orc family. I could make it work, but I think I’d lose what makes Ordained for Growth a “safe” place for me to post. (And likewise, many people who enjoy stories about a cross-universal stalker probably aren’t terribly interested in reviews about religious books. Or, rather, the crossover is relatively slim.)
Could I set up a Facebook page for my authorial activities? That has some appeal to me. It takes far less energy to post something on FB than it takes to write a blog post. I could then post links for when I’m published, as well as try to support other friends I have that happen to be writers. (And one more bonus link!) At least as of now, I don’t think I’d need anything more than that. So this is the way I’m leaning.
But what do you think? Do you have a solution? Am I overthinking things? I do think I’m set to continue writing Ordained for Growth… I don’t think this blog is likely to change. But what do I know?
Let me know in the comments, please!