Changing direction

If you read this space regularly, you’ll know that I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with a steady posting schedule. I started out full of words and energy and thought I could keep up with a rigorous schedule of 3-5 posts a week. I had a lot I wanted to say about Kickstarter, and geekery in general, and there were a lot of great projects to talk up and creators to talk with. And I dove into it.

While I have enjoyed it a lot, and I remain flattered by the number of people who read my posts and follow my Twitter, I have missed having the time for reading, and just couldn’t bring myself to give up on my ambitions to write creatively for an audience.

Chuck Wendig has some tough, fair, and delightfully profane things to say to “so-called aspiring” writers. He posted it a while back, and it hit home with me and has stuck with me since. I am one of those who aspires but who does not do. I’ve spent a long time watching from the cheap seats, and now I want to get in the game. And there’s only so many hours in the day, and life is short, as you all know.

Now, I’m going to keep the blog, and keep the Twitter, because hey, it’s been a while since I’ve had much of a regular posting schedule anyway, and I’ve made friends with a lot of you, and because I feel like keeping them. Their focus will shift. I’m still terribly fond of and intrigued by crowdfunding, and I am who I am so the projects I like will likely have a geeky angle. But, I will be less exclusive in what I choose to tweet about, you will see more writing-related stuff, and I’ll widen the scope of the blog.

I plan to spend much of my available time on writing, and less time on researching and curating the blog. Writing is writing, and I’ll be doing some writing here. I realize this might seem like the bait-and-switch to some of you, turning this into a personal platform, and turning away from trumpeting others and their projects. I’m sorry for that, and I won’t blame you if you don’t find the blog as appealing as you did before the change. If I find cool projects to share, and I’m sure I will find projects because they are EVERYWHERE, I will still share them here. But the pace may slow down, and some other stuff may show up, and I hope that’s okay.

I’m excited and a little scared to be saying this out loud, that I want to write creatively, because if I don’t manage it, I’ll feel like I’ve failed in front of many people. But I think that’s preferable to a few people knowing that I wanted to write, but never tried to do so. I’m going to give it a shot. If it goes well, fear not, I will let you know, and if it goes poorly, I’ll probably say that also. I hope you’ll stick around, because I’ve really enjoyed talking with all of you, and I’d love to keep talking to and learning from you all.

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One thought on “Changing direction

  1. Matt, I see you didn’t get any comment on this. Congrats! I’m absolutely with you on that. If you think, if you feel n your guts you have to write, then do it. I’m trying very hard myself to write every day and become a writer in a way that I can say: Hi, I’m writing stories, people read them and some enjoy them.

    And you’re right, there’s only so many hours in the day. So you have to stay focused and passionate and do what you have to do. And write! One of the most thrilling -and sometimes one of the hardest- things to do! Enjoy every minute. All the best from France!

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