A Writer’s Update & My Experience With “Spring Cleaning” My Blog

Hello All And Happy Tuesday,^__^,

So, last week I officially re-launched the opening of the blog and the site with my Orphan Black S3 Ep1 Review and Netflix’s Daredevil Review. Today’s post, however, it the first official Writer Update since the re-opening. The Writer Updates are meant to be bi-weekly fun facts, writing projects updates and any other creative seg-ways that I happen to come across that I’d like to share with you. While in the restructure phase, I decided to create an episodic flash fiction series called The Protector Series.  The idea is loosely based off of a book I am working on and I thought creating a flash fiction series based off of it would be an interesting thing to do.

The series will focus on an individual, aka a protector, at set moments in their life leading up to a pivotal moment when they step into protect another individual.  These characters come from all walks of life, but each will share distinct personality traits which motivate them to defend, look after and protect other people. Some of them, as you will see, have lived through or have survived certain situations that have placed them on the path of protectors and others have not.

My goal for this series is to inspire the protectors in all of us to always stand up and step in to help those around us who need help.  The first installment titled, “Bella,” can be found here, or you can just click on the Other Work By Me page and click on my Medium profile link.  I am really excited to start blogging and reviewing again. The whole experience has truly been an eye opener for me.

And even though I have re-launched the site and blog, I am still running through a few things, and since this is a writer’s update post, I wanted to share a bit on the process.  Now, I’m a neat freak and a bit obsessive about it, but this spring cleaning occasion was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I prepared myself (like everyone should before diving into a project) and made a list of what I thought I should keep and get rid of. I made an outline for the new site layout, and I set  an allotted amount of time aside for each task. And as with any writing engagement, I rolled up my sleeves, did some shoulder rolls and wiggled out my fingers.

But, when it comes to blog cleaning, I’ve discovered that sometime there are just things you can’t be ready for. It’s like finding cob webs you never knew existed. It hasn’t all been interesting and constructive. Some of it has been difficult and heart breaking.

“But, how can cleaning your blog be heart breaking?”

“Well, I’m glad you asked, random blog reader.”

You see, I like to use a lot of gifs for my posts. And I mean a lot, but they take up quite a bit of space. So, I’ve had to part with many gifs. :-/ As a heads up, some older posts (about half) will be lacking some gifs, and others will be completely void of them.

But then once the gifs are gone, you start to wonder “Should I just delete the post all together?” And before you know it, you have holes left and right.  So what did I decide to do? Well, I did not get up and walk away after deleting over six-hundred old posts, I’ll have you know. A-ha-ha-haa…On a serious note, I’ll keep you posted. 😉

For now, I just attempted to clean up the blog as much as I could, re-vamped the layout and the site menus. I encourage feedback for the changes/look and content from all, so please do reach out. Just a quick reminder after my spring cleaning babble, the first installment for my Protector Series is currently live and posted here.

So until next time, as always, stay creative,

Gia

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