I think we all have those writing projects that we start and never finish, or leave with the intention of coming back to. I’ve been writing online for seven years, and over that time, there have been a few dropped projects. So here they are, in no particular order, and a brief overview of why I’m not going back to them.
Makeup By Mehek- This blog was hosted by WordPress, and was during the same time period of my life where I was trying to do YouTube videos. I would film my book reviews for youtube, and then write an accompanying blog post that listed all of my make up products. I also took tons of photos and did Disney princess make up tutorials. This was a lot of fun, but honestly, my relationship with makeup is complicated, and the amount of makeup you have to purchase to sustain a blog or YouTube channel is just too much of an investment to really make it worth it.
Dear Kids Shows- At the height of Tumblr’s popularity as a social media platform, I wrote a blog post “blasting” the children’s television show, Jesse. Somehow, this went viral, and I took this opportunity to make my big break and start a blog critiquing children’s media. This was a mixed bag. On the one hand, it was a fun hobby, and I had lots of interesting discussions about what we put in front of children and how that shapes their world view. On the other hand, this often lead to fights online, and many people leaving nasty messages. I ultimately shut the blog down to people complaining about a lack of updates, and honestly, I’m glad I am no longer working on this project.
The Judy Blume Masterclass– Ugh. This was on my new years resolution list for this year, and I spent a solid $90 on this class. Like most things that I am super excited about at the beginning of the year, this is just one of those things that dropped off. Judy Blume is lovely, but as someone who is used to faster paced delivery, I had trouble making myself open up the next lesson. Plus, adding in something like this meant time away from writing my book or blogging, which wasn’t ideal.
These projects definitely shaped me as a writer, if for no other reason than showing me what I don’t want to do. I am glad for having done these things though. I don’t see this as failure or success, but as a learning experience.
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Thank you for reading, and do let me know in the comments: What writing project have you dropped for good? Why have you dropped this project?
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