Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Dealing With Change



Oh my gosh guys... I can't believe it's been 4 years since I posted one of these!

Today is the first Wednesday of the month, which means a brand new post for The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG).  

For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, it was the brilliant brainchild of our ninja captain, Mr. Alex Cavanaugh.  Alex is a truly awesome guy, and started the IWSG so that writers from all walks and stages on this crazy, amazing journey could come together and share stories, advice, fears, support.... basically, anything goes.

And seeing as how I just returned to the blogging world exactly one month ago, an IWSG post was exactly up my alley ;).

Soo guys... I've been struggling.

Returning to blogging, to writing... hasn't been as easy as I planned.  Even though nothing feels more like home to me, it's been a constant battle.  I've been wrestling with ideas, posting schedules, getting back into the groove of things, finding my pace again.

And so much has changed!

Even just navigating through the blogosphere seems to now require a handbook!  And while I know it's merely readjusting, familiarizing myself with the new sites, and all these shiny new buttons, it has blown my mind just how different things are four years later!

Apparently I don't handle change very well either :P

But it's a part of life.  No matter where you are or how ready, change is inevitable.  It happens whether you like it or not.  Sometimes it sneaks up on you... a slap in the face... other times, you have months to prepare, and yet you still find yourself standing outside the door.. unwilling to turn the knob.

I doubt I'll ever learn to fully embrace change right away.  I think a small part of me may always resist to some extent... at least at first... at least until I'm comfortable.  Because while humans are creatures of habit, we were also made to adapt, to grow, to keep moving

We will figure it out as we go, even if the path isn't straight and narrow, or clear cut, or even a path at all.  

After all, at the end of the day, isn't that what change truly is?  The ability to keep going, keep trying, and keep reaching, no matter what curve balls life throws at you.

How about you guys?  How do you deal with change?  Do you feel the blogosphere has significantly changed in the last little while (or is it just me!)?




23 comments:

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

It's just you. -- No, I'm kidding. I think the fastest changing place is here on the net. It won't take you too long to get reacquainted with the process.

WritingNut said...

Haha, thanks Holly :P Gosh, I hope you're right! I think it's just starting to get a little easier :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Yes, things change so fast I can't keep up with them. New stuff doesn't come easy for me. I'm still learning to text. What happened to the old-fashioned phone?
Welcome back to the writing world, and don't worry. Writing stories is pretty much the same. You'll do great. Have fun and enjoy meeting your characters. Best of luck to you. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Stephanie Faris said...

Has it changed? Not sure. The general blogging world is so HUGE, it's hard to pin down exactly what it is at any time! The IWSG may change...new members each month? But many of the same people are on the list, too. I know my blog doesn't really change much...pretty much the same format month after month, year after year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've been here the whole time and I'd say it's changed.
Glad you're jumping back in with the IWSG. You'll find familiar faces here.
The writing will come. Just got to get into the habit again.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Welcome back to the blogsphere!!! Good uplifting post!!!

Cherie Reich said...

Things have definitely changed in the blogging world, but I don't think they've changed so much that you can't catch up. It'll just take some time. I'm rather resistant to change too, but change can be a good thing. :)

Tamara Narayan said...

I'm slow to adopt to change unless motivated. When it comes to technology, I can be a foot dragger.

Pat Garcia said...

Yes, blogging has changed and it will continue to change. How do I deal with it? At first, I kick, scream, and holler! Then. I get myself together and deal with it.
All the best.
Shalom,
Patricia

Dawn Simon said...

Some things about blogging have definitely changed since I started, but I think it's mostly the same. It was fun to see your comment pop up on my blog! Welcome back! :)

Kenda Turner said...

Wishing you the best as you begin to navigate the blogging waters again--welcome back! Hopefully the changes you see do not discourage you as you get back to writing again. I see changes, yes, and there are changes I need to make myself (like updating my blog after all these years!) but for me blogging is one way to stay in touch with writing friends and writing in general. And I need the writing--it helps me work through life's changes!

WritingNut said...

Beverly - I'm still resisting the touch screen phones! I've had one for over a year now, and it took me forever to get there... I refused to give up my blackberry! I'm glad I'm not figuring out all this alone, thank you for stopping by too :)

WritingNut said...

Stephanie - my blog is the same too! Since 2009! I'm thinking a revamp is in order though ;)

WritingNut said...

Alex - It's nuts, isn't it?! Thank YOu for the IWSG... it was so nice to go through the list and see so many familiar haunts!

WritingNut said...

Cathrina - Thank you so much!

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WritingNut said...

Cherie - You're absolutely right. Change can be a good thing... no matter how much it seems like we may not want it at first.

WritingNut said...

Tamara - Aye, I'm the same way! Do you know I was still watching movies on the VCR up until a couple of years ago?!

WritingNut said...

Pat - Haha, I like your strategy! Thanks so much :)

WritingNut said...

Dawn - I was so happy to see you're still blogging! I've missed you!

WritingNut said...

Kenda - Aww, thank you! I know exactly what you mean about writing helping you through life's changes. I would be lost without it too. Congrats again on your sweet little granddaughter!

Michael Di Gesu said...

What a nice surprise! So glad you stopped by my blog! Sorry to hear you had the flu, too. YES... it was the WORST i had in years, too! Hope you feeling better.

I've been thinking about you for a while now. How fun it was in LA... Hope to make it again this year.

Yes, blogging has changed. A LOT, but there are still the wonderful people we all started blogging with years ago still around. A few die hards, but we are here.

I don't post nearly as often as I should, but I always POP IN from time to time and I always post for the IWSG!

Hope all is well!

Hugs!

Michael

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