As some of you will know I’ve been blogging consistently since 2007. When I closed down my boatbuilding and sailing website a few weeks ago, it contained some 1,700 posts totalling about 600,00 words. That’s the equivalent of ten standard length novels.
Add in other miscellaneous blog projects, two published books, a third in progress plus my personal journalling, and the grand total must be near to one million words written over a thirteen-year period.
I’m not boasting. A lot of those words weren’t worth reading. But that’s not the point. It’s what those numbers mean to me that’s important.
They give me the confidence to say I’m a writer.
“I’m a writer,”.
There, I said it, well done me.
But there’s something more important still.
It’s not the act of writing alone that makes someone a writer. There’s more to it than that.
Genuine writers need a purpose and an audience. Without those two things their words mean nothing and they do nothing, they’re worthless.
I’m proud to say that most of my past writing had a purpose, and it had an audience. Purpose was always within my control. To my amazement, the audience showed up of its own accord.
I’ve learnt that purpose and audience are inseparable. Writing without purpose interests nobody, purposeful writing will always attract readers.
And therein lay the problem that had been troubling me for months.
My blogging had lost direction. It served no purpose.
That had to change.
From now on I will restrict blogging on this site to content relating to writing and in particular ‘The Foolish’ trilogy of books.
Maybe there will be other books after ‘A Foolish Escape’, I don’t know yet. What I do know is that by the end of this year my ‘Foolish’ identity will be no more. It’s time to move on.
That decision was straightforward, it made itself.
But I couldn’t leave it there. I’ve got more work to do.
Over the years I’ve written a lot about boats, sailing and the sea. But I’ve also written a lot about my life and how I live it.
And it’s that writing which has been the most rewarding. It’s connected with people, it’s comforted people, it’s inspired people. I know that because readers have told me so, time and time again.
I owe it to them to continue. I owe it to myself.
So, here’s what’s happening.
I’m moving my lifestyle blogging to a new platform.
It’s an email newsletter/website platform called ‘Substack’. I won’t bore you with the technical details. Just know that it’ll make reading my stuff easier and more pleasurable. It’ll be less time-consuming for me to manage. And that means more time for writing. It’ll also allow me to connect with a wider audience.
I’ve named the new blog ‘The Experientialist’. I’ll put a link to the first newsletter there at the end of this post. It should give you an idea of what to expect.
I hope you’ll subscribe. I’m excited about this fresh writing project and I’ll be working hard to make it a success.
And farther down the track I’ll be creating some exclusive subscriber only content you won’t want to miss. I don’t want to give too much away but Substack makes podcasts easy 😉
It’d be great to see you there.