All Good Things Must Be Renewed

I’ve been operating this blog for nearly five years. I’ve struggled to find a niche. I’ve actually found my niche at my other site hipdiggs.com. I feel really good about the direction Hip Diggs is taking me. I’ll continue to post at Hip Diggs regularly, but this site has a different future. All good things must be renewed.

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This is the last post at danerickson.net as you know it. In the near future I’ll be completely remodeling this site. Why? It’s simple. Since starting this site, my understanding of blogging and managing websites has changed. My priorities have changed. I’ve changed. 

I’ll keep this site up until Sptember 30, 2015. At that point, the site will go into an “under construction” mode. I’ll be saving all the poetry that has not yet been published. Expect another book of poetry sometime next year. Once the poetry is moved into another format, I’ll delete almost all of the content from this site. Crazy? Maybe. I’ve already deleted more than half the content. But it’s not so crazy. Great things are born out of renewal. This is how we grow.

So I’ll be creating a new danerickson.net. All good things must be renewed. I have no definitive date for the new site, but it will likely be ready in early 2016. What will the new site look like? I’m not quite sure myself yet, but I know this much.

  1. The new site will be simple.
  2. The new site will be more personal.
  3. The new site will focus on my musical art.
  4. The new site will likely have less photos.
  5. The photos on the new site will be my own art.
  6. I will still blog, but less often.
  7. Topics will be more life commentary in nature. This may include music, politics, religion, culture, and simple living.

I thank you all who have followed and supported danerickson.net to this point. I hope you’ll continue to support my music, writing, art, and commentary in the future.

Sincerely,

Dan Erickson

All Good Things Must Be Renewed

Incandescent Man

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Sometimes he burns a little too bright

A candle at both ends all day and night

The flame in his heart glows through his skin

Incandescent man

All he’s ever wanted is to love and be loved

All he’s ever wanted is to love

Copyright 2014 by Dan Erickson & Missouri-Bound Music

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The Future Of The Dan Erickson Blog

Before I wrote books, I was a songwriter. Before I ran blogs, I was a musician. I’ve been a songwriter and a musician for over 30 years. Music is one of my greatest passions. Music is the future of danerickson.net

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I’ve been floundering in regard to this website for the past year. Is it a blog? Is it a website? Is it about writing, blogging, music, poetry, religion, life? What is it? The answers to those questions are here. This site has a future. It will be less of a blog and more of a musical artist’s website.

I’ve been playing and writing music all of my life. I’m not going to stop now!

Music has been an important part of my life. If you’ve followed this blog, you know I have a few dozen songs posted here. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve written hundreds of songs. I’ve also performed and recorded music regularly in the past. I gave that up when my daughter, Annie, was born, and I became a single dad. But I’ve always had a plan to start performing again. Annie is getting older, and coffee shops and family-friendly wineries are a perfect place for me to perform. We have a few of those here in the Northwest.

I’m going to turn danerickson.net into a site to support my musical endeavors. This site will become the site of a musical artist. Will I still post regularly? No. Occasionally? Yes. There will still be a place for my poetry and my books on this site, but they won’t be the emphasis. I was a musician first. I’ll gladly join the ranks of great songwriters like Woody Guthrie, Jimmy Buffett, and Steve Earle who have all written successful books as well as songs.

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I also have some strong political and theological opinions. Sometimes those come through in my songwriting, but don’t be surprised to find occasional political and spiritual posts on danericskon.net.  

What about blogging?

I’m not giving it up completely. My Hip Diggs site is about simple living. It’s a topic I love. I’ll continue operating Hip Diggs as a blog. My posts there will cover both practical and philosophical considerations concerning simple living and pragmatism. Yes, I’m more a pragmatist than a minimalist. 

I’m excited about these changes. So when will it all take place? I’m not entirely sure. My Internet is still turned off for the summer. Redesigning a website requires Internet. My hope is to work on the site this coming fall and winter. There’s a good chance I’ll even shut the site down for a month or two while I’m working on it. I’ll keep you posted. 

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The Mystery

boulders-336523_1280 The mystery

It’s hidden deep, like darkness within

dark, an angel in sunlight.

I feel her so close, guiding, mentoring

empathizing, yet never touching, 

never letting me find surety.

Certainty does not exist in this state,

nor does uncertainty, just being.

The mystery is a road, continuous, 

filled with hills and bends,

waiting to be discovered.    

The mystery is a valley hidden

deep within the mountains of

December, ready

for a new beginning.

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The Struggle Between Personal And Professional

Sometimes it feels like I’m just talking to myself on this blog. So how do I feel about that? Quite frankly, I don’t care. Writing our thoughts and feelings is essential for growth. I’d rather grow than be popular. Today, I continue to wrestle with the not-so-distant change coming to this blog. Maybe you can help:

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The struggle: I’ve struggled long and hard with this blog. Some days I just want to give it up. I’ve found my niche at hipdiggs.com, but I’m not ready to throw in the towel here. This is my blog. It’s got my name on it, danerickson.net, yet I’ve not yet been able to pinpoint what it’s about. Does that mean I don’t know what I’m about? Not really. I know who I am. I’m a man of many colors. My life is art and art is my life.

I’ve blogged about forgiveness, music, writing, loss, and blogging. I’ve blogged about the struggle I have with blogging. I’ve posted poems, songs, and stories. I’ve been consistently inconsistent. I think the struggle boils down to one thing:  

The struggle between the personal and the professional life.

The main reason I’ve struggled with finding a solid niche for this blog is a continual battle between the personal and professional life.

On one hand I want a personal blog: one that discusses my day-to-day life, my deepest thoughts and feelings on a variety of topics. I want to restrict the photos to my own. I don’t want to sell anything. I just want to share my journey.

On the other hand, I’m an artist. I write books, poetry, and songs. My work is valuable. It’s my time. I’m a teacher and a speaker. I’ve spent years developing and honing these skills. Why shouldn’t I make this a professional blog and sell products and services? 

Still, I feel yucky when I try to convince you to buy my latest book or hire me to speak at your event. I don’t like self-promotion. I’d rather spend my time being creative. I’d rather give you something beautiful than sell you something slick.

Then again, it sure would be nice to create a residual income doing something I love for when I reach retirement age in 10-12 years. Is there a way to do both?

This tension is what’s at the root of my struggle with finding a center of focus at danerickson.net. I’ve changed my focus several times because of the struggle between the personal and professional.

The tension has gone on for too long. Something is not quite right here. A change is coming. I can feel it. Within the next year I’m going to start danerickson.net from scratch again. I’m going to wipe out most, or all of the content and redesign the entire site. I lean toward taking the blog toward the personal side of things. But who wants to read about my daily life? Perhaps, I should go professional? It’s a dilemma. 

This is where I’d like your help. You can help with my decision. What kind of focus would you like to see at danerickson.net. To help you out, here’s a list of topics I do not want to solely focus on:

  • Blogging
  • Writing
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Religion

Although each of the above topics are major interests of mine, I don’t want to choose any of these as a niche. I don’t feel like I could write post after post about these topics without becoming bored and repetitive. That’s not to say that I might not include these topics within a broader spectrum. 

I’ve thought about making this blog solely for my creative work, a site for myself as a musical artist. I’ve also thought about making this blog similar to Hip Diggs, about simple living. But neither of these ideas scream, “yes.”

So what do you think? What would you like to see at danerickson.net?

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