The only constant is change

I feel like my time for telling stories might be winding down.  I have been actively blogging for over eight years, and have been writing rather intensely for the past three.  I thoroughly enjoy sharing ideas through words – and yet, lately, creating blog posts has felt more like a task than a pleasure.  After spending the past few months struggling with the decision of do-I-or-don’t-I-keep-writing, I think I have come to a conclusion: I will keep writing, but it will look and feel different than the blogging I have done in the past.

Up to this point, every blog entry I have created has been a stand-alone story, written to the best of my ability.  Crafting (and sharing) these stories really was a lot of fun, and it definitely helped me develop and refine solid writing skills.  But taking such care to generate unique, creative, and well-developed items requires a lot of energy, effort, and time.  I found that I was starting to spend more and more time tucked away by myself in my office or at the library, clacking at a keyboard, and less and less time with other people, actually living.

I have so many things I want to do in my life – and I want writing to be a supportive tool to share these experiences, not a hindrance that keeps me from them.  So, from this point on, I am giving myself permission to change the manner in which I write.  Gone is the need to create meticulously-edited, magazine-quality articles; a published ‘rough draft’ is fine for this space.  Not every post has to be a sequence of paragraphs that flow smoothly; a bulleted list of key thoughts and ideas can usually convey the jist of what I’m trying to share just as well.  Entries don’t need to be 1000%, fully comprehensive; short blurbs that call out key highlights can be just as informative (and entertaining).  Basically, I give myself permission to write whatever is really on my mind, however it wants to come out onto the page/screen – be it a list, graphic, picture, as a random-stream-of-consciousness-ramble-of-ideas, or some other format that is somewhere within me but yet unknown to me.

Ah.  This feels good.  Already I feel relief from the self-imposed pressures I have been placing on myself.  This approach to writing feels more manageable.  After all, I create these entries because I want to remain connected to the people in my life whom I don’t get to see every day (as well as the new friends I have met along the way) – so I want this space to reinforce relationships, not get in the way of them.

So.  Welcome to yet another evolution of this blog.  I’m curious to see where it goes from here…  🙂


About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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16 Responses to The only constant is change

  1. Touch2Touch says:

    Not that it’s my business, nor that I have such valuable opinions, but I’m gonna say it anyway: Hooray!

    For freedom, spontaneity, wotthehell-ism. Make way for something new!


  2. V.V. Vaymin says:

    Sounds like a good plan 🙂


  3. rutheh says:

    Your post comes at a perfect time for me. Last night I was trying to post the daily photos of the music at my house and the server seemed to be down so I went to bed. I missed my postaday.
    So what? I thought as I went to bed. Then Sunday morning I went to post and it still didn’t work. A couple of people wrote, my sister called from NYC, where was the post with the pics of the house concert? My son in law suggested turning off everything and starting it all up after a rest. And it worked. But nothing bad happened that it didn’t get out. My self imposed schedule was off due to a force of nature, the weather I thought as the provider had emailed saying service might be disrupted. I just wanted to tell you how it is good to read about your changes as I contemplate my own.
    I’ve always looked forward to posting a daily photo but when it wasn’t possible, it didn’t seem to matter at all as I thought about the predictions of high winds and people bracing for a hurricane.
    Change is good.


    • Stef says:

      It’s amazing the perspective that truly significant events can bring – and how quickly I can forget those lessons just the same. Thank you for the reminders. And I fully agree – change is good. 🙂


  4. Good for you – this is an interesting new step in your evolution as a writer and a person! The great hing is, you can make another shift whenever it’s the right thing to do, and that will keep you growing! I’ll look forward to seeing your future posts and styles! 😉


    • Stef says:

      Thank you for your support and encouragement! And I love the perspective that I *can* continue to grow, evolve, shift, and even outright change. It’s a wonderfully liberating feeling. 🙂


  5. Every writer evolves. I look forward to following your journey wherever it takes you.


  6. cherylhuffer says:

    Good for you! It will be great, whatever you do!


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  8. A change to a more relaxed form of writing, as in just write, form be damned? Looking good, I say.i have to tell you, when I read the first sentence, my response was ” oh no, don’t leave” and I immediately began mentally crafting an email with suggestions as to now we might stay in touch! Whatever your style, I’m a huge fan of your view on things.


    • Stef says:

      Joss, thank you so much for your comments. I feel truly flattered by them, and I deeply appreciate that you feel I contribute something valuable to your world. I’m sticking around – just mixing things up a bit, trying to find a better balance between living life, and writing about it. 🙂


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