I'm hoping to get back into blogging again. I don't want to think of this as a New Year's resolution (though Happy New Year to anyone who's still following this after so long or who stumbles upon it anew), because resolutions are so easy to break. It's a goal, though, part of a much more wide-ranging set of goals I have for this year and beyond. In fact, it's part of a plan, all meticulously mapped out, of what I hope to accomplish this year and within the next five years.
I've been hesitant to do such detailed planning in the past. I think I'm at a point, though, where it will be valuable to me. I have a copy here of Jeff VanderMeer's Booklife, which I'd been planning to get for Christmas ever since it came out, and he argues pretty convincingly for creating some kind of strategic plan. I've broken my plans and goals down into what I want to accomplish creatively; what I want to accomplish from a visibility/publicity/marketing kind of standpoint; and things I'd love to achieve but have little control over beyond constantly submitting stories and queries and the like.
So this blog fits in the middle category. I'm not going to suddenly turn into a publicity hound or do crazy things just to get attention--that's just not me, and if I tried to do that with my blog, I'd quickly become disillusioned. About a year ago was when I stopped blogging regularly (after some two and a half years of generally pretty regular posting)--I just became so overwhelmed with all the ways it seemed I should be marketing myself, between Twitter and Facebook and blogging and LJ and various forums and... It just became too much, so I shut down even what I had been doing. Unfortunately that included losing touch with people as well, which is probably my biggest regret of the past year, and something I also hope to repair. In most ways, then, this blog will simply return to the kinds of posts I was creating in the past as I dip myself back into the online world.
I do have a few more specific themed posts that I plan to begin next week, though, a bit of structure to help me post even when nothing comes to mind. So the goal for now is to have at least two posts a week and see where it goes from there.
I think that's enough of an intro to 2010. Happy New Year (again) and now back to writing (and picking up toys, and loading the dishwasher...).