Cafe in the Woods is now on hiatus – but there’s more

The final Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin and Hobbes looking out over a hillside freshly filled with snow. “Everything familiar has disappeared! The World looks brand-new…like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on!” Calvin’s last words are “It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol ‘buddy, Let’s go exploring!” And then they do.

It’s hopeful.

I’ve been thinking about new starts. A clean state. And seeing that it’s stereotypically common to do so at the beginning of every year, I figured now would be a good time to do that. Part of that means admitting that it’s time to put this blog, the Cafe in the Woods, on permanent hiatus.

When I first started the blog in 2006, I wanted to document my journey to becoming a professional writer as well as write book reviews. Somewhere in there, I documented becoming a mother, which was a bonus. I deliberately up the name “Cafe in the Woods” to show my blog to be a place of respite and champion the things I loved. It was a good run, and I’m glad I did it.

Nowadays? I don’t have much to say. Part of it is time. But also, the internet has become a lot more hostile. And also, much is that is I fear that a lot of what I have to say would get lost among the myriad of voices dominating the internet now. And I don’t think it works as a place of respite anymore.

But I still want to do it. I miss processing things. I miss sharing my writing journey with people (and also I want to get back to writing as a journey as opposed to a business). I want to show my struggles and my fears, but do it in a safe place.

So guess what? I’m starting a newsletter.

This blog will remain. I’m not taking it down. There’s a lot of good content and people are still reading it. But if you want to follow up on my latest announcements and the occasional musing, then subscribe to my Substack newsletter. It’s better suited to my sporadic posting, and best of all, it’s free. I may start some separate newsletters that would be paid, but the main newsletter will always be free. I promise that. It’s all part of my business plan. So head over and subscribe now.

Thanks for reading my blog, the Cafe in the Woods. I look forward to meeting you over at #WriterWithDayJob. Let’s go exploring!