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My hope was that my post for November 30 would clearly explain what's next for me in my blogging life. But the truth is I'm still not sure. I want to do so much, too much. I want to blog about journalism. I want to blog about feminism. I want to blog about Birmingham. I want to blog about my faith. I want to blog about my life!
And while I believe we women can do it all, I don't think we (or anyone) can do it all at once.
So I did what I always do: I made a list. I made a list of my writing goals:
- I want to be a journalist on my own terms.
- I want to be a well-known feminist blogger.
- I want to write a book about feminism.
- I want to be a successful, award-winning blogger.
- I want to write and publish an e-book about blogging.
- I want to inspire and empower other women writers.
- I want to use my writing to serve God.
- I want to do more public speaking (and get paid for it).
- I want to land my own column in a local publication.
- I want to land my own column in a national publication.
- I want to see my byline in all my favorite magazines.
My intention was to then rank these goals, put them in some sort of order and go about attacking them one by one. The goal I ranked first would dictate the topic of my new or revamped blog. But suddenly I realized all my goals were somehow related, that each goal - when accomplished - would just bring me a step closer to bringing another dream to fruition.
They are all related because they all define me.
Then I remembered something writer Jeff Goins once said, something I even quoted in a post this month but somehow failed to heed the very advice I was trying to share. Goins says:
Writing isn’t about picking the right topic; it’s about finding the right voice.
So what's next? Finding my voice. Truly.
In December you can expect this blog to be a bit quiet. I'm going to spend the next 30 days focusing on finding my authentic writing voice, planning for 2014, and preparing for the next chapter in my writing life.
You can expect a fun announcement on Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, my favorite holiday of them all.
I hope you will join me on the journey that's ahead.