“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca
When Thomas Edison stood outside his lab-site as over half of it burnt to the ground, illuminating the sky with brilliant yellow and green flames, he asked his son to fetch the rest of the family to watch. “They’ll never see a fire like this,” he said calmly.
10 years of research, plans, and prototypes were destroyed in the fire, and yet he was fully aware that fretting over it, cursing, getting angry, or screaming into the evening sky would achieve nothing. He seized all he could from the scenario in the moment: the fire was spectacular!
In the year following this catastrophic event, Edison went on to earn over $200 million dollars by modern standards, all down to his steely understanding that sometimes, more often than not, what happens to you is not as important as what you do next.
He could’ve been devastated, cursed his life and his luck, and given up. But he didn’t. He seized the opportunity from this destruction and saw it as freeing. A fresh start. Rather than harping on the loss, he welcomed it, picked himself up and got to work, rebuilding his empire with all the skills and knowledge his years before had afforded him.
Why are we talking Edison right now? Well, I’ve kinda set my lab on fire…
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu
Yep, I’ve basically deleted everything I had previously published, and freed myself for a fresh start! And it’s been great!
Don’t get me wrong, it was a big decision, and not one I made lightly. But attempting to restructure what I had was a soulless task, and it was getting me nowhere. I felt attached to the way I had things setup. The structure, the theme, the categories. Everything I tried saw me hurtling full speed ahead into an immoveable obstacle, that obstacle being, for the most part, me.
So I metaphorically set it all on fire and watched the brilliant flames as I plotted my next run at things. It was the best gift I could’ve given myself. From the second my content was unpublished (though of course saved and backed up) I was free to look at the canvas and consider what I could now create.
I got to work immediately. It started with scrolling through themes, looking at their options and capabilities, and figuring out what I could do with them. some were perfect in one aspect and unnecessarily complex in others. Not suitable. Move on. The site needs to be me.
I eventually found one that I liked, and got to building it out the way I wanted it. All my fiction work will be pages now, rather than posts. It allows me to build a running, SEO friendly portfolio. It immortalises my work! great! The same goes for book reviews.
It frees up my blogging to allow posts about all sorts. Updates, news, lifestyle, commentary on my fiction pieces, you know… the typical blog stuff!
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse
Along the way I’ve learned so much about SEO, content structures, and wordpress themes, and have had the chance to inject new ideas and skills straight into the fabric of the site itself.
I’ve still a fair way to go, but with each step I feel satisfied and happy with the result! I’m conjuring new ideas I’ve never previously had because my old setup had me stuck in my ways. Bedtime stories for children, full length short stories, a webseries, genre specific book reviews, word of the day posts, philosophy quotes, author & blogger interviews! There’s so much scope now that I can’t believe I didn’t see it all before.
For the first time in a long time, I’m in love with what I do, and can’t wait to keep doing it! I’m excited for the future of the site and can’t wait to submit myself to the tides of fate to see where it leads me. C’est la vie.