Changes are coming, welcome to PBW 2.0

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently, about where I am in life and, more importantly, where I want to be. I’ve taken a good hard look at my goals and I’ve realized that some things need to change. 

I also realized that it’s been years since I’ve done any sort of update or improvement to this here site. 

Since 2014, a lot has changed in blogging. Sadly, many bloggers that I used to love are no longer writing. People who used to be a weekly inspiration, who’s blogs posts I waited for and checked for and stopped everything else to devour just aren’t writing anymore. I stumble upon blogs on Pinterest that I would love to read, but haven’t updated in years.

In one hand, that sucks for me and the other loyal fans of those blogs. We were reading, we were taking our time to come to the site or pull up the posts because we got something out of them. 

On the other hand, some of the people who left the blogging world did so for completely understandable and valid reasons. One, Lisa Jacobs, left because she wanted to get a more traditional job so she could focus on her family more. Some leave because they want to devote more time to their other work, or because they’re not getting the same thing out of blogging that they used to. 

Some people find that they simply no longer have anything to say about a topic. Many bloggers have switched to podcasts or vlogging. Some bloggers should have stopped writing, or at least changed subjects a while ago because at this point they’re on repeat. Not naming any names here. They know who they are.

Before we go any further, I’m not closing down Paper Beats World. I like it here and I still feel like I’ve got plenty, plenty, to say. I’ve been on this earth for thirty-three years and I don’t think I’ve ever run out of things to say. But I might be out of things to say about writing. 

I also want to commit more time to work on fiction writing. I have some big, shiny, scary goals that I want to reach in the next ten years, and I need to take a look at my habits and make some changes.

So, with all this being said, I’m announcing today that Paper Beats World will be going through some changes. The new and (hopefully) improved PBW will launch on October 4th. It’ll have a whole new look, and hopefully a slightly new feel. 

Here’s what you can expect from me, starting then.

1. We’re going down to one blog post a week, on Fridays. 

2. Those blog posts are going to deal with topics concerning speculative fiction, fun things that are happening in my life and sometimes world and political events. I’ll be as respectful as possible.  3. I’m going to have the time to work more with the PBW Update. It will start going out again as of Monday. If you’re not signed up yet, here’s a link.

4. The site will have a whole new look, whole new color scheme, and just be all new and spiffy. 

I’m a big believer that if we stay still, we get stagnate. I’m not down for that. I’m very excited about these changes, and I hope you are too.

One thing that’s not going to change is that I always want to know what you think. If you have anything you want to see here, please let me know. Honestly, if you have any suggestions or questions at all, let me know in the comments below.

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