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”

  1. Sheila

    I kept wondering how you could possibly keep up with it all! I still haven’t come back from my Christmas break yet so I know how you feel. 🙂 There’s never enough time for writing as it is and it makes it worse when we’re spending that time on the blog. Thank you for all your advice and laughter along the way. I’ll see you and the Goat Club on Twitter for more laughs!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Sheila. We’ll definitely stay connected on Twitter. Baaaa. It’s amazing how much I’ve already accomplished since I stepped away. So it’s bittersweet but probably necessary. Hope your writing’s going well. 🙂

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      • Sheila

        It’s getting there – most of my time is still sucked away by the day job but I’m hoping to get the book out there soon (of course I’ve been hoping for that for years now)!

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  2. annabellefranklinauthor

    Good decision! I’ll miss your witty and stimulating posts, but I fully understand why you’re taking a step back from the blogosphere – during the last fortnight I’ve been without a computer and I’ve written more in these 2 weeks than I’ve written for years! I’d love to take a longer break from blogging but Millie won’t let me 😉
    Thank you for your enthusiastic support of me and my books – and good luck with yours! 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. It’s amazing what we can get done when we’re not on social media. I’ve edited so much in this past week. I’ll catch up with you on Twitter. Best of luck to you too!

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  3. Kourtney Heintz

    Aw, I’m sorry to see your blog go because it’s truly been a great read. But it’s very popular and it must be hard to keep up with everyone’s blogs. So I understand needing to allocate your time more to writing. Hugs. Will be seeing you around in FB and Twitter.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. Difficult to step away but necessary, I think. I’ve already completed my third draft–accomplished in a week what would normally take me a few. So that’s the silver lining.

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      • Kourtney Heintz

        It’s so hard to do promoting and social media and well, write. Definite proof that you made the right decision. But you will be missed!

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  4. hilarycustancegreen

    I’m on a blog break at the moment, but seeing your goodbye, I just wanted to wave and say hope to see you now and then. I completely understand your position, I have the same problem, and will have to face the solution somewhere down the line. Good luck with the writing, that’s what matters.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. I’m already making a lot of process. Bittersweet but necessary, I think. Enjoy your own break!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. It’s bittersweet but necessary, I think. And thank you for sharing the post on Twitter! Just gave you a follow over there.

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  5. Bun Karyudo

    I read about your decision on another website and so came to say I’m sorry, but I understand. To be honest, I was never able to figure out how you could blog as much as you did, Carrie, given that you’re also a physician and a published author.

    I have a much smaller blog, a much less demanding job and I’ve never written anything longer than a couple of thousand words at a time, and yet I seem to do virtually nothing else but haunt WordPress and Facebook these days. I can only imagine what it’s been like for you. Did you get any sleep at all?

    Anyway, I’m relieved that you’re not shutting your website down completely. It means I can drop in every so often and find out how you’re progressing with your latest novel. At least this way, there’s a realistic chance there will actually be some progress. 😀

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much. But other than keeping up with my professional medicine requirements, I’m devoting myself to writing full-time. But much of that time was going to reading blog posts, and as much as I enjoyed it, it grew to be too much. I only posted once a week to every other week, and yet I was still on WordPress too much. Bittersweet to step away, but I’ve already made great progress on my manuscript. Best of luck to you. I’m sure we’ll see each other on FB and Twitter!

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      • Bun Karyudo

        I appreciate that it must be tough to bow out of WordPress, but I completely understand how you feel. I was busy this past weekend so I couldn’t do much on WordPress for a couple of days. I just checked, and I already have 306 notifications of new posts in my email inbox. This is after I took steps to try to streamline the whole reading process. It’s simply overwhelming. There just seems to be no way to keep up with the amount of stuff out there. I’m sure most of my blogging buddies must be in the same boat. Anyway, Carrie, I’ll see you on Facebook and good luck with your writing. 🙂

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  6. Pink Ninja

    Awwww…I completely understand as it definitely sounds like the right transition for you! Thank you for bringing your humor and wit in all your posts and comments, you will be well missed!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! Hehe, it is the ‘right transition’ to move from the ‘write transition.’ But it’s bittersweet too. Hope you’re well, and perhaps we’ll touch base on Twitter. 🙂

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      • Pink Ninja

        Haha…i thought you would like that play on words! Yes definitely keep in touch! I am very happy for you as i have finally found happiness myself 🙂 i couldn’t have done it without you!! Hear we soar!! 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! I’m already making great progress. Should be able to get back on my schedule. Hope you’re doing well!

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  7. Zen A.

    As someone who isn’t as active on the blogosphere as she used to be, I totally understand where you’re coming from, though I can’t say I won’t be sad to see you go. 😦

    I don’t hang around FB and G+, but I’ll definitely catch you around Twitter!

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  8. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer

    The song “American Pie” had a line that sprang into my mind when I read your blog.”The Day the Music Died,” except transfer the word “music ” to “laughter” and you’ll get my gist. Good luck, Carrie. You’ll do brilliantly!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much. It’s amazing how much editing I’ve gotten done just since I posted this. It seems to be the best thing for me now, even though it’s with a heavy heart.

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  9. reocochran

    Every Spring and Summer I contemplate giving up my blog. Life outside is calling!
    Carrie, it is hard to “like” your farewell post!
    I know I was inconsistent but I felt you were there and our paths would intersect again. Best of luck and sending you happy wishes for both writing and family. Take care and you can always drop by! 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! It’s difficult to walk away, but I need to be more productive with my fiction. Luckily I already have been these last three days. It will make a big difference.

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  10. ridicuryder

    Hey Carrie,

    Congratulations on opening a new chapter for yourself! You’ve had a wonderful arc with blogging and I’ve enjoyed being alongside you for some of it.

    Happy Trails,
    Mark

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  11. thefolia

    I’m so sad that I won’t be getting my weekly giggles from your posts but understand how you must follow this new path. You are a champion on social media and I don’t doubt for a moment that now with all this new time you will have freed up that you will accomplish your deadlines and new goals. Break a leg and a thousand thanks for all your thoughtful comments on my blog posts. Happy writing!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much for the supportive words. I’ve already made more progress on my book in two days than I have in a week, so that helps soothe some of the angst of stepping away. I always enjoy your blog’s beautiful words and photos, and I’m sure I’ll drop by on occasion, especially to see how much your sweet little cherubs are growing. 🙂

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  12. Sammy D.

    Best wishes, Carrie. I have not visited WP blogs for so long, and truly thought I’d return to blogging. But life does have a way of sneaking in and demand we live it as well as write about it. I think of you often; that will continue. Much love, Sammy D.

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  13. Lady Quixote/Linda Lee

    Sad, but I get it. I recently unfollowed all the blogs I was following, for all the same reasons. I still check back on my favorites, though, of which yours is one. ((HUG))

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  14. J.B. Whitmore

    I hear you! Such a weird thing, you start a blog to connect to writers and readers, and the blog takes over the writing? What gives? I’ve taken a long break to rethink this thing. And write.

    I am grateful for your steady support and sense of humor, and will miss you! Best wishes and looking forward to updates on your writing projects. Cheers—

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. I’ve appreciated the support you’ve given me over these past couple years. A blog certainly can take over, not just our writing, but other aspects of life too, particularly once we start following a lot of them. So it makes sense for me to step away, even if it isn’t easy. Sniff.

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  15. Stephanie Raffelock

    Can only say that I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of your blogs that I was blessed to read. And it always made me feel great when you visited my blog–I felt like I was in the company of a great writer! Life is full of changes and the adjustments that come with those changes. A woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do. . . and with that dear, kindred spirit, I wish you all good things with your writing career. You will forever have a little place in this ol’ blogging heart of mine. I know this won’t be the last we hear from Carrie Rubin. Gratitude and love. Thanks for bunches of great posts!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much for those kind words, Stephanie. They warm my heart. I’ve always enjoyed your posts too, and I will be forever grateful for your role in landing me in the attention of Larry Brooks. Were it not for you, that would never have happened!

      I’m sure we’ll touch base elsewhere on social media. Do you have a public FB page I can ‘like’ or a ‘follow’ button on your personal site?

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      • Stephanie Raffelock

        These days I am at stephanieraffelock.com and the FB page is Facebook/StephanieRaffelock/

        I would love it if you would stay in touch. I know our paths will cross again.

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