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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Beginning of a New Prodigal Era

Big announcement time!

TLDR? I have a brand-new website. To keep up with more of my writing, you can find me here: ProdigalPress.co. I will no longer be updating this page and will be committing to my new platform as soon as I hit publish on this post.

It's been a great ride. Almost ten years of posting on this platform. And I'm so thankful for everyone who's supported me throughout the years.

For my long-form friends:

I began this blogging journey - at least the "putting thoughts to digital page" journey - back in 2008. Back then, it was just a place to update my family on my life. Nothing life-altering. Just a blog by any other name.

Then, in 2011, my writing journey took a turn when I came out of a particularly tumultuous relationship. I was a young college graduate, truly on my own for the first time in graduate school, frustrated by the fact that everyone seemed to be pairing off two-by-two. I felt behind, frustrated, self-conscious and unhappy.

I'd sit in my local coffee shop for hours writing about life, about relationships, and how the church mistreats single people. That's who I wrote for. The people who felt used for their open calendar and lack a marital commitments.

Then that changed.

I wrote a post that got some big attention about a guy I was dating who had physical boundaries in place that I wasn't accustomed to. That man became my husband a few years later; and what I gained, a marriage, a child, a little home for the three of us, I feel like my writing lost a little of its direction.

Even now, I feel loyal to that original audience. The ones who were just like me, waiting for their prince charmings to sweep them off their feet. I felt pressure to maintain a presence of blog posts and write only what was profound or spiritual.

And while that is healing on a lot of levels, when you're not feeling particularly spiritual or full of something remotely close to wisdom, it can leave your platform a little dry. It became clear to me a while ago that I needed a change.

A place where I could write about other things that interested me – motherhood, business, leadership, theater, music, healthy eating habits, marriage, relationships, and even create a space for some of my fiction pieces and even some of my freelance work to live.

What's more, I'm just so excited to have a less archaic platform and move into a space that doesn't lock me in to a specific kind of blog content.

To those of you who have followed me here from the beginning, thank you. I never dreamed that this would be something other than maybe a few friends would read. I hope you'll connect with me on my new site! Writing here has consistently helped me break past fear and the expectations of others and given me the gumption to pursue the career of my dreams.

I'll be working on cataloguing some of my favorite posts and releasing them into an ebook format later down the road. Until then, happiest of reading!


Laurie Tomlinson said...

Congratulations! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Brett W. Tubbs said...

Thank you, sweet sistah! <3

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