Here's the backstory. I left my job at the newspaper I had been working at, in pursuit of a new career a a financial planner. I started working at a financial planning firm in my town, and I'm currently working toward becoming a full-fledged advisor. The upside is that this is what I want. This is a career that can have some great benefits for me and for my family. I had been working toward a job in this industry for the better part of a year, and to actually be here is pretty amazing.
The downside is that my job and corresponding responsibilities leave me very little time to blog. Writing is no longer part of my life in the same way that it was. It's not my day job anymore, so in order for me to write it has to take conscious effort. The automatic time is no longer there.
I also felt that I was getting a bit stagnant here. I love having so many different contributors to the site, but I didn't feel like I was adding any original content, and I wanted to find a way to continue to bring you authors and figures in self-publishing and the publishing industry while still offering my own insights.
But in my debates about whether or not it was worth continuing this blog, I couldn't shake the feeling that I still wanted this. I want to be part of this community, in this way. Blondie Marie has grown over the last two years, and I want to continue that growth.
I'm working on developing what that means right now. It's a work-in-progress (but aren't we all?) I want to bring you posts on reading, writing, and the publishing industry. I want to grow this community into a place that welcomes all types of writers and readers. I want to bring in other bloggers and content creators to build a network that seeks to help writers along their journey to a manuscript. And I want to share with you triumphs and shortfalls of my own work, both as a blogger and as a writer working on her first novel.
So, stay tuned. There's more to come.