October 8th, 2011
This Old Blog

Lately dh and I have been looking around our house and feeling buried by our possessions. We are NOT knick-knack people. In fact, most people would probably walk into our house and consider it sparse. (We don’t.) We have lived just long enough to have acquired a lot of, let’s face it, CRAP! Slowly but surely we’re figuring out how to pair down so we can live more ‘comfortably’. We aren’t doing this to have a smaller ‘eco’ footprint or to ‘save’ money. We’re doing this for our own piece of mind.

Pairing down doesn’t just include getting rid of ‘things’. It also means cleaning up document folders, trimming desktop clutter, re-examing what works and what doesn’t. I began this blog in December of 2002. The ebook ‘revolution’ was just getting started. There were a handful of maverick e-publishers who led the way. Of course, it took years for the rest of publishing to pay attention to them. (It’s easy to dismiss something you don’t understand.) This blog served me well, especially in the beginning since very few authors were blogging at the time.

Like the changes in publishing, blogs have evolved, too. They are still useful, if you want to keep one to journal on or if you’ve built a platform. If however your blog becomes like mine, where it doesn’t have a particular identity and a lot of the articles (lately) have been rehashes of older entries, then it’s time to reevaluate its function and worth.

I have given my blog’s function a lot of thought and have come to the conclusion that at present it is not useful. My entire website needs to be re-examined and re-designed. Before that can happen, I need to re-invent myself. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do that, but I know limping along on the same dead end road won’t get me to where I want to be.

I’ll continue to make announcements about releases, sales, agent news, new websites, etc. as they come up.

Until then, the blog will officially be on HIATUS.

Thank you for visiting for the past nine years. I look forward to ‘seeing’ you in some capacity in the future. 🙂

This is Jordan signing off.

10 comments to “This Old Blog”

  1. If you’re still on Facebook and Twitter, I’ll keep an eye on you there 😉

  2. Hey Tez, I’m not on Facebook–purposely, but I am still on Twitter. 🙂

  3. I hear you, Jordan. With the introduction of social networks, blogging isn’t what it used to be. I, for one, do not blog or visit blogs daily like I used to for years. There’s just no time. I stink at Twitter, but I LOVE Facebook. I share there frequently and get far more interaction than I ever did or do on my blog. Being present on FB has proven advantageous for me personally and professionally so, with limited time, that is where I concentrate my efforts. I only blog now to share extended posts revealing good news or updates regarding my books. Best of luck finding the ‘new’ you. Reinvention often works wonders. Thinking of you!

  4. Beth, I know some people love and thrive on Facebook. You are just one of my friends who really enjoy it, which I think is great. I’ve tried it via my mom’s page and thought it was cool to look up old friends to see what they’re up to, etc., but I have to admit that the ‘shine’ wore off pretty quick for me. I think like writing, or any other artistic endeavor, people have to find what they’re comfortable with and what works for them.

    For the longest time, blogging was that thing for me. Now, not so much. Like you, my blogs from here on out will be to share news.

    Thank you! 🙂

  5. I’ll miss your more personal blog posts & musings about writing/publishing, but I totally understand your decision.

    I will certainly continue to keep an eye on the place for any news, but I guess this just means I’ll have to email you more! 😉


  6. Karen, I drop by your site every time you post. Though I’d never pass up the opportunity to have private emails with you. 😉

  7. Farewell, sweet blog! (Heh, look…I commented twice in as many weeks. LOL)

  8. Jackie, Yes, you did. 🙂

  9. I’m glad you’ll still be posting the publishing news. I appreciate all the tips I’ve picked up from you over the years. Enjoy your hiatus. 🙂

  10. Bernard, I’ll definitely keep everyone posted. 🙂 I’m glad you were able to get some stuff from all the posts. These days publishing is changing so fast that I can hardly keep up. All the ‘rules’ are gone. We as writers need to create our own play books from here on out.

    Thanks, I intend to. 🙂