It is both with sadness and excitement that I announce that this blog, Mainely Steph, will be coming to an end and that I am starting a new blog called A Writer’s Wanderings.
When I started this blog over three years ago I had no idea where it would go. My first entries were about my visit out to Maine and my subsequent year-long planning of my move to the Pine Tree State. It was a fun chapter of my life. I was planning and making lists while also figuring out what I wanted out of my life and my time in Maine. Then I finally made the move.
My posts throughout my first year here started feeling stilted. Often when I sat down to write I thought, “Well I made it to Maine…now what?” I went on adventures and pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I took my dog, Carmela, on more trips than she probably wanted, and through it all, I felt myself coming alive in a way I never felt before.
When Carm passed away in October of last year I really wasn’t sure what to write about anymore. Even though previously I was having a lot of these adventures without her, she was still a constant presence in my life, and I believe in my writing as well. Without her, my experiences seemed trivial.
I got in my own head about it, as I often do. “Why would anyone care about my stories anymore? There’s no longer the occasional story about a dog. No one is going to want to read this anymore.”
I was projecting. The truth was I felt so lost without Carm that “I” didn’t care about my adventures anymore. “I” didn’t see the point in boasting about my fun experiences when my dog and best friend was gone forever.
My Maine experience (and additionally this blog) up until that point had been so wrapped around Carm in my head that it was hard for me to see the vision for my writing outside of it. Every time I sat down to write a post, I dreaded it. It just didn’t seem to fit anymore.
I still feel committed to my writing and to my readers which is why I hope you’ll follow along with me on my new blog. I am so grateful to each and every one of you who has taken the time out of their day to “like” and comment on my posts. Your support of not only my journey but my writing as well has meant more to me than you’ll ever know.
I’m excited about this new blog. It will still be about me and my experiences in Maine, but it will also delve a little deeper. I want to write essays about topics I care about that don’t always go along with My Maine Thing. It will be about my second chapter in Maine–my Maine experience without Carm. It will be about the move I’m planning next year, and all the other adventures to come.
Thank you all for your continued support and I hope to see you on A Writer’s Wanderings!