…When I started this blog back in Fall of 2008, my intentions were mostly to discover what this blogging business was all about and to find out if it was something I would even enjoy doing.  So I decided to jump in and write about my favorite thing in the whole world:  writing stories.

As it turns out, I really enjoy writing the blog, and it’s definitely something I want to continue with.  What makes me certain of this is the fact that I still want to do it even though I’ve got, like, eight regular readers.  (Thanks, guys!  I love you!)

At this point, I have given a lot of thought as to what I want to offer readers of this blog, what kind of folks I hope will show up to read this blog, and what I hope to get out of writing this blog.

I realize I just want to be read.  I just want to share things with people that they find meaningful and memorable and maybe even helpful.  I want to make people laugh.  I want to be honest.  I want to inspire.  I want to connect.  I want to matter…as a writer.

Somehow, I have to make this blogging endeavor support/bolster/power my first passion, which is writing stories, and not get in the way or steal time from it, and yet still offer my best to my readers on a consistent basis.

So I am refocusing this blog to be about the writer’s journey…specifically, my journey.  I am climbing in near-perfect conditions at this time in my life, and all I ever think about is how great the view is going to be from the summit. And what a life, huh?  Climbing mountains on the backs of stories.  I love it.

Although I have produced more and better work over the past year, I am still an amateur writer.  And it is as it should be.  I haven’t done the work yet to be a professional.  But I will.  I am now.

So this is the year I truly begin building my writing career.  I have a business plan.  I have lots and lots of ongoing projects.  I have snacks and coffee.  And I want to use this blog to help me stay the course…and maybe help you, Dear Reader, or at least give you a good laugh at my expense.  I don’t mind.

So I am treating this blog as part of my job as a writer.  I will share my business plan, report progress, bemoan failures, celebrate successes, and share funny cartoons.

I realize that this is nothing new, this follow-my-journey angle, but my story is new.  It’s new to me.  So I invite you to hike alongside me, to call down advice from the cliffs above, and to request assistance from the foothills.  We can swap stories and pop blisters together.

It’s gonna be great.



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