After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to close down this blog. I made the decision for a couple of reasons. First, I’m not entirely sure that many people read it every week. Which, of course, begets the question – if you blog and no one reads it, did you really blog? Not that I can blame people for missing my weekly babbling. There are so many blogs in this world, it’s impossible to read them all.
But being a tiny voice in a crowded theater is only a small part of my decision. Last weekend, I gave a speech at the New England RWA in which I told the audience, write the stories, and success will come. I recalled that my greatest success came when I didn’t try to force it. That is, when I focused on creating stories rather than on promotion. The past year or so, I’ve found myself moving further away from that philosophy than I like.
Truth is, so much of publishing success is lightning in a bottle. You can’t predict what’s going to take off and what isn’t. So I can spend my energy trying to create blog content I think will go viral or I can spend my time writing.
Don’t worry – I’m not going away completely. People will see me on Twitter (@BarbaraTWallace) and on Facebook (depending on how many people FB lets see the post) and I’ll be using this space to post news and excerpts. I’ll also be sending out my newsletter – with what I hope will contain more free reads and deleted scenes. I’m not really even giving up blogging. You’ll be able to read my thoughts regularly at both the Pink Heart Society and The Chocolate Box. (Seriously, if you’re not visiting these two blogs on a regular basis already, you’re missing out.)
Oh, and to those dedicated few who DID stop by here to read my blog? Thank you ever so much. Talk to you soon.