Saying Goodbye to the Blog

This post is written with a heavy heart and leaden fingertips, but after four years, the Write Transition is coming to an end.

It’s not because I don’t enjoy blogging. It’s not because I think blogs aren’t a great tool for writers. And it’s definitely not because I don’t enjoy the interaction. (In fact, Scarecrow, I’m going to miss you most of all.)

scarecrow goodbye

It’s simply because on an average day, I spend more time on social media and book promotion than I do:

  • Working on my manuscript

Or

  • Living real life

Neither of these things is a good thing, the first because I’m behind on deadlines for my third novel, and the second because life is too short to spend the majority of it online.

So while I’m keeping this WordPress site as my personal website, along with roughly half of my old posts, I’m changing things around so it looks more like a website and less like a blog.

On the rare occasion I do publish a post, it will be a brief update on my fiction, a relevant article to others in the industry, or maybe even a book review. But given the non-interactive nature of those types of posts, I have no expectations of visitors unless the topic is of interest. Blogging is a reciprocal process, and I can’t expect anyone to routinely visit mine when I can no longer visit theirs.

Which brings me to the especially sad part of this post, because I’ve greatly enjoyed our interactions.

I mean, greatly.

No, seriously, GREATLY.

The blogging community has been very good to me—sharing my posts, spreading the news of my book releases, entertaining me with their witty and insightful posts.

But it is what it is, right? I’m not getting any younger (as my teen sons so graciously remind me). I should be cranking out novels faster than one every two to three years. This is the most logical step I can think of to get me there. I suspect other writers reading this know exactly what I mean. In fact, I’m probably preaching to the choir.

I’ll still be on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, and yada yada yada. (And this Twitter site that, judging by its sad number of followers, most people who finished reading Eating Bull didn’t realize was real. Hehe.) But I won’t be zipping through the blogosphere. Of course, don’t be startled if every once in a while, I slip onto your site and leave my Gravatar calling card.

Because, you know, you fabulous people are a hard lot to quit.

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Carrie Rubin is a medical thriller author. Her novels include Eating Bull and The Seneca Scourge. 

 

446 Responses to “Saying Goodbye to the Blog”

    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. I’ll be pitching my novel in New York at ThrillerFest on Thursday. Worked almost nonstop but book 3 is done. Phew! Hope you’re well!

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  1. HonieBriggs

    Well, there you go. 440 commenters said it all before me. I am sorry I was so preoccupied with real life that I missed your farewell post. You will, no doubt, be missed in the blogging sphere. I will be on the lookout for novel number three. All the best to you, Carrie. Happy writing!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Honie. It wasn’t easy to walk away, but it was probably for the best. My novel is finished and edited and I’m ready to pitch it this week in New York at ThrillerFest. But I do miss reading all those wonderful blogs. Sigh.

      Have a great summer! I’ll stop by your site when I can. What you’re doing with the human trafficking issue is fascinating. Good on you.

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  2. S.E.May

    In 2012 yours was the first blog I followed. You made me feel extremely welcome into a world that was a bit of a mystery to me. I understand your reasons completely, they are why I am an infrequent blogger. There is so much to do out there and you’re a busy woman. I look forward to reading about your writing success.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. Since I stepped away I’ve gotten so much done. Not just with writing but with other things too. So it seems it was a smart move even if I miss it. Hope you’re doing well!

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  3. Bumba

    As the primary contributor on the EverydayAnotherStory blog, actually the sole contributor, as the other staff members, also being myself, are lazy SOBs, I understand what you’re saying and applaud your decision and clear resolve. The half-life of a blogger is two years tops, and who wants only half a life? All the best Carrie. Check out my blog today. I’m giving out copies of my novels, and would be happy to send you one. All the best, my friend!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. It was a smart move. I’m making great progress on my manuscript, and I’ve had time to get some other things done too. 🙂

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  4. Kate Johnston

    Just want to stop by and add to the farewell wishes. I know I’ll see you out and about on Twitter and Facebook, so I try to console myself that way. Hopefully, the next time you do a signing in NH I’ll be able to swing by and meet you! 🙂 Best of luck with your writing and the move. Can’t wait for book #3!

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  5. Curmudgeon-at-Large

    Thank you for the interaction, spirited commentary and witty remarks. You may leave your Gravatar calling card at my blog anytime. (You don’t even have to wipe your feet first.)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Oh good, because lately my shoes have been stained with cicada guts. Well, maybe not literally, but it seems that way with the number of them flying around.

      Thank you!

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  6. roughwighting

    I’m deeply disappointed. I understand, but wow, I’ve really enjoyed our communication via our blogs the past few years. I’ve learned a lot from you – all good – from publishing to writing to social media to teenagers to Ohio weather and the joys and frustrations of being an author. I won’t say goodbye. I’m sure we’ll connect again in ways unseen now. I DO enjoy your tweets. 🙂 Best wishes, Carrie.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. It was difficult to walk away, but I have so much going on in my life right now, it made the most sense. Plus, we’ll likely be moving within the next few months so you know how much time that consumes. Best of luck to you, and I’ll catch up with you on Twitter. 🙂

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  7. Sangeeta Pradhan RD, CDE

    Dear Carrie,
    I’m really going to miss you and your clever posts! But I empathize with you as I think most bloggers do. who are torn between all the other stuff we have to juggle and pick our priorities! I wish you the very best! I’m sure your next novel will be a huge hit as well:)).
    Take care.

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  8. Sue Archer

    Carrie, I will miss your posts, but your decision makes perfect sense. I’m going through a similar struggle, and have had to put blogging on hold for now. I can’t wait to see what your writerly brain will cook up next. (And if you’re ever looking for an ARC reader, you know where to find me!) I wish you all the best. 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much. I’ve already gotten so much accomplished, so as difficult as it is to leave, I think it’s what had to be. And thank you about the ARC offer. Very nice of you!

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  9. Sandee

    I hear you, girl! It’s so true — you’re talents are definitely needed in a few different places. It’s hard to balance everything. I’m so glad to hear your dedication to writing, and I’ll be looking out for more. Nice seeing you in the blogosphere, God bless and be well…

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you, Sandee. It’s already paying off, but it’s difficult to not open my reader and check for all those new blog posts. But I’m getting so much more done. Take care and thank you for stopping by.

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  10. Christy Birmingham

    We’ll miss you, Carrie, but I totally understand that you want to focus more on your books. Eating Bull was fantastic and you know I’ll support you with the future releases too. MANY hugs xoxo and do keep in touch!!

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