Announcing Blog Changes + What You Can Expect from Me

NicoletteElzie.com // Announcing Blog Changes + What You Can Expect from Me

So, I inadvertently went on another hiatus last week. I’m going to be honest with you, this is what’s going on with me…

When I started this blog three almost four years ago, I started it without a clue as to what I wanted my “niche” to be. I really just wanted to write about my family and have a place to write in general because I wasn’t working on any project at the time.

A lot has changed since then in terms of where I am in life, where I am as a writer and the kinds of things I want to focus on.

Fast forward to now. Today and for the foreseeable future, Nicolette Elzie (yep, talking in third person here, bear with me for a sec) is passionate about inspiring other writers, living a more intentional & creative life, talking about how great books help her grow as a writer, and how bullet journaling helps her set & slay weekly & monthly goals.

Something a lot of you might not know is that I work for a university and teach college students how to improve their writing. So teaching people about writing is literally what I do for a living. When I say that I eat, sleep and breathe writing, I’m not kidding you. It really is my passion. When I wake up in the morning, I write. When I go to work, I teach. When I come home and after the kids go to bed, I write. Writing is my life. 

Over the years I’ve learned and grown in my own writing in many ways, through attaining my degree in Creative Writing, through my profession, through my experiences (never underestimate the value of trial and error), and through being mentored by other more experienced and seasoned writers who have shared their wisdom with me. 

Suffice to say it’s thanks to that collective knowledge and experience, that I have a lot that I can speak on when it comes to writing; be it about the process, characterization, stumbling blocks, overcoming those blocks, craft, etc.

NicoletteElzie.com // Announcing Blog Changes + What You Can Expect from Me

However the biggest thing that has always held me back from pursuing this on the blog is that talking about writing is actually one of my biggest fears. The main reason for this is because I never want to come off to readers as being some kind of hoity toity expert that’s full of herself. And then, of course, the doubt monster settles in and I think to myself, “someone else out there knows more than me” and “someone else can say this better”. And while both are true, I’m starting to realize “why not me?” Why not share my knowledge and the way I do things?

My aim at my job is to encourage and facilitate growth. To correct and suggest ways to improve. So why not do that here?

I want to encourage writers like me to grow in their writing. I want to inspire writers to write more and take risks. I want to help writers be better.

At the end of the day, writing shouldn’t be a solitary endeavor, though it sometimes can be. I want to be a resource and a support system for other writers who need words of encouragement, a little bit of humor, and a dash of the harsh truth every now and then.

So that’s precisely what I’m going to do. Even though it scares me, even though people will probably think I’m a dick. It’s time to come out of my comfort zone and share the knowledge I’ve acquired and the experiences I’ve had and help others because I can, because I’m equipped to so do, and because I should.

To my followers, I love you all! You’re amazing and I thank you in advance for your patience as nicoletteelzie.com moves in a new direction!

Keep Reading and Keep Writing,

Nicolette

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26 thoughts on “Announcing Blog Changes + What You Can Expect from Me

  1. THIS IS SO EXCITING!! Honestly, this is so much of what I want out of writing my blog…and writing itself. I want other young people to see something (anything!) they’re passionate about and say “Hey, I can do that!”

    Good for you, Nicolette, my dear! ❤ I am so glad I started following your blog at the start of all of this. XOXO

    1. Thanks Sierra!!! It really is a huge leap for me in terms of comfort zone. It’s not like I don’t do this everyday, it’s just that I’m not as verbal about it.
      But I really am incredibly excited for it. My post for Wednesday already has me ALL kinds of amped up!!

      THAT and I have also felt a ton of creative energy flow through me thanks to really letting myself pursue my true interests, so I know this is the right path. Not the safest path or the easiest, but the right one for me! Thanks for your support!!! ^.^

      1. Whoohoo! I can’t wait for Wednesday already! ❤

        Nah, the safe and easy paths are usually the ones to avoid. So excited to travel the long and dangerous path with you! 😀

  2. I say go you, Nic! I think your pursuit is a noble one, and I know you’ll do great things and help people with your new endeavour and direction.

    It’s funny that you’ve posted this because I feel like my life has changed over the summer holidays and during my hiatus… so my feelings towards my blog have changed a little. (Still trying to figure stuff out, I guess!)

    But in any case, I support you supporting other people! And I’m so excited for you, and can’t wait to see the sort of content you’ll be posting! ❤ All the best, Nicolette! 🙂

    1. Thanks CW!! You’re always soo encouraging and so positive! Such a bright light! ^.^
      If you want to talk more about finding your new direction, shoot me an email or DM. Seriously, I would really love to help. Helping people really is my thing, so if I can in some way guide you to a solution or just help you brainstorm to a new path, I’d love to be that person!
      I’m super excited for Wednesday’s post, I can’t wait for it to go up. I’ve got it drafted and I need to make some final edits, but the graphics are made! This is definitely the right direction for me. I was telling Sierra @ Yearning to Read that while this is out of my comfort zone in the sense that I’m not usually so verbal with my views/opinions, the creative energy just kept flowing today once I made this decision. So, I know it’s the right one.

    1. Thanks Jesse!! I knew this was the right decision as soon as I finished drafting up this post because literally the creative block I’d been feeling lately suddenly disappeared and all the ideas started flowing again. I’m really excited to share all of them with you!! ^.^

      1. ^.^
        I’ve missed you too!! It’s been SOOO long, really WAY too long!
        Story is coming along really great. I am finishing up draft 14 and need to write the big climax, polish up the ending and then I’ll be done with this draft. I want to go back through, and give it a good comb through to clean up and brush it down so draft 15 should be a nice clean version, not necessarily polished but definitely readable. So maybe soonish?!? lol. ^.^

      2. HAHA!! Oh no!!! >.< I promise I'll keep you updated!!
        Also, this ending is just kicking my ass. It's just one of those stumbling blocks, you know.
        I'm working through it piece by piece but I think because it's such a tough thing to write in general bc of all the feels that I'm having issues, lol. Basically, my own story is making me cry, lol!!!

    1. Haha!! Thanks Kat! I am really excited and the positive encouragement from everyone has really reinforced this decision!!

      Even if people don’t like what I have to say (because the harsh truth can be tough to swallow sometimes) I know that I need to realize that I can’t take ownership of someone else’s hurt feelings. Ultimately, the purpose of my advice/observations aren’t to hurt people, it’s to encourage and facilitate growth. 🙂

      1. I completely agree with what you just said! Yes, sometimes the truth is very difficult to face, but we need people in our life who are bold enough to actually tell it straight to our face! 😀 I bet you’ll do great!

      2. I sure hope so! *crosses fingers* I’m working on one post in particular (wont go up until next week tho, still need to iron out some kinks) that is making me both laugh and occasionally cringe because I think some people will be a little mad, lol *shrugs* oh well.

  3. Like you said, Nicolette, why not you! Your experience and knowledge is particular to you, but also relevant to anyone else travelling in the same direction.

    Don’t think of it as you being a know-it-all, or any of the other things you thought others might think, but think of it as adding your knowledge & experience to the pot, and making it available to others that need/want it! Guaranteed, if I were to say exactly the same, and do a similar thing, what I wrote, my content, would be different from yours. Yours would have your slant on it, and mine would be skewed to my experience.

    What you write might be exactly what someone needs to read!

    Go girl! Look forward to your first post in this new era! 😄

    1. Annelisa!! I love you lady!! Thanks for stopping by and showering me in love and support!! ^.^

      The outpouring of support has been amazing and I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement as I embark on this new endeavor! I will keep your advice close to my heart and forge through with the knowledge that I’m adding to the collective pot of creative knowledge!! Thanks for your positivity! 🙂

  4. Nope! I don’t find you Ms Know-it-all at all (I love that it rhymes lol!). In fact, I am excited about this new change on your blog. Don’t get hindered by what others would say. This is your blog, this is your space! Remember that when everybody else hated what you wrote, there are people like me and those who commented above who believe in you. Keep on shining, girl!

    1. Trisha!!! I love you girl!! Thank you a million times and so much more!! I love you for all the love you shower me in, all the encouragement and your positivity just helps me know that this is totally the right thing to do! I’m so excited to share with you what I’ve got cooking!

  5. As usual, so many levels of YAS! I love the voice that you bring to your blog posts and critiques because it just is so real and genuine and I’m so glad that more people are going to get to see that from you! You are so not a dick *scoffs* you are just a badass marshmallow (I mean that in the best way) and you have nothing to worry about. Just be you and keep slaying 🙂

    1. Tristen!!! YAY!! You’re here too!
      Thanks girl! Without you to help push me over the edge I would’t have made this leap. I owe gathering up the courage to you!
      Thanks for loving my voice, I try to bring the realness and the fact that I’m a total dork to the page. Bc I am. I’m a human. I have feels. Lol. Gladly puts on badge of “badass marshmallow”! *heart*
      Slay! I’ll totally slay. That song is playing in my head now btw!

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