I first began to blog after my marriage broke up. I was alone and in a new city and, frankly, scared. I started a semi-anonymous blog, not using my real name, but letting some of my friends know where to find me. Through this strange web of words, I discovered a universe of cyber connections. Not virtual relationships, but real ones. In many cases I never met the people on the other end of the inner-toobs, but their honesty and mine forged genuine friendships. Our palpable human interactions created community. This surprised me: the intimacy, the sharing, the love I felt for so many people I met through the blogosphere. And when I got to meet some of them in the flesh, oh how rich and dear that was.
Life evolves. My cyber-community started drifting apart. Facebook grabbed our attention. And after two years, I was tired of keeping up the posts. I also didn’t want to be anonymous any more. I left behind my blog about the same time that I left behind my last regular paycheck. I needed to try something new. I needed to branch out. So I started my own business. I was clueless, but proud of myself for figuring out how to create my own website. Not a great website, mind you, but I did it myself. After a break from my old blog it seemed appropriate to start this new one reflecting this new life as a self-employed editor and writer.
And life evolved again. In 2010 I celebrated the 20th anniversary of my ordination to ministry. I knew I no longer wanted to be a pastor as I once was, but I recognized and chose to honor that ministry is still part of who I am. And thus was born my second business, even as I kept up the first. And my second website, slightly better than the first. But I couldn’t manage another blog!
Now comes a new year and a new business. I am so grateful that an old friend visited recently and told me his story. When I sheepishly admitted I was starting my 3rd business in 3 years, he noted that most entrepreneurs (himself included) don’t really get going until their 4th or 5th business, but few ever make it that far, giving up after the 2nd or 3rd failure. That made me feel a bit better. Because I don’t see any of these ventures as failures. Fascinating experiments. Deep-end learning experiences. Ongoing possibilities, as I keep them alive, though not my current focus.
My writing about writing has slowed to a crawl here, on this blog, as I turned toward bringing to birth the two books I’ve been writing this past year. Now I am getting ready to publish one and to begin a major rewrite of the other. Whew. So, dear ones, thank you for being on this journey with me. Once my book babies are both launched into the world, I want to get back to helping other people bring their words to life. I’ve learned far too much not to share.
But in the meantime, look for an announcement … very, very soon. A book–and yes, a new blog–is coming your way!