Blog closing

As you may have noticed, I have not blogged in a while. When I posted my Christmas story I was shocked to see WordPress changed unrecognisably. I find it completely unusable, with all its bells and whistles and floating menus at the side which do not work, not to mention the terrible mobile site with a menu taking up 90% of the screen. Which probably doesn’t mean anything to you if you are just reading my blog and don’t have a WordPress site yourself, but take my word for it that I find it impossible to enjoy blogging anymore using WordPress. This does not explain why I haven’t blogged for a long time – that’s down to other factors – but the changes WordPress has made do not inspire me to continue blogging. So it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the end of this blogging site. I will open up another site somewhere else, but I am still in the process of figuring out where.

Another issue I have to work out is the matter of my name. When I started blogging (and writing in earnest) I thought I would come up with a pen name. I did not want to use my own name as it is quite unpronounceable for English speakers (I constantly have to spell my name and correct the pronunciation, not something I would like to do if I make it big as a writer – haha), so I came up with a derivation of my maiden name. A couple of weeks ago, another blogger, Jenny Trout, posted a blog post about her experience with another writer having the same name as her. I had never considered all the ramifications of two authors having similar names, but after reading this post I did a search for Christina Lawrence. And while there are no authors called Christina Lawrence, there is an author duo called Christina Lauren, which is very similar. So I will need to come up with something different. I still have to work out what though.

Once I have worked out the issues of a new blog platform and a new name, I will let you all know where you can find me. Hopefully somewhere where I will blog a bit more than I have so far.

Until then…Happy New Year! May 2016 be full of wonderful books to read and write!