A few days ago, my website went down. I received a really scary error message that I didn’t understand. (They are all scary when you don’t understand them!) So, I frantically contacted Ryan McFadden weeping “please fix it!”
I couldn’t have my website go down. Not after I decided to actually start working on the thing again! That was too unfair… but then I remembered another blog I’d started years ago, and abandoned (mostly) for this one. If it was still up and running, maybe I could use it. So I checked.
And what do you know. There it was. I laughed really hard about the last post I’d made — something about not buying anything for a year, which I’d failed at, miserably, just so you know — deleted that post, and started cleaning it up. Just in case this website never came back again.
Later that day, Ryan found the problem with my website, fixed it, and I was back in business. That was a wonderful thing — but that was when I realized I’d answered my own question about what to write on this website… and how I could use the other one.
I have decided to keep this website for my writerly stuff. Let you know what I’m going to be doing a workshop, or what new thing I’ve learned about writing, what weird stuff my dog is doing (hey why not?) and other interesting bits I’ve found that relates to my writing life.
But that other blog? I can use that for my bitching and whining about how the world is, and how it should be changed. I can get all ranty if I want because sometimes that stuff drives me crazy. I can post links to stuff I find that has no interest to anyone but me (possibly) and I can go all Rocky Road if I want to.
In other words, I can have balance. I need a place to vent, but I also need a place to talk about writing. So, let’s make them two different places.
How many others out there have different blogs for different parts of their lives? If so, how did you decide to do this? And the biggest question — does it work for you?
I guess I’m going to find out whether it works or not, in the next while.