I tend to be a champion of change. Whenever I hear people say, “Not all change is good,” I feel like challenging them. How do you know? Can you see all possible ends of change? Why not make an opportunity out of it?
Yes, I can be naively optimistic sometimes.
When it comes to personal change, though, I feel protective of what story gets told about it. As writers, we should be super-cognizant of the power of storytelling in our own lives. The stories we tell about our lives become our lives. (I love how Garrison Keillor describes this power in this commencement speech.)
Plus the stories we tell about ourselves send signals to others about how they should respond and treat us. (Remember this!)
So, my story is this: I decided to step away from my Writer’s Digest blog, There Are No Rules, and it’s an important, necessary, and hugely beneficial change for anyone who’s been following my advice.
I didn’t make this change without considerable deliberation and conversation with people I trust. I take my connection to Writer’s Digest seriously, even though I am no longer publisher. Writer’s Digest has been part of my professional identity for more than a decade now.
So it did feel a little scary to contemplate my existence out in the writing/publishing advice world without the Writer’s Digest name behind me. It’s the reason people started listening to me, so now I worry that people will stop listening.
But I believe my name has proven trustworthy on its own.
And most importantly, I now have better ownership and can put more investment into the content I develop. Before, it wasn’t possible to wholeheartedly pursue what uniquely defines my take on the writing, publishing, and media world because of old expectations and frameworks.
So I hope you’ll join me at my new blogging home, JaneFriedman.com. If you’ve been subscribing to No Rules, it’s time to reset your feeds/alerts.
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