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.

Want to tell me your word of the week? Come visit me on Facebook. Interested in knowing what I am reading? Check out my book reviews on Amazon. Want to have a conversation about the writing life? Look for me on Twitter or Google Plus. Curious about my new video series? Find me on YouTube. Interested to know a little bit more about my latest hobbies? Look for me on Pinterest. Want me to help promote your new book or project? Just ask.

Most importantly, do you want to know when something new or exciting is happening (or just want to keep tabs on me)? Subscribe to my email list. A couple of times each month I’ll send you exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, I’ll let you know what I’ve been doing since we last talked. And I hope you’ll email me back and let me know what you are doing, too.

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