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2016 is nearly upon us! I was shocked when October 16th rolled around and I’d been blogging for a whole year. It seemed like only months. I hadn’t anticipated how much I was going to enjoy this new adventure. The end of 2014 (October to December) was a matter of getting my feet beneath me, but once I took the Blogging 101: From Zero to Hero class I was off and runnin’. If you haven’t taken that class, you’re really missing out. That’s when I truly made my blog a home and started getting to know people.

I followed that with Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, Writing 101: Finding Everyday Inspiration, Blogging 101: Commenting Bootcamp, and Writing 201: Poetry (which I TOTALLY bombed, but had such a good time I didn’t care ๐Ÿ˜€ ). I’ve learned a lot.

Now, I understand, here at year’s end we’re supposed to do a “round-up” post about our blog. Our best posts, our worst posts, the post ya’ll liked the best. It’s a wee bit intimidating. But I’ll give it a shot! Worst first! Frankly, there aren’t any. I’m THAT good! NOT! There aren’t any posted because as soon as I saw they sucked, I deleted them. No one wants to look like an idiot.

Probably my favorite post was the series I did on the adoption of our daughter Stefanie Kavitha,ย Choosing Adoption โ€” Writing 101, Day Four: A Four-Part Serial About Loss. It was an amazing and stressful time in our family’s life. It was a challenge to tell about it. I also really like writing about people I’ve met. Meeting Christopher Lloydย is one of those stories. And I especially like writing about bumping into God in my life on those rare occasions when he hits me in the head with a 2×4 as inย A Sparrow for Mother’s Day.

Interestingly, given the fact that I bombed Writing 201: Poetry so badly, my third (and fourth!) most popular post for the year was a bloomin’ poem about becoming your authentic self, Morning Star. Let me tell ya, THAT was a shocker! One fun one I wrote should become my “theme” poem. ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s called Goddess! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย But I must admit I’ve kind of fallen in love with Haiku. They come on you at the strangest times and take two minutes to write. This is my favorite one I wrote this year:

Becalmed
wind that filled my sails
ebbs to a soft, weary breath
Iโ€™m becalmed, adrift

My second most popular post was a little thing called The Love/Hate Challenge. That one was just plain fun. And my top post for the year was About Impromptu Promptlings. How well I lived up to what I promised in that post I’m not sure. But I’m going to be asking!

It would take me forever to note all the blogs I love to visit and read. Right now there are 68 of them I follow regularly! So if you wonder why I’m a bit slow reading at times, that’d be why. There are three fairly specific blogs I’m drawn to, two poetry, and one about books. Cafe Book Bean, Literature is my porn, and Another Voice (though Sam went walk-about in March and hasn’t been back on since then — her blog is still there, however). But there’s one blog that has stretched me, made me think, encouraged me, and just outright entertained me this whole year. That would be Plato’s Groove. If you’ve never been by for a visit, do drop in. Plato’s site is a real adventure. You never know what you’ll find there!

I do want to mention two events that I’ve really come to love. The first is Fimnora Westcaw’s Monday Music Medicine Show. She knows so darn much about music that she blows me away like a hot lick on a trumpet! If you’ve never participated in her event, do please have a go at it. It’s all kinds of fun. And you might find you don’t remember the music of your youth as well as you think you do!

The other event is one I started with the encouragement of Plato and Fimnora. It’s The Sandbox Writing Challenge (yes, I KNOW it’s a weird name). I am always so impressed by the courage and candor of the folks who participate in this challenge. They bring a depth and reality to their posts that is so unique in the blogging world. So a big thanks to any and all who have participated over the past nearly five months!

Those are really the most interesting things I can think of from the blog for this year except that I would like to take a minute to thank my top five commenters, all of whom are near and dear to my heart and I didn’t know ANY of them before I started this wordy venture. They are Plato (Plato’s Groove), Fimnora (Quantum Hermit), Jane (Making it write), Linda (Spiritual Dragonfly), and Badfish (Badfish Out of Water). It is not an understatement to say that you guys are the reason I’m still here. Thank you for your support and encouragement. You are family to me.

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One final thing I would like to do is put out a comment box for your feedback to help me continue to improve this blog in the new year. I would love to hear what you have to say. What you liked. What you hated. What you’d like to discuss even if you’d care to take a few minutes and add your thoughts!

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Thanks to each and every one of you who have taken the time to read and comment on Impromptu Promptlings. I’ve so enjoyed meeting you and hearing what you have to say. You’ve made this year truly memorable for me. God bless each and every one of you!

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