My Word of the Week: Different

dif·fer·ent – adjective \ˈdi-fərnt, ˈdi-f(ə-)rənt\

: not of the same kind : partly or totally unlike
: not the same
: not ordinary or common

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Last Saturday during a chat on Twitter, an online friend made a bold statement that momentarily took my breath away.

“I finally decided I didn’t need ANOTHER thing to do, I needed a different thing to do,” she said. The result? She stopped blogging.

As a writer, I have unlimited opportunities to write. It’s part of the reason I tell new or aspiring writers that this is the very best time to enter the world of publishing. On the other hand, not every writing opportunity is for me. And sometimes, once I’ve started a thing, I’m tempted to persist while also adding other things to the mix.

When the itch to do something new won’t be satisfied without adding my effort to it, I’m beginning to see the wisdom in not doing another thing but a different thing.

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I have been blogging for almost nine years. That’s an eternity in the fast-paced world of social media and online technology. My blog has expanded and contracted as my life has, and in the past year, it’s taken on an entirely different feel altogether.

As I look ahead to what’s next for me as a writer, there are other things I want to do. More books and essays and client projects await me. In other words, there are a lot of new things I could be doing. And the more I think about it, the more I realize I don’t need another thing. I need a different thing.

After today, this blog will go quiet. The 742 posts I’ve written in the past nine years will still be here, but you’ll have to dig to find them. In fact, I may do some new things with some of that content myself. That’s a lot of words! But here’s what it comes down to: I started blogging because I wanted to write about a variety of topics and connect with a variety of readers. All of that is now happening apart from my blog in ways I really enjoy and celebrate.

But I’m not going away. This online space that has grown to represent my writing life and freelance business will still be here. Interested in reading my work from around the web? Check out my portfolio (just a click away) or add it to your RSS feed reader.

And you can find me in a lot other places now, too.

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We’ve had a good run, you and me. I would say goodbye, but I know we’ll be in touch. Instead, I wish you the courage to a different thing in your own life. I’ll be praying for you.

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WORD COUNT: 591

Photo by Cindee Snider Re, used with permission. Definitions of my word of the week are from Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online.

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Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.

  • reply Sandra Heska King ,

    Seems like I’ve been re-sharing this quote a lot lately.

    “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” ~Anatole France

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      reply Charity Singleton Craig ,

      Sandy – It’s an apt quote. Change is hard, even if it is good for us or our choice. Thanks for sharing this.

    • reply Diana Trautwein ,

      Et tu, Brute? And another one bites the dust. I’ll miss you, but you know yourself and what you need/want to do at this juncture in your life. Go for it! (But maybe take down the automatic blog subscribe box that pops up if you click over here from an email subscription?)

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        reply Charity Singleton Craig ,

        Diana – I know what you mean – it does feel like a bit of a betrayal. And yet what I want the most is to accomplish the same goals (or evolving goals) in a way that feels truer to where I am in my writing life. The automatic blog pop up was an experiment, and since I don’t personally like pop-ups, I think it was a doomed experiment. It’s gone! The main reason I added it, though, was to have a way for people to join my email list while I figured out the best place to add a permanent location for that form. I found it now! And I still very much intend to keep communicating with people via that email list. It might feel a little like a blog post, in fact, just much less frequent. 🙂

        You, dear friend, have been one of my most faithful blog readers. I did this much longer than I ever expected to because of you and a few others, in fact. Thank you!

      • reply Laura Brown ,

        Do I sense a lightness, some easier breathing?

        For a nanosecond, I thought, “Nooooo!” Then I thought, “Good for her.”

        Good for you.

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          reply Charity Singleton Craig ,

          Laura – Thanks for your comment. Yes, there is a bit of lightness and ease of breathing in this decision. There’s also the loss of something I’ve been doing for so long. It’s not that I think what I am moving toward is bigger or better. Just different. And this is a small different I need right now. Thanks for your encouragement.

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