A personal note
This blog started as a tool to plug the 2009 Florida Writers Conference. The idea was that we could market the conference by creating a blog of general interest to writers. In that, I hope, we have succeeded. In the past four and a half years, we have published nearly 1800 posts from myself and at least a couple dozen guest bloggers. We’ve had nearly 120,000 hits since the few hundred that viewed the first month. More than 900 people receive the blog via email every day.
I know what you’re thinking. And you’re right. When people start saying something like this…all retrospectivey and stuff…it means they’re about to drop a big one.
Well, I suspect you’ll live through this big one. Come January 1, the blog is going to change direction. For one thing, I’ve found myself starting to repeat concepts and sometimes even posts. It isn’t intentional. When you write something almost every day for a while, you’ll eventually repeat yourself without realizing it. I’m running out of things to say–and to be honest, I have other things I want to talk about. Things that aren’t necessarily appropriate for this venue.
This is all good news, though. Jamie White, who has absolutely kicked virtual butt as the queen of social media for FWA is going to manage the blog going forward. This is a good thing, because as fantastic as my voice and perspective is, it’s just one voice. I know nothing about poetry or what it’s like to be published or how to make sure your middle grade story isn’t too basic or too advanced for your readers. I’ve never written a memoir or illustrated a children’s book. The majority of the non-fiction I’ve written is in email messages or software manuals. (Though some of those emails are the best creative fiction I’ve ever written.)
In short, one of the great things about the FWA is its diversity. We have an enormous number of very talented voices that can bring you way more insight, wisdom, and maybe even laughter than I can. It’s my hope–and I think Jamie’s, too, that this change will help bring those voices to this blog.
I’ll still be around, blogging here and there. In a new role, I hope to expand the opportunity and benefits available to FWA members. And considering I probably write around 125,000 words a year for this blog, I want to plow some of those words into what I hope will be salable work that adds to the cultural content and maybe even to my bank account.
Finally, the internet is a vast and infinite place. You can literally read almost anything on a daily basis. It’s gratifying to know that people have taken time out of their days to read what I’ve written. Thank you for inviting me in that way. It’s very meaningful to me.
And keep reading. And keep writing.