Blogging has been, truly, a long strange trip for me. I started a site on Blogspot on June 1, 2007, largely to keep up with a couple of very long-time dear friends, whom I mostly kept up with via their blogs. (Hi Ron!, Hi Bev!) Since that first uncertain post, almost four years ago now, my life has been through so many changes, ups, downs, ins and outs that I am hardly the person I was then. In September 2007, I took some good advice and moved my personal journal to this site (which until very recently was at http://outofit-personal.blogspot.com) and focused my site at http://libdrone.info much more tightly on book reviews.
Only I never really did keep up with the journal on this site. There were a few months in 2008 when I did post fairly regularly (and most of those posts were about how very challenging it was to produce a daily book review site) but honestly this site never made it very far up my priority list. And that definitely shows. (I remain in awe of my friend Bev who for more than ten years now has published a daily, 7 days a week, journal of her life.) I learned more than a bit about blogging and web publishing. I learned about web site promotion. I moved on from Blogspot to self-hosted WordPress. Still later I moved on again to free-hosted WordPress (.com). My health took a turn for the worse and I had to retire from the library.
Being on disability is okay. Although under our insane health care system it requires taking a two year vacation from seeing doctors and taking pills. I’ve still got 9 months to go before I will have healthcare again, and my diabetes, blood pressure and bi-polar disorder are starting to really worry me (untreated). While I kind of know in theory how to create a money-making blog, I found that putting it into practice was oh so much more difficult than I’d ever imagined. I’ve found that free-lance writing is a very tough way to earn extra income. (Lots of buyers want excellent, eloquent, “native-speaking” English; but they mostly want it at wages that would be so-so in rural India, let alone the urban United States.) So now, I am working on writing a book, which I plan to self-publish.
And I find that what I really want to do, in addition to write books and play games online, is get back to this personal journal. Which has been online for nearly four years. And which I’ve never really made a serious effort at. Now that I know that I am never going to make more than pocket change for creating it; now that I have a much better understanding of how to create, publish and promote it; now finally I have come full circle; to publishing on BlogSpot; about my life and my feelings. I don’t know if I will ever have the self-discipline to post every day, but I’m going to give it a go.
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