My blogs tended to last about a year or two until I felt a change was needed and I set up somewhere else. I had a different blog on this website during 2015 and 2016, but I think the earlier content was erased before I made this one. In between, I was on Wordpress. I was on Wordpress earlier as well, about 6 years ago, and had a fairly long stint on Blogger (by my standards) before I closed that blog down. Long ago I even had a small, private blog on an alumni site where I went by the foolish name of Zoeangel! Ah, good times.
I moved about so much because I wasn't happy with something about the platforms. (Not because I was up to junk and trying to cover my trails; a more exciting, but less real theory!) The two major platforms, Wordpress and Blogger, offer lots of networking possibilities with other blogs, but I realized that's not what I want. That creates an endless cloud of conversations and chatter that actually limits the ability to talk or be heard. My most recent blog before this one is still operational on Wordpress, though I'll phase it out eventually. If people need to see some context from last year, they can visit sarahscheeleblog.wordpress.com
When I examine the websites of authors, I do notice their blog to see steady, constant activity. That stability makes me feel the author has a focus. But that's all. I never feel like commenting. The point of my visiting the blog is to listen and gauge the author, not talk. And then I saw what I'd like to change about my blogging. Comments. As I do with these authors, I feel people should visit my blog to listen to how I'm doing, not start conversations. So I turned off comments and never looked back.
If people have something truly on their minds, they can access the contact form elsewhere on the website, or reply to newsletter mailings. Having to take extra steps will also limit them so they are sure this is worth mentioning. That eliminates Spam by about 85% right there. The little avatar-heads I mentioned in a previous post can provide a lot of distraction--worrying about comments, answering comments, trying to post so you don't get snotty comments--all the time.
And there will be more updates.
7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, LOTR fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.