After some time thinking about it, I’m going to be changing my approach to SDS and I wanted you to know both the changes themselves, and why they’re being made.
I originally started SDS to give myself a space to enjoy and improve my writing on my own terms. The first few reviews I’d written published by Flickering Myth (always grateful for that and what they’ve done since), but it dawned on me that having my own space would allow me to write about what I liked, when I liked.
Somewhere along the line I lost sight of that.
I took on more and more in constant pursuit of views/hits. Sometimes I’d write about things that I might not have, because I thought going a week or more without a post would be detrimental to my ‘presence’. This only got worse once I had a year’s worth of stats to compare against. Trying to beat last year’s month became a battle. I always tried hard to write well, but looking back I put far too much pressure on myself. I didn’t write to the levels I think I can, and my growth as a writer stagnated. It’s not fair on anyone.
Then my personal life changed drastically this year. My awesome little girl arrived, and I received a promotion at work. Two of the biggest things you can go through and I was doing them at the same time, whilst making an ultimately harmful decision to try and do everything I did before.
It all came to a head a couple of weeks ago when I realised I was doing far too much and was heading for a burnout. My response was to take a step back and look at everything I do.
My wife and daughter are obviously the priority, but I also took stock of the things that make me feel like me. That has led to cutting some TV shows out, getting on top of work so it’s not a source of stress, and re-evaluating what I do for SDS, among other things. Going forward there are going to be some changes.
- I will no longer be reviewing each issue of TMNT comics. I might review each story arc as it wraps up but there are a lot now and I’m struggling to keep up.
- Once Star Wars Rebels finishes I won’t be picking up any more TV shows to review. End of seasons reviews perhaps, but like the comics the schedule is too much. The Star Trek Discovery reviews end now.
- Things will go out when they’re good and ready. If that’s not opening weekend so be it. I’m not rushing to get anything out as I make the most of being on my own timetable. I might even form a better opinion with a bit more time to think about things.
- No more 100 Word Reviews. It’s a cool challenge, but from now on a review’s length will only be dictated by how much I have to say. If that’s 50 words, cool. If it’s 1,000 that’s cool too.
- There may be some spoilers in my posts. Not sure about this to be honest but as always I’d clearly mark anything. I don’t want to limit myself, though I’ll always see them as something extra and not a core part of my writing.
The upshot is that there are going to be fewer posts. But each one will have a lot more love poured into it as I take more pride in what I’m doing, forget about how big an audience I’m cultivating, and work on improving my writing skills. I know there are those of you who read everything, and I really appreciate that. If the posts are written to the best of my ability, and with some passion, they’ll find their audience. I’m choosing to have faith in that.
I know I don’t owe anyone an explanation. But I want everyone who takes time to read what I write to understand what’s going on. Thanks for sticking around.