This is a post I’ve debated about writing for several months now. For the month of October, I tried some different things, just to see what that would result in. Some of you gave me feedback. A few people really liked the Monday One Liners and the Friday Trivia. A couple people said they would just rather read a post. To be honest, I’m rather lost in this blogging world. I just don’t know what works...for me.

I’ve blogged regularly for over two and a half years now. For those of you that blog, you know it is a time investment. Some bloggers seem to be able to take the world, (literally) by storm and within a few months they are off and running with thousands of hits and followers. That has not been the case for me, and I’m not really feeling that I’ve found my corner in the blogging world…or if I’m even supposed to.

As a writer, I love to write. I have written most of my life in some form or another. I will continue. But right now, I feel as though I should concentrate more on my novel writing, and those stories I need to tell. And I need time to do that.

So, I will be doing some reconstruction with my social media. My goal is to have more of a website, maybe a section that I blog in once a week, or once a month. I might offer a newsletter every three months or so for those that are interested in my books, and new releases. I have four books written several years ago that are badly in need of edits and covers. So, I want to make those a priority. I also have a little bird whispering to me about a fifth book in the Rubyville series. I also need to concentrate more on events, and speaking engagements.

The most difficult part of this decision is not having the daily contact with those of you that have become a part of my life on here. I so appreciate you! For sharing your lives with others, for the encouragement you have given me, for all the interesting stuff I’ve learned from all parts of the world.

This is not good-bye, but a pulling back and regrouping. I will still be here, and I will still share my life with all of you, just at a slower pace. You can still find me on Amazon right here: and my author’s page on Facebook:

I check Goodreads daily as well. It’s a great place to encourage others, as well as authors. If you’ve read a book of mine, or another author, please leave a review there and follow them. You don’t need to purchase their book to do those two things. Every little bit of encouragement helps an author get their stories out there. It’s not only about purchasing their books, which is wonderful of course…but about getting that author’s name known around the world.

Until next time…




9 thoughts on “Shifting Down

  1. Hi Deborah

    Couldn’t see the comment section on your blog but just want to say I love your blog but totally understand your decision. I made s similar decision in the summer time to drop from two posts a week to just one. My modest blog traffic fell further which I expected but in the months since the summer I have got stuff done and that’s more important right now. Good luck with your writing.

    Ellie x

    On Fri, 3 Nov 2017 at 11:03, This Life is Real…and so are the Answers wrote:

    > deborahanndykeman posted: “This is a post I’ve debated about writing for > several months now. For the month of October, I tried some different > things, just to see what that would result in. Some of you gave me > feedback. A few people really liked the Monday One Liners and the Friday ” >

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, it was a difficult decision to come to. But I feel as though I’ve been rather banging my head against the wall in this area. I know they say you should blog, have Facebook, Twitter and be out and about to help with marketing and branding. But honestly for me, the most results I’ve had is in my local small town with the library. So, I think I will concentrate more on that side of things for awhile and see what comes of it. Have a great weekend!


  2. I will miss you company on a regular basis and will look forward to hearing from you when you can. May you follow God in all you do, promoting Him in everything. If it is a few or many, know as you honor Him, He honors you. Your writing will reach where He sends it whether it is through blogging or finishing that novel. God bless you as you continue your journey with Him.

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  3. I will miss your words of wisdom. I hope someday you might visit Crown Point. They have a big reunion every year at Penfield that is a lot of fun. Memorial Day is still a big day in CP. This year will be the 150th!

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    1. Wow! 150 years! Yes, I remember the Memorial Day celebration. It’s been a few years since I was back. I will still be here, just not as much. Too many pans on the fire right now! Have a great weekend, and thank you for your support!


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