My Plans For This Blog In 2017

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It’s official: 2016 is over!

Like many people I know, I’m still coping with 2016 and the events that have happened. We had a difficult summer in Florida this year, and just missed having terrible damage from a hurricane in my area. My dog passed away in October. November, and the eighteen months leading to it, featured the most toxic US presidential election I think we will ever see in our lifetimes. In December, I got very sick (a kidney infection) and though I’m feeling better now, I still have to have some tests done to make sure there were no lasting effects from the infection I had. These experiences made me realize that I had to prioritize my efforts and conserve my energy for the things that matter the most to my writing.

This blog matters to me a great deal. I do not want to give it up. In fact, this blog is one of those things that I want to expand! I want to be sharing my indie publishing experiences with others. It just so happens that I have a website that’s been pretty quiet but just ripe for a blog…

Now, there technically is a blog on the website, but it’s used very sparingly ;). The subject matter on there is pretty much only useful to readers of my books. This blog, Doing the Write Thing, started to take on a purpose after the first year, as more mature blogs tend to do. Doing the Write Thing is much more an author-centric blog than I had originally conceived it to be, and I’ve been chronicling my indie publishing journey here for almost three years.

I have a load of material I’d love to blog about here, but it just seems dumb to blog about it on a WordPress dot com site when I have a perfectly good website to host a blog.

Remember that last year, I had started a third blog, The Author Social Media Deep Dive, and you’ll notice that I migrated those posts to this blog. Even though it’s not formally done as of yet, I basically closed down that blog. I am thinking of doing something similar with Doing the Write Thing, by migrating posts from this blog to the SB James Author and Artist website. From there I can put those posts into their own category, to be accessed by the menu like the Author Social Media Deep Dive is on this blog.

To ease the transition, I will cross-post for a while, so anyone subscribing to this blog won’t have to go to the website to read the posts right away. I have some work I want to do on the site anyway, so this will be an ongoing transition. But I do want to be fully migrated by the summer of 2017. It’s not the highest priority project, but it’s something that’s been on my mind for quite a while and I think I’m at a point where I just need to do the things I feel like I need to do.

There are far more things someone can do on a self-hosted WordPress website that they just can’t do on a blog hosted by WordPress dot com. That being said, I don’t foresee closing this site down in 2017. It may be next year that I formally shut it down, if at all. But I just wanted to let you all know what I’m planning to do, and like I said before, I am hoping that this will ultimately prove to be an enhanced experience for the people who read my blog. I hope you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year, and I am very grateful to my readers!

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