I’ve been going through what I think is a phase. Or maybe I’m hoping it’s a phase. I’m a huge advocate for being straight up about things and when it comes to myself, I try my hardest to practice what I preach. So to be perfectly honest with you, I’m kind of over this blogging thing. Let me explain.
I’ve been a writer all of my life. From daily journal writing to writing short stories in those Mead spiral notebooks (remember those?) while sitting in the middle of my bed as a pre-teen, I’ve always had a story to tell. Blogging is something like that, except that your audience drives a lot of your content. I have the freedom to write about whatever I’d like because JessicaSimien.com is solely owned and operated by me, but I realize that some of my readers prefer to read about things that I don’t care much about. I don’t watch TV often, I don’t get into all the celebrity news stuff and even relationship topics get old after awhile. Having to write about those things just to keep my page views high and opportunities coming my way feels like I’m not always being as true to myself as I want to be. That’s not a good feeling.
I’ve thought about quitting but then I’ll meet someone who reaffirms that writing and reaching other people through my work is what I’m supposed to do with my life or I’ll come across a student who wants to learn the ropes from me. I chose this life, not the other way around. (I hate when people say ‘this life chose me.’) I could have taken the easy route in life and been comfortable with wherever I ended up, but I decided to be aggressive and go for what was burning inside of me. So, I can’t quit.
There will be some changes on the site over the summer as we celebrate our two year anniversary and head into our third year of operation. Hopefully you’ll stick around to see them and become a part of them. If not, we understand. :) I should also mention that I’m in the middle of writing my very first book and I’m so excited about it. I can’t wait to share it with you all and hear your feedback and reviews.