It has been a while since I last updated my website. Don’t worry, I’m not planning to stop posting altogether, but I am going through a turbulent period at the moment.
Since my return from Iran I have been busy building my career as a freelance writer and editor. I have worked on various assignments, ranging from simple copywriting to writing historical articles for Medieval Warfare Magazine and from proofreading E-books to giving professional feedback on student’s theses.
It’s quite a challenge to find a good balance between working too little and working too much, especially when the feeling of financial insecurity keeps nagging at you. When you’re working too little, you feel stressed about not earning enough. When you’re working too much, you feel stressed because of the workload and you’ll see the quality of your work diminish. Nevertheless, looking at what I have accomplished so far I do have reason to be proud. It will take me some time to find the right balance, but in the end I am sure that this new lifestyle will benefit me. I will be able to work on my own terms, create my own work schedule and earn money by doing what I do best.
Because of all these changes, I haven’t been working much on my blog lately. Even though I did have a free afternoon now and then, I needed these times to relax. As soon as I’ll get into a more steady work flow I’m sure that I will pick up writing again, although I cannot promise you when that will be.
Considering the future of this blog, I have some great ideas. First of all, I’m thinking of building a new website – with my full name in the URL – that is mostly aimed at promoting my work as a freelancer. A section of this website will be reserved for my blog posts. I will be blogging about ancient history, but also about a whole range of other topics. There will probably be fewer long informative articles of 1000 to 2000 words, but more short posts, like news updates, links to certain videos or books, opinion pieces, anecdotes, etc. The blog will be more personalized and will not have the pretention of being a library or an encyclopedia.
As soon as I will start using my new website for posting my ancient history posts, I will transfer the old posts on ancientworldlibrary.com to the new website as well. As of yet I don’t know how to do that, but I’m smart enough to find out. It will take some time to look up the information and get the process started, however, so I’m trying to find a suitable moment when I don’t have too many other obligations. Until that moment I will continue posting on this blog. Also, I will keep you posted on my plans for transferring the content to the new blog.