My continual efforts to find a better free website have littered the Internet with a fragmented trail of content and randomly scattered links to that content. Decisions about what to do with it all are further complicated by my changing goals. I started off many years ago with personal blogs. After I published a book, I temporarily pretended to be an author and created websites with mixed content, some with multiple feeds to social websites. But the truth is, I’m a writer, not an author.
This is a perceptual difference that’s difficult to define. I used to think the distinction had something to do with whether one had published a book. That definitely justifies calling oneself an author. However, it didn’t automatically turn me into one and even publishing more books wouldn’t change that. So perhaps the difference is in the attitude of the person who writes, publishes, and markets books. Authors are professional about it. And it’s pretty obvious that I’m not.
I did try it for a while, too half-heartedly to achieve much success, but it was still sufficient for me to realize I didn’t want to be professional about either my writing or my website. Being nonprofessional doesn’t mean that I don’t know how to be professional or don’t know how to write well. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have a strong enough desire to write or that I don’t have anything worth sharing. And it doesn’t mean that my choice is either better or worse than someone who chooses to pursue a career as an author. It’s neither morally superior in some nebulous way nor intellectually inferior in a practical way. It’s simply about figuring out what’s right for me.
By reevaluating who I am and what my goals are, it’s now easier to sort through the mess I made and choose which material to transfer to this website. But I don’t want to just repost all of it on my blog here. Even if it’s updated or rewritten, it always feels a little stale to me and can also create too much duplication if blog feeds have been set up. So instead, I’ll create special archive pages.
The first group to be transferred are my book reviews, which will be listed on their own archive page (titled Book Reviews) because I hope to keep adding new reviews to it. Here are the individual links to their location on this website.
Book Reviews listed in alphabetical order:
Ask And It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration by Penney Peirce
It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh
The Management Of Time by James T. McCay
The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts
The One Thing Holding You Back by Raphael Cushnir
Poetic Justice by Alicia Rasley
The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Retired Not Expired by Eda Suzanne
The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin
Setting Your Heart On Fire by Raphael Cushnir
Straight Talk, No Chaser by Steve Harvey
A Comparison Review:
The Art of Indecision: 1) The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar, 2) Overcoming Indecisiveness: The eight stages of effective decision-making by Theodore Isaac Rubin, M.D., and 3) The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz