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Writers are, as a species, hard on themselves. We tend to criticize EVERYTHING we do, pick it apart with that proverbial fine toothed comb. We encourage others, tell them to "be themselves" and to "ignore the inner critic" and yet we adamantly refuse to take our own advice.
We are ever-changing beings. Our bodies, our minds, our clothing choices evolve over time. Why, then, shouldn't our blogs?
I have been blogging for 8 years and I have seen blogs come and go; I've created and closed blogs. And I've watched many blogs go from something stagnate or floundering into a blossoming rose garden of magnificence.
THAT'S how it should be. We SHOULD be encouraged to grow and shift and change. We should allow our passions to over-ride convention. Why would you want to keep doing something that has grown stale?
I wouldn't and I don't.
I applaud those who take leaps of faith and allow their blog to organically absorb what they love. Perhaps some bloggers (and writers in general) don't realize it as it happens. Perhaps it's one of those things that they look back on and see the transition. It's natural as it happens; why would it jolt them?
And some may leave the fold, some may arrive.
The point is, in blogging and writing and, well, LIFE, we MUST allow ourselves to FIND ourselves. Allow your heart and soul to emerge from whatever it is you've been told to write, what you've been told you MUST do in order to have a "successful" blog or book.
Success is, of course, relative.
Go after your own passion and see what doors it opens!
Have you shifted your blog focus? Have you considered doing so? Have you ever changed genres, shifting from something "everyone approved of" into something that you KNEW would bring about a bit of persecution? Just curious...