1. It sounds great to me. I like the idea of combining several different post focuses into a single post a week. I’m also sold on your novel! The story behind the story is fascinating. Good for you, Christie, for following your dream. We are all cheering for you out here in blogland!

  2. When it comes to personal blogging I’m all about whatever works for you, works for me.

    I have family stories to process, too. I’m thinking of starting a second, maybe private blog, wherein I’ll put the stories– and see if anyone cares. I dunno if I’ll make this happen, but at least I’m clear about what I could do. That’s progress, right?

    • Everything starts with considering the possibilities and developing a vision, Ally. I’ll be interested to see if you take it to the next step. Thanks for the encouragement on my blogging changes. It’s a little scary changing something that seems to be just getting a foothold, but it feels like the right time to do it.

  3. I used to be TERRIBLE with change. I would get stressed, cry, etc, etc but now, NOPE – I love change, I embrace it, I get excited for it!! Every day is different for me and has been for the last 7 years of my life, thus embracing change is 100000% necessary!

    • Life becomes much more enjoyable and interesting if you can look at change with anticipation rather than resentment. I’m glad to hear you are embracing it–because nothing brings change like having a baby! 🙂

  4. Liz Gwynn

    I have been waiting years to read that book, so I’m so excited that you’re digging in more sooner rather than later!! Congratulations on making that decision! I know it’s going to be wonderful!

    • Thank you Liz. I finished the first manuscript more than a year ago. I guess it’s time to polish it up and get it out there. I’m sure a part of the foot-dragging is fear of putting something so personal out there, but I’m ready!

  5. Oh congratulations, Christie on having the courage to make changes. I think it must be something in the air because as you know I’ve been looking for my ‘what next?’. I do hope you will still join us for #MLSTL but as I follow your blog I will be keeping up with your progress regardless. Thank you for inspiring us all to make changes, even when they seem daunting. Good luck!

    • Thank you for the encouragement Sue. I will definitely be participating in #MLSTL. It feels like home. I still envision my blog as a lifestyle blog. Writing is part of my lifestyle. 🙂 You’ll let me know if anything I post doesn’t fit? I am eager to see your “what next.” You are an inspiration to me, so if I can return the favor, that makes me happy.

  6. Hi Christie, congratulations on finishing such a monumental project! Writing a full-length novel is no walk in the park. I know you still have final edits, but getting the draft down on paper is the hard part, IMHO. I love that you are telling your mom’s story (and what an exciting life she has led). I wish you success in the editing and publishing phases.

    • Thank you Kristen. I appreciate the acknowledgment of the magnitude of the accomplishment. Considering I’d never written any fiction before, I surprised myself by finishing the manuscript. Now we’ll see if that really was the hard part. 🙂

  7. Oh Christie, I am so excited for you!!! I love the blurb – “Allow me to introduce Joan…heartbreaking culmination of this story.” I want to buy the book today after having read those words!! You are definitely a writer at heart! Do what you need to do with the blog so that your dream of getting published can be fulfilled. I personally don’t like change but sometimes it’s necessary. Shared x 4 ♥

    • Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Dee. I’m excited and nervous about putting such a personal work out there, but I feel like it’s time. And your enthusiasm for what I’m doing gives me the boost I need. Thank you for always being such a strong supporter of me and other fellow bloggers.

  8. Jessica

    On the one hand, I love Friday Favorites so I’m bummed to see it go! On the other hand, I’m very excited you are moving forward with the book! I really enjoyed reading the draft that I did, (read it in one sitting while I was supposed to be sleeping type enjoyed!) I’ll just have to start calling you every Friday for a list of favorites! 😉

    • Be careful what you wish for! You might now be obligated to a Friday Favorites call. 🙂 Of course, you’d have to reciprocate with your own favorite things from the week.

      • Jessica

        Be prepared to hear about sleep and sweat pants! And probably something cute the dog did. Also Saira’s snark of the week 🙂

  9. Hi Christie,

    Good on you for getting clear about your priorities and managing your time to truly make them priorities.

    You are inspiring me, Christie. Lately, working on my blog feels a bit like swimming through molasses. Time to get clear about how I want my writing time to look, and then courage to make it so.

    Good luck with your book. #MLSTL

    • Oh Karen, I know that feeling of slogging through the blogging. (That was not an intentional rhyme.) Or sometimes just feeling overwhelmed with the amount of time being invested without a clear picture of where it’s going. I must say that I truly enjoy your blog. The writing may be challenging right now, but the reading is always a pleasure. Good luck in all your endeavors. Enjoy the process!

      • Hi Christie,

        Slogging through blogging. What a great post title! If I ever write about how I’m feeling about blogging, will you mind if I use it? With full credit of course!

        Thank you so much for saying what you did about my blog. Those are exactly the words I needed to hear right now, as I work to get a few posts written and ready so that I have more time to stop, think, and feel my way into whatever is going to be the right thing for me moving forward.

  10. Hi Christie – I think you’re making the right changes. Your blog followers and blogging friends will continue to support you. Your family will appreciate your book on your mom’s story very much.

  11. Christie I’m so excited about the changes and really do look forward to keeping up with them. I love what you wrote about your Mum and wanted to know more. I’m working through the writing exercises in a book called Writing Memoir on my history blog. Not sure if I will write my memoir, really not sure how to make this ordinary life interesting. Keeping an open mined until all exercises are done. Shared in SM #MLSTL

  12. I feel a lot of us have been re-evalutating our blogs over the last few months Christie. I know that Sue and I often discuss the what/why/when/how? of posting. I think finding your sweet spot is the secret and if you are enjoying the process then your readers will enjoy it too. It sounds like your Tues posts will still be a perfect fit for #MLSTL so I hope you’ll keep linking up with us. Keeping it manageable is definitely the secret and I’m really excited for you as you tackle finishing your novel and the publishing process that will lie ahead – you go girl!
    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM 🙂

    • Ah yes, Leanne, there must be something in the air! The re-evaluation is a good thing though. It keeps us authentic and true to ourselves and keeps our blogs fresh. Thank you for the encouragement. It means a lot. And I will definitely be linking up with #MLSTL. As I said earlier to Sue, it feels like family. I always find posts that speak to me, and I receive some of my most meaningful comments from #MLSTL participants. Thanks for hosting and for sharing.

  13. Christie I have never considered change a friend but your changes sound very exciting. Your mothers’ story sounds so exciting I can’t wait to read your book.

  14. Your mother’s story is fascinating and I think that project deserves your attention. The blogging world is not going to die. You should take the time for the book- that is true and lasting!

  15. I love stories about the indomitable spirit of women, and your mother’s story sounds exactly that. For that reason alone, it needs to be told for all women’s sake. The fact that you are capturing a fabulous piece of family history for future generations of your mother’s family is bonus. All your other decisions are yours alone to make and I’m excited for you for your next moves!!

  16. Christie, As a once per week blogger who is always amazed when folks do more… you know I’ll still be there reading what you’re up to! I also have a manuscript drafted – mine is non-fiction. And it needs some solid editing as well…and then looking into (self) publication. I’ve also stalled…even though I put it on my summer bucket list to work on. I’ll be following your editing and publication thinking process for sure.

    • One more thing we have in common, Pat. I look forward to supporting each other through this process and sharing lessons learned. I’d love to have you write a guest post at some point. Give it some thought, and I’ll be in touch.

  17. I am cheering you on!! What a fabulous story you have the opportunity to share with the world. And I look forward to the monthly updates. Best of luck in this new chapter of life 🙂

  18. This kind of change is always the best kind I think Christie. It sounds really exciting and it’s wonderful that you’ve decided to pursue the completion of such a precious project. I look forward to seeing how your blog shifts as you shift!

  19. Christie, I think that was such a smart decision to go with the novel based on your mother’s story rather than a straight biography! And cutting back to one blog post per week — well, obviously, I think that’s a great idea, since I’ve only ever posted once a week since February 2010. At the very beginning I knew I couldn’t consistently post more frequently than that. All the “experts” were recommending a minimum of three times a week, but I thought, Who can do that?! And, Why? I knew I didn’t have time to visit anyone’s blog more than once a week, so why post more often myself?

    • Sound reasoning, Jean. Two was manageable for me for awhile, especially since Friday Favorites has been more about sharing photos from the week than intense writing. I can’t imagine three posts a week.

  20. Christie, that is so exciting, it sounds like a natural progression. Your book will be fascinating, from what I have read from author friends, there is still a big road ahead to publishing. Sometimes stressful but what a joy to see your project flying off the shelves.

    Out of the blue, I just wrote a short 5500-word story and my husband loved it and wants me to keep writing. I am not sure where that will go 🙂 Therefore I would be most interested in your posts on writing. One of next weeks features is on writing tips, it made me realize how exciting writing is. Go Christie we are with you.
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

    • Thanks Kathleen. I know there will be challenges ahead, but I’m hoping also excitement and energy. I’m on vacation this week, so I won’t be linking up on Blogger’s Pit Stop, but I will be back next week, and I’m definitely going to check out the writing feature.

  21. Way to work on realizing your dreams and goals. I am working on a little story, too. You are right, that once you write blog posts, and for me, writing is part of a new morning routine I am trying, there isn’t a lot of time and energy left for writing anything else.

    Your blurb above has piqued my interest for knowing how your mother’s story continues. Will look forward to reading more!

  22. What a great project! Writing your mother’s story will be fascinating! Im Already curious! Im all about change these days. Checking off my bucket list is worth dealing with change. Sharing x3

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