Giving Thanks and Moving On

Well, that was fun. Twenty-six blogs over thirty days; although if I’m honest, I wrote many of them at the same time and spent too many hours looking for photos and setting up posts days in advance so I wouldn’t miss one. I know that many bloggers out there actually wrote a post each day, and to you I say “that is awesome”. But I shall not take anything away from my achievement; especially if you go over my blog history and see that 26 blogs is more than I’ve written in pretty much the last two years combined. So there’s that going for me.

First of all, I would just like to say THANK YOU to all of you who stopped by my blog to read and comment, or even just to look at the photos. While like a lot of you I do love to write and am finally starting to feel like a writer again, I also want people to read what I write. If I said I didn’t, I’d keep a journal and not a blog. Having you repeatedly stop by my little piece of the blogosphere on a daily basis, gave me the ambition to carry on, to keep putting words down to entertain, to educate, and hopefully make this big ole world we live in a little bit smaller. I don’t write for money, I don’t write for fame. I write because I want to and because it helps me connect with people and share ideas and stories. I like that idea and I like that you have all enjoyed my true travel tales and interacted with me because of them.

Secondly, I want to say that I have enjoyed getting back into the blogging community and have very much looked forward to seeing new posts appear on my feed during the past month. From simple to post one letter entries (leading up to a perfectly told 28 word story I might add), to photo prompts, video montages, to ongoing tales of woe and romance, I have covered pretty much every genre I think possible. And I have enjoyed it immensely. I look forward to seeing more entries pop up on my feed in the coming months (years?) and continue to watch us all grow accordingly as people and writers.

And now the hard part … What to do now that April is over and my blogging path is no longer set out alphabetically? I still have no idea what kind of blog mine is going to be. Will it be purely travel-related? Will it be as cavernous and moody as my mind? Will it see plenty of blank weeks before I post again? I’m on a good roll, I don’t want that to stop. So, I have a few ideas of my own of course, but here’s where things are going to get interactive again. You, my fellow bloggers and wonderful people, are going to help me. You, yes you. Even you over there in the corner. I am asking for advice, some guidance, and relying on your expertise to help me turn a blogging corner. So here goes …

My fellow bloggers, do you know of any monthly/weekly/daily challenges on WordPress or beyond that can keep my motivation for blogging going? If you, I would be grateful if you could leave them in the comments.

I have been toying with the idea of answering a question once a week, or writing from a prompt I am given by one of you. I would post an entry on Friday, to which you would pose your question or a prompt, and then I would publish my response the next Friday and the process would start again. I have thought about doing this for a while as I think we should all encourage each other as much as we can. I’d publish something done by any of you on my site as well – ensuring you get exposure to my mum and the several other people who follow me who might not follow you. Not very Earth-shattering I know, but just how I roll over here in Penguin land.

There it is: my latest blogging conundrum. Wanting to write but needing a push to do so at times (wait, that isn’t new at all). Perhaps this time it won’t seem as permanent though.

Once again, thank you all for ensuring my A to Z Challenge was success. I couldn’t have done it without you.



25 thoughts on “Giving Thanks and Moving On

  1. Gladly enjoyed your A to Z challenge! If you’re looking for more inspiration to write regularly, then perhaps you can follow the “Daily Post” challenge on WordPress; it gives you a word and you write something related to it. Might help! Can’t wait to read more of your posts soon. 🙂

  2. The Daily Post is a great option. Daily word prompts and weekly photo challenges both might inspire you:
    And the Fun Foto or B&W photo challenges from Cee:
    But I really like your idea of getting a prompt or question (or maybe even a photo prompt?) from your readers and writing something, fact or fiction, about that.
    Hmm what else? Leave it with me, I like problem solving lol. Good to have you back, I missed your writing.

    • I think I follow Cee already so that is good. Thanks for the other suggestions as well. I shall leave it in your capable hands

  3. How about a prompt or a word from a movie, or book, and you write a story around the word. Do you think that would work, you have written some great short stories, creepy as well.Whatever you decide to write it will be awesome. looking forward to the next twenty six or more blogs or stories,
    and to read other people’s blogs as well.Well done all of you,I am in awe.

    • April went too quickly but it will be okay. I think I’ll survive May as well. Thank you for the links you have provided. I will definitely look at these though. I may just survive this blogging experience after all.

  4. It was great to meet you Geraint! Looking forward to more posts and pictures from you. For more motivation, you could try the WP Daily Post. Or today the Story ADay started…I’m keeping the prompts to spring ideas for a rainyday. Friday Fictioneers…

    • It was lovely to meet you too. Thank you for the info on the prompts as well. You might just see me trying my hand at Fiction again.

  5. I never knew WordPress had a Daily Prompts page, now I have somewhere to go for inspiration when I have none of my own (which as far as my blog is concerned is quite a lot). 😀 Writing fiction is way easier than trying to come up with blog post ideas. For writing prompts, I just go to Pinterest, there are lots of great prompts on there. Hopefully we will both find the inspiration we need to keep the momentum going!

    • I hadn’t thought of using Pinterest at all. There seems to be a lot out there to help combat writer’s block – ball is in our court now

  6. I have truly enjoyed your story-telling. Your humor shines through and is such a welcome thing. 🙂

    I am blushing at the shout-out. Thank you! I am honored that you followed my blog! 🙂

    There are so many word-prompts and writing challenges throughout the blogoshphere. WordPress has some, you can look for something called Stream of Consciousness prompt, Pinterest has a lot of blogging prompts too, amazingly enough. I found one on gratitude that I’ve been thinking about doing myself.

    I do know that in November, the “nano” stuff gets going. NaBloPoMo – National Blog Post Month. No alphabet, just a post a day. There is a group, we call ourselves the Peppers, because one of the bloggers hosting a challenge thought that NaBloPoMo was too much a mouthful and said it sounded like Poblano. Hence, The Peppers. 🙂 So that covers your November blogging! 😀 Maybe you will join this year!

    • You are welcome for the shout out. Don’t know if I’m cool enough to be a pepper but I might see you there. I’ll definitely try out the link and check it out. And thank you for the kind words.

  7. I was so busy writing a novel while letting my (scheduled ahead) unschooling posts go up each day, and helping my Accomplice with his business, and doing things with the kids who won’t be that much longer, and upgrading my laptop and phone and passing on the old ones that I didn’t do nearly as many visits as I intended…but it was great to see your name pop up on my likes here and there…I hadn’t heard from you in long enough that I was starting to worry (occupational hazard of Mom-ness – yes, I can worry over people my own age as though they couldn’t fend for themselves if I didn’t).

    I love StoryADay May. You can find it here:

    There’s also the Kindness Challenge:

    I’m sure there are dozens of others, but I still have stories to plot for today, and two novels left to finish, and I suppose I should sleep, at some point….

    Whatever you decide, I’ll stop by here and there to partake. You have been missed, and so has that dapper little guy on the left!

    • So nice of you to stop by again. I have missed blogging so it has felt good to be back. Thank you for the links, and the very kind words.
      I do not think I could cope with all of your demands. Well done you for doing any writing at all.
      I think me neither dapper guy will be staying around now

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