Well, it is official. I am now two days behind on my posts. Time has gotten away from me this week and I’ve been fighting some serious fatigue the last 3 or 4 days. It is kind of hard to write when your eyes won’t stay open. So, this is a short and sweet post. I probably won’t be able to catch up for a couple of days, but bear with me and I will get to your posts eventually. Have a great weekend everyone!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – official
I got a notification from WordPress yesterday… I have had my blog for five years now. My how time flies when you are having fun. But don’t get too excited, I would say I have only truly been blogging for closer to two years. Let’s take a look at some of my past words and facts. (I know how boring… but maybe somebody might like to see what I have done.)
I started back in August of 2013 (hence the 5 years… LOL) and that first year I only had 3 posts this being my first one. I didn’t make it back until August of 2014 and sporadically stayed with it until November when I did one of my hardest posts. 2015 I was in the groove enough I almost hit every month, but still very few posts. This is one of my early depression blogs .
Then we reached 2016, that is when something clicked. In March I started to write more. I dealt with not one but two friends in crisis. By the end of that summer I discovered the daily prompts and that kept me here most days. And a Radical Idea had me posting about my happiness for 100 days. I also tried to find the wonder of the holidays with my 12 Days of Christmas.
2017 I was bound and determined to find a way to be Happy and Grateful every single day. And I may have been late a few times but I got through that year-long challenge. I also continued with the daily prompts and from March through November I shared some of my photos with Monochrome Monday.
Now we are in 2018 and although WordPress has dropped its daily prompt I still am challenged by Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) every day. I have embraced an occasional blog with my Mumbles… posts. And I am once in a while doing some fiction posts, most often limited to 100 words.
I sit one person away from 500 followers. I figure 100 per year average is not bad. I get likes on my posts and wonderful comments from people I consider friends. I have 1,212 posts, over 21,700 views and more than 10,700 visitors. For those of you who made it this far I will give you the answer to this question. Too wise you are, too wise you’ll be, I see you are, too wise for me. 🙂
Have a good day/night… thanks for sticking with me. I really hope all these links work! Now to start the next 5 years! (((HUGS)))
Today’s word of the day is quintessential. The Encarta Dictionary defines it as “embodiment, the purest or most perfect example of something.” I have struggled with this word. I have thought of trying poems, but the thoughts of a perfect example of love, happiness or even pain are eluding me now. So I thought I would take a minute to ramble on… the perfect example of someone struggling for words with their muse taking a nap.
My muse sometimes takes the whole day off. The only things I have written today are a few thank you messages and a comment or two. And as usual those comments are on old posts as I am between two and three days behind again (so technically the word of the day is a few days old now). I was close to catching up this week, then the holiday happened and I lost most of that day. BUT as always I will get to your posts eventually.
My muse usually works best for me in the evening or night, but inspiration can strike anytime. I once got an idea for a poem from a package of gum. And then other times I can be focus on one thing (like the word quintessential) and have no words. But rambling on and on about nothing I can do. I however will not subject you to more words than necessary.
I will take my leave and see if any inspiration will strike over night… sometimes dreams, occasionally stray thoughts as I try to drift off, or the even more rare thoughts first thing when I wake up (although this is more of a half dream state really as I wake up slowly with the meds I take at night). Do you have a time of day when you are more inclined to have a creative mind? Or does the muse stick around all day for you? Have a good day/night everyone!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – quintessential
*went to post this last night and had internet issues…. went to post it this morning had computer issues… this is the third attempt – I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed this time LOL
Good evening everyone. I sit here after midnight trying to gather my thoughts into some kind of coherent writing. I was told the other day from WordPress that I hit a milestone. I have now had over 1000 posts now. Does not seem possible, but then again with doing both a daily happy and grateful post and the daily prompts all of last year that was well over 700 alone. So I am feeling somewhat prolific. I would like to say they were all wonderful posts, but I am my own worst critic. Some of the posts I would like to sort through, but I am afraid half of them would be deleted then.
So I guess this is a kind of thank you. Thanks for the views and the likes on all my 1000… most of all thanks for the follows. I still wonder what I write that is good enough to want to follow… a lot of it is just getting my thoughts and demons out. I am glad you have come along for the ride. Now I guess I try to hit another 1000 posts.
How is the weather where you are? We are getting ready for an ice/snow storm to hit just in time for the morning commute tomorrow (well technically today since it is after midnight) and of course both my daughter and my boyfriend will have to drive through it. I do have to go out but it is only a couple blocks away so I am not too worried about my drive time… I am already anxious about the two of them driving in it though.
I have lived my whole life in Iowa, you would think I would be used to these little storm warnings, but they really bother me any more. And driving in snow and ice at night… forget it! I have turned into a ‘fraidy cat and I am not afraid to admit it!
I should stop rambling for the night. Get some rest so I can check in on my daughter in the morning and make sure it was a safe trip to work for her. Then wait to get a text from my boyfriend that he has arrived at work ok as well. I hope you all have a wonderful night/day!
This has been a long year… but I made it to the end. When I started out on my challenge to write a post every day for a whole year about what I was happy and grateful for, I never thought I would make it. Some days were hard to find a happiness, some days I didn’t feel there was anything to be grateful for but I dug deep and always found something.
By far my daughter brought me the most happiness and gratitude during the year. But if I had to guess second place I would guess things that come close to healing me (doctor, meds, etc). Some days I resorted to the basic needs – food, roof over my head and warmth or cool surroundings for the season. But I found something every day.
This final night of the year I was happy to have survived another year. Happy to be surrounded by those I care about. And happy to have enough to get by. My boyfriend, my daughter and I all got together to play cards and toast in the new year (raspberry schnapps and cranberry juice – YUM!). I may not have won the games – my daughter won both that we played – but we shared a few laughs and had a good time.
Time to get sappy… my gratitude for the night. I am grateful for all of you readers who have stuck with me. I plan to stick around for a while longer, but will not be doing the Happy and Grateful posts anymore. I hope it is something that is beneficial for me and entertaining for you. I want to thank you all for reading. I am still amazed I have more than the 10 people I thought might follow me. Now at over 350 I am stunned. I am absolutely speechless at the 16,000 views and wondering where the 7,800 visitors came from.
Most of all at the end of this year I am in awe that I am now only 5 posts away from 1000 posts. I know the Happy and Grateful along with the daily prompt poems this year account for the majority of that. But I think I still have a little creativity left in me to share. And for that I hope you will stick around and bear with me on this new journey.
As always I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude. May 2018 be wonderful for all of you… HAPPY New Year!