Thirteen years of blogging friends
In 2021, I completed thirteen years of blogging. More than a decade of writing blog posts, of visiting blogs, of blogging friends. Friends have been my one place of support and refuge in the past year, and in this one, which seems in so many ways like an extension of the last year. I’ll not speak of trials, because no matter where we are today, we have had a trying time. My blog friends have been my cheerleaders throughout my publication journey–they’ve read and reviewed You Beneath Your Skin, commiserated on my times of loss, and cheered me on as I struggled.
It gives me pause–I’ve known some of you for almost ten years ! We visit each other, keep up with each other’s life and publication woes, and I’ve met some of you in real life. The meetups have felt natural, a continuation of our online lives and interactions. Some of us keep in touch via social media, others via calls and emails, and in these times of isolation, that’s been a lifeline.
I wouldn’t mention names, because there are so many of you, and in my current scatterbrained state I might miss someone, and that would be gutting. I want to say to each one of you that your comments often light up my day, that when some of you call, it makes me feel heard, and that I long to meet and hug some of you, though who knows when that will be. I hope, soon. In the meanwhile, I have questions for you:
If you’ve been here before, what year did we meet? Are we blog friends? Would you like to share one of your posts in the comments that you’d like more reads on? What do you think I should improve upon on Daily (w)rite?
An IWSG blog friend, Kalpana, has posted an interview today, and it would be lovely if you could add to her hit counter! I speak about failing at writing, how not to over-burden the reader, and many other writerly concerns.
From the bloggers who comment on this post, I’ll choose 10 blog friends at random, and if you give me an address I can send a parcel to, pass you a book. I still hold strong in my faith: books make (almost) everything better.
Today is the first Wednesday of the month for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
Founded by the Ninja Cap’n Alex J. Cavanaugh, the purpose of the group is to offer a safe space where writers can share their fears and insecurities without being judged. The wonderful co-hosts this time are Louise – Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!
It is available in India here.
Reviews are appreciated–please get in touch if you’d like a review copy.