Aaaaaah. A year gone by, and now is the time I look back at what I wrote last year and think about how well things have gone.
First of all: wow! Just wow. It’s been such a busy year with tonnes going on and I can hardly believe I’m still standing after all the crazy things I decided to do. Ileandra and Raven will go through the specifics in more detail during their posts, but the list of Our Books has exploded over the last six months. So many new titles, so many new projects, lots of exciting series starting up.
I have a lot to be pleased about and just seeing those titles gives me faith that if we just keep going, we’ll see more good things in future.
This blog has been a wonderful outlet for me. Through Ileandra and Raven I’ve been able to talk about all sorts of fascinating subjects and meet dozens upon dozens of super cool people. I’ll not likely forget the good times I’ve had here.
But . . . the blog still isn’t doing what I need it to do. I’m not reaching readers and while engagement has lifted slightly in the last few months, I’m not as dedicated or happy with my output across these pages.
In light of that, I’ve decided to close the blog.
This isn’t a decision I’ve made lightly. I’ve been chewing on it since November, when scheduling changed to give Ileandra and Raven alternative Mondays.
I hoped that reducing the work load would help to rekindle the joy I once had in crafting the perfect post and putting it out in the world. Alas, it hasn’t. What it has done, which I count as an positive, is show just what I can achieve if I turn more of my time to writing fiction. So that’s what I’m going to do.
The blog won’t stop dead: Ileandra needs to finish talking about fantasy creatures and Raven would pitch a fit if I cut her off because she could wrap up her chatter about BDSM. But the plan is to end with a bang on the 1,000th post. That should take us all the way to March, possibly April (May?), at which point, the landing page for the blog will state that the blog has closed. But it will continue to be monitored.
I have no intention of dumping the blog. This site, the posts, the pictures, they’re all a monument to my work and six (possibly seven) very important years in my life. I want to be able to come back here and enjoy the nostalgia involved with reading old posts, so the domain will continue working, as will all the links. But there will be no fresh content after that 1,000th post.
But before all that happens . . .
Last year I talked about putting more free content on the two static websites for Ileandra and Raven. This kinda got sidetracked in the huge drive to produce the stories I had burning inside and I’m a little sad about that. But that drive not only produced a lot of titles, but a bunch of shorts, ideas and snippets that would make fabulous free content.
One of the things I’ll be doing this year is actually pushing on with that and ensuring the static websites are a bit more lively and interactive. And of course, fan-friendly.
At this time Caladria is on hold, but the Joined Up Writing Podcast is still going strong. We have reduced our schedule to long episodes every fortnight and shorter TMTs every Monday (though the holiday season knocked this a little out of whack). I’m looking forward to diving back into that and speaking to lots more interesting creatives as the months go by. If you’d like to appear on the show, or know of someone who would, the best thing to do is email (team @ joinedupwriting.co.uk) us with the details.
These have now switched to quarterly updates, with bonuses every now and then when a new release is due out. You can join Raven’s list here and Ileandra’s list here. Given that the blog will no longer be active come May, this will become the best way to stay up to date with news and releases. There will be content on the websites, but the newsletters will also have cover reveals giveaways and free stuff that the websites don’t.
So . . .yeah!
2015 was an incredible year; I learned a lot, about publishing, writing and myself. I’ll always look back on it fondly despite the occasional set back and disappointment. All those things have helped build who I am right now. In the coming months I’ll be taking what I’ve learned and moving forward, pushing on to create new, exciting things that you and I can enjoy together.
To say I’m excited is a wild understatement.