There comes a time when change is required.
Everyone, you and me and that faceless stranger a few houses down, all hit the point when we realize the shit we do isn’t working. That’s fine. At that moment, when all the things we do and the goals in mind seem to be veering off the rails of life, it’s time to take a step back and analyze what went wrong. By doing so, we can figure out why nothing works and how to fix the problems thrown our way.
It’s a daunting process. For those of you who follow me, you’ve already noticed, I would assume, that my blog, ‘Wandering Worlds,’ has a new name. I’ve been here for two whole years and now I’m hitting year three. In these few years I’ve been working on this site, I haven’t really understood what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, or what I hope to accomplish.
This, I fear, is the fate of most new bloggers in our world. Few do the research necessary to succeed when jumping into a hobby/business like blogging, and, because of this lack of insight, most fail to rise. Many bloggers, who have great potential, quit. Depressed by the lack of engagement or interactions they were hoping to find, these new bloggers turn on the work they had started. They wander away, seeking new roads.
I’m not one to fall to depression. I’m about fixing what’s broken, hence the name:
‘Shadows of the Lotus.’
I know, without a doubt, that I’m a damn good writer. Being able to put my thoughts into words is one of the few things I’m good at. I’m a strong writer, I’m bold, and I’m not shy about putting my own truths out to the world. I can’t afford to be, not when there’s so much I want to say and so many places I intend to see.
Over the course of two years, I’ve come to realize something. Blogging isn’t easy.
After my last post, Blogging Tips for Idiots (Meaning Me), I started to look at what I’ve done over these two years. While I’m happy about all the things I’ve done, I’m not happy about my progress. I’ve bounced all over the place, ghosting from one odd subject to the next without really thinking about it. The content on this blog, it’s all over the place.
Which, frankly, isn’t a good thing. At all. I’ve been an idiot.
In this spirit of ‘Fix Your Shit, Britta,’ I decided I’m going to revamp everything I’m doing. It is, at this point, the only thing I can do…short of deleting the site and starting from the very beginning. Which I can’t do, given the 190+ followers I have on here. I can, however, start fixing the things I’ve been doing wrong and see where I can go from there.
Which means taking notes from what has worked and the things I’ve learned as a writer on HubPages. I’ve learned lots from my month-long task of writing articles. I’m doing well enough, with it, but it did make me realized how unorganized I’m here on this blog.
Like the ungodly number of categories I had. Had, being the key term. I managed to find a way to go through and delete all of them. My next order of business is going through and making new categories that actually work. Having 20+ categories, and few related, isn’t, by any means, okay. Don’t do it. Whatever you do, keep your categories below ten.
So, I decided to take my own advice. I cut my categories. I’m redoing those.
On the same hand, I’m doing the same to my tags. There were hundreds of them. Now, at this very moment, I’m down to nill.
When I decided to change the name of my blog here on WordPress, I had to think about what I want to do. I’m big into creativity. I’m a writer. There’s no getting around the part of me that needs creativity in my life. Part of the entire revamp is learning how to be healthy through creativity. The things that make us happy are the things that bring meaning and joy to our lives, which, in turn, helps keep us healthy.
For me, that’s art and writing.
This new name, for this blog, is a promise to myself. I know where I want to go with my own skill set. I have an idea what I want to see at the end of next year, but, in order to do so, I have to start hauling ass. I have to do my research, tuck in and start making things come together. Even if it’s hard at the starting line, the reward at the end will be worth it.
I also wanted to say ‘thanks’ to all my loyal followers and readers. Over the course of these two years, you’ve followed me and liked my stuff and kept coming back even when I vanished for a bit. Despite everything, you’ve always been at my back. For that, you have my eternal gratitude. So, thank you. Again. For everything.
I have a lot ahead of me, but, for the first time in a long while, I’m excited.
The end of this year holds a flicker of hope. Next year will be better. I have faith.