Oh my. I did it. There were moments where I had my doubts I'd survive a year out here. For those of you who don't know how much can happen in 365 days, you've never followed a blog.
I survived a crusade. I sent my blog to hell, brought it back, and showed others how to do so. I interviewed some impressive (and some insane) writers- yeah you know who you are. I met great writers, agents, publishers, crit partners, won all sorts of cool things including an honorable mention or two, and made real friends- yeah you know who you are. Most importantly, I learnt what BTW and LMAO mean. (my sister got a kick out of it each time I texted her in a panic with a new set of oddly used letters. Thanks sis for your patience with me.)
And that's just my blogging world. The real world was still spinning around me making me dizzy. Yikes eh?
The odds of me surviving this year without my family, blogging buddies, and readers encouraging me would have been zip. So!I'm celebrating by giving out an award to the first 20 still active bloggers who left comments on my blog.
I've been honored with the "Great Comments Award" twice! By RICHARD HUGHES from Writing and Living by Richard Hughes and by Elizabeth Varadan's Fourth Wish.
Elizabeth and I have been commenting back and forth since last March. March! I had to look it up, I knew it'd been a long time but geesh. No wonder it feels like I learnt I lot from her. I did. Elizabeth's site is very warm and inviting, and she brings that with her in all her comments. She teaches, she shares, and she's just all around fun. She's great at feeding my addictions; always has a book suggestion or is just a plain living example of what it takes to be a writer-- heart and soul, dedication and love, passion and motivation, friends and family. I hang out at her place a fair amount too. So thanks for the great award, makes me feel a little less stalker and a little more friend. Thanks for sharing the magic with me this year.
As for all you other commenters... Love Love Love to have you stop by. Everyone teaches me something new, makes me smile, and brings my words to life in a new way. Yes. I am just a fool blogging to myself without you!
As for all you readers who don't leave comments-- hugs, and thanks for reading me. It leaves me with a warm feeling inside to know you stopped by.
So these are the gems who came to visit me and left comments on my blog, back when I had zero followers. They all left great comments that led to wonderful debates, conversations, and friendships!
1- PK HREZO 2-Liz Arroyo from Chandara Writes
3-Regina from Unsettled 4-Beth from My Characters Lives
5-The Happy Whisk 6-J.L. Campbell from The Character Depot
7-Betsy from Write Brain Mommy 8-Jayne Ferst from a Novice Novelist
9-Lynnette Labelle 10-Donna Hosie from Musings of a Penniless Writer
11-Writing in a Nut Shell 12-Catherine Awinn from the Writing Room
13-Lydia Shart from the Sharp Angle 14-Laurel from Unhinged... Seriously
15-DB Symith 16-Shelli from Market My Words
17-HowLynn Time 18-Krista from Mother, Write. (Repeat.)
19-Carolyn from Serendipity 20-Lindz from Rapturous Randomocity
Now to accept this award one just needs to pass it on to another 20 bloggers whose comments you just love!
Oh. I am so not done.
3. Trisha from Words + Stuff 4. Autumn Shelley at Conspiracy Cafe
5-Susan Kane from the Contemplative Cat 6-Erin Kane Spock from Hold on to Your Bloomers
7-Victoria Lindstrom from Writ of Whimsy 8-Teresa Cypher from dreamers, lovers and star voyagers
And here are the 7
1- That it's one step from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo groups, GoogleTalk, Skype, and Goodreads. What did I miss? Any other crap I need to sign into? Bring it on.
2- Blogging is really just writing in public. For a closet addict like me, not so easy to do. But! I am still here. A year later I've posted 63 times, and I now submit to several newspapers! I did it. Thank you for giving me the courage!
3- That every day I learn something amazing.
4- That a writer is never alone. This one is really three things but they interlink;
-Not only are other writing addicts out there-- some are worse than me. Sharing with them kept me motivated.
-My wonderful family doesn't get why I write daily (heck, neither do I), yet they support me. They help me make time to write when there is none. They turn me back to the computer when I announce that I am done and they read with me so I have someone to talk with about my passion.
-A writer needs only one other thing-- readers. This is the magic.
5- That I have more stories to tell than time to tell them. Does that even make sense? Probably not, but you get it, right? Thought so.
7-I have no idea what "no" means anymore. Staring at the pile of rejections I got this year, really, I should have an idea what "no" means. I should. But! I don't. Do you?
Oh my. What did you learn this year that stuck with you?