I’m a Writer, Not a Blogger, Jim!

You didn’t think I was coming back, did you? After my last very short post,

if hindsight were 2020 I’d have never started blogging,

you probably thought I was done. For good. If you did, you’d be absolutely right. I am done. I’m done with the traditional model of blogging, the idea that you have to pick a niche, stay within it, and write the same crap over and over.

I’m done offering a stupid newsletter. They’re only meant to manipulate, grow a list, and sell you stuff that you probably don’t really need. And email campaign sites like MailChimp are frickin’ clunky and difficult to use.

Plus, I hate writing newsletters. It makes me feel icky. Getting stuff in my inbox that I don’t really want just irks me, so why should I do that to my readers? And finally, my email list never really helped to grow my audience or lead to sales. So there!

I’m done offering free ebooks as incentives to signup. You can buy my ebooks if you really want them. They’re at Amazon, and they’re cheap.

I’m done creating courses that I have to spend hours creating only to discover that no one is signing up because I don’t get enough traffic.

I’m done sharing my writing five times a day on several different social media sites. Maybe three times a week? And maybe delete Twitter? Oh wait, how will I get my personal posts from 45?

I’m done dealing with all the technical problems that come with hosts and servers and code and plugins.

I’m done blogging.

I’m done.

I’m a Writer, Not a Blogger

But I’m not done writing.

When I started blogging, I used it for nothing but a writing platform. And that’s the way it’s going to be from now on. And if my blog gets infected with malware and the whole thing gets corrupted, you can kiss my blog’s butt goodbye. Maybe I’d go to SquareSpace? I’ll definitely post some at Medium.

I’m a writer. I love to write. I think I might have a few good ideas, and some creative stories to tell. But I’m not going to drive myself crazy trying to reach 100,000 people. I’m going to write whatever I want to write, whenever I want to write. And whoever reads it, so be it.

I’m going to write a littleĀ more about life and a little less about the world’s perception of success. Productivity is cool, but I’m not going to push it down anyone’s throat, including my own. I’m going to continue to write about simplicity, because I believe in it, but I won’t try to sell you a program or a movie.

I’m going to write more poetry and more music.

But I’m not going to blog. Blogging gets in the way of writing. It requires that one tries to sell themselves, (soul included), in order to get numbers, readers, dollars.

I’m done blogging.

In the words of Dr. McCoy from the original Star Trek,

I’m a writer, not a blogger, Jim.