Thank You, Readers!

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As I wind down the reflection and celebration of 2012, I’d like to take a little time to thank my readers. When I started this blog back in 2010, I had no idea it would turn into something so meaningful. Thank you so much to everyone who has stopped by for a visit and/or subscribed to my posts. Your support and encouragement is an amazing source of inspiration.

2012 was an incredible year of activity and I have my readers to thank for the following annual report:

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 55,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 13 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Thank you to WordPress for putting together such a great overview of my blog!

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As for 2013, I will continue to follow my muse . . .

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c.b.w. 2013

Snappy Blog Awards

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Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to receive two blog awards from a couple of bloggers I really admire.  I’m always so honored when fellow bloggers are kind enough to recognize my blog.  Thank you to The Flying Yenta for the 7×7 Link Award and redjim99 of notyetthere for The Versatile Blogger Award.  I would highly recommend visiting both sites, for they are wholly unique and always offer an interesting read.  The Flying Yenta is a talented writer who just had one of her stories accepted for publication, (Congratulations!) and over on notyetthere, you’ll find  wonderful recent post that documents a climb up the Manchester Clock Tower.

  

This is my third time receiving The Versatile Blogger Award, (it never gets old!), so I’m going to combine the requirements of acceptance with the 7×7.  However, you can see my Versatile Blogger acceptance requirements by reading, A Nice Surprise.

Share something about yourself that others don’t know.

I drive a stick shift and I’m proud of the fact that I can.  It’s a dying art.

Link seven posts from your blog that you think are worthy.

It was tough trying to figure out which seven posts are worthy, so I decided to go with the posts that triggered the biggest conversations among readers.  These are the Top Seven most commented posts on my blog and therefore the most worthy:

The Best Souvenirs Are Free

Wreck This Journal: Letting Go

Project Art Journal

Freshly Pressed Shocked Syndrome

I Write Like . . .

Wreck This Journal: Be Unpredictable

Wreck This Journal: Freedom

Bonus: Let Me Live is a story I posted last week and the reader response was well beyond what I expected, so to me that makes it worthy of a bonus slot.

Nominate seven other bloggers that deserve the award and haven’t received it yet.

The Literary Mom

I just recently stumbled upon this blog and every time I visit, I think to myself, “Why couldn’t I have found this months ago?”  She is currently writing a fantastic series of posts about the fine art of query letters and crafting that pesky synopsis.  Her advice offers simple, common sense solutions to the slew of problems we all face when trying land an agent.

Sky Diaries

My day isn’t complete until I’ve read a post on Sky Diaries.  This honest and inspiring blog documents the ups and downs of what it is to be a writer.  She isn’t afraid to admit the defeats and she celebrates the victories with the brightest light imaginable.

Once Upon A Grain of Sand

This delightful blog has some of the best inspiration when it comes to craft projects and life in general.  The atmosphere is bright with whimsical paintings, home decor projects, and most recently a beautiful bead and wire pendant.  I love her spirit of experimenting without fear of failure.

Kate’s Bookshelf

Kate has it all – books, haikus, photography, and flash fiction!  Her love of books and the beauty of her writing makes her blog one of my favorites.  In particular, her haikus offer a unique perspective on the world around us as do her amazing photographs.

Stir

Every day brings a beautiful photograph and a lingering thought that stays with me throughout the day.  Visit this artistic blog for amazing moments of color, nature, inspiration, and wordsmithing.

The Gratitude Garden

This is probably the most positive blog out there!  Each day there is something to be thankful for and this fantastic blogger lists her daily moments of gratitude.  In turn, she encourages others to leave reasons to be thankful.  I love the reminder to see my day through the lens of gratitude.

Peach Farm Studio

Ever wonder what a typewriter is thinking?  A series of delightful typewriter messages is what first brought me to this creative blog.  When the typewriter isn’t dispensing wisdom, Peach Farm always reminds me that inspiration is everywhere.

To accept your 7×7 Link Award:

  • Thank who nominated you and include a link
  • List something others don’t know about you
  • Choose seven links on your blog that you think are worthy
  • Nominate 7 bloggers who have not received the award and include links
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated

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c.b. 2012

A Great Start in 2011

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When I sit down to write, I am always hoping my words resonate with someone.  Whether it be a story, a Wreck This Journal reflection, travel logs, or musings about writing, I write with readers in mind.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog in 2011.  Your clicks and comments have inspired me more than I can ever say.  Without you, my WordPress Annual Report would look nothing like this:

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

May 2012 be another wonderful year of writing, reading, and connecting.  Stay inspired!

c.b. 2012

Time to Relax!

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I’m heading off on a little vacation for a few days, so there might be a slight lapse in posts while I figure out the internet situation.  In between relaxing, avoiding heat stroke, and hanging out with family I’m looking to get some writing done.  Hopefully, the greenery and quiet of my destination will be inspiring.

Special thanks to all my readers.  I know life is busy and time precious, so I truly appreciate every click.  Readers like you give me yet another reason to write!

Stay tuned!  🙂

c.b. 2011