Looking for Change

Come April, this blog will turn two.

Well, that’s a bit of a cheat. I created the blog back in 2010, wrote a few scattered posts, and then abandoned it. It came to life again as the result of  my participation in a “platform” challenge in April 2011. During that challenge created by Robert Lee Brewer, I learned a lot about social media and blogging in general and met many kindred souls.

I began the “new, improved” Writerly Life blog with the idea that it would be about what the tag line says: the writing life–how I was/am living it–and writing craft. But over the past year, the blog seems to have gone in a different direction. My posts have moved toward more memoir and personal narrative than writing advice.

So as I approach the blog’s birthday, I’m thinking about change and direction: Is it time for a new look? Maybe a new title and/or tag line? Should this space be primarily a “writer” site that deals with writing craft and issues? Or should it be a place for memoir and reflection? A mash-up of both? The memoirs and reflective essays often tend to tie in with my writing life, so there is that.

I would love to know where you think The Writerly Life should go from here. I hope you’ll participate in the poll below. If I haven’t covered a suggestion you’d like to make or if you’d like to elaborate, please leave a comment.

The blog is for you, you know. Help me re-establish its identity.

(You may choose more than one answer.)

Author: Gerry Wilson

Fiction writer. Avid reader. Former teacher. Wife, mother, grandmother.

17 thoughts

  1. Gerry, I agree with Carol and Lori- what if you dedicated one day to posting memoir pieces, and another to writing tips? I follow a lot if blogs that do that and I like knowing… “Edie will post her social media tip today.” And I also agree that although I like the look, a little tweaking might generate new energy for you. Khara ran a great series last January with blog design tips. Maybe she is again this year. Good luck and have fun!

    1. Julia, I agree that a little more attention to an editorial calendar is in order! I’m headed for a new look, I think–mainly because I want to put the blog posts on the front page, and I think it *would* energize me. I bet Khara’s posts are in her archives. That’s a great idea. I remember reading some of them, but it’s time to re-visit. Thanks so much for your input. I really appreciate it!

  2. I had a change in mind for my blog, too, Gerry. It’s amazing was a redesign and a new editorial calendar can do! Good luck with your efforts. I voted more memoir; there are a lot of writing advice columns out there but your journey is unique.


  3. Actually … I’d say keep doing what you are doing, Gerry. You are discovering memoir through your writing. That is instructive and inspirational.

    You can double dip. Write memoir/personal essay. Then use it as an example in a writing lesson. Walk us through your process.

    I agree with Carol. A different look — new format, new photos, etc. — might energize you in an unexpected way.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the transformations. 🙂

  4. I know what you mean about blogs. You can get all enthusiastic about a topic and then fade out or simply get to busy or preoccupied to post regularly. I started one that I thought would be a poetry and fiction blog, only to let it languish. And then I resurrected it as a blog on women’s issues.
    I enjoy your memoir style. You know, you could start up another blog on a different topic if you wanted to do that, and if you have the time to keep up two blog threads. I’ve overextended myself in my blogs, and have to decide whether or not to shut down a couple of them permanently.
    As for who benefits from a blog: It is partly the reader, but perhaps at least as much the writer, who is forced to introspect and examine important issues and/or interests.

    1. Joanne, I’m not sure I could handle another one! I haven’t been handling this one very well lately. That’s why I’m trying to get back into it. I think you’ve given me some insight, as have a few others who’ve commented today, and that is that maybe I *need* the variety; maybe if the blog were *all* memoir, it would become boring both for me and my readers. Hmmm. Something to think about! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  5. I voted for all of the above with the exception of your name and tagline. To me, that is perfect. I would suggest a mix…60% memoir-based writings with the other 40% writing, photography, etc. But as you say and as you will see once you get through Marion Roach Smith’s book, it’s all memoir. You have a powerful voice. Now for the courage to use it. What’s that? Just me, cheering you on from the peanut gallery. Happy Anniversary, Gerry! I’m looking forward to the next two years.

  6. Gerry, It is a time for reflection, isn’t it? I have been thinking along the same lines. I was wondering if perhaps you posted on writing on one day and memoir on another? As far as the look of your blog, it is fine but you might be inspired if it looked different. A change might “rev” it up both for you and your readers.

    1. I think you’re right, Carol. A change might be more important for me than to readers. As for content, the memory/personal narrative posts are often turn out to be about story-telling, so they overlap with writing craft, I suppose. This is my *first* poll ever, so it’s fun to see the results. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  7. Happy Aniiversary of your birth, “Writerly Life”! I’m new to your blog, but I’m one of those “be led by the spirit” kind of people. What’s the first thing that pops into your mind, when you wake in the morning? What is it you want to share, that keeps coming up, again and again? What “sticks” with you? I think you’re so gifted and talented with your writing…that your faithful followers might just like *whatever* it is you want to share with the world.

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