This month has been challenging for me in terms of blogging. Last year I took part in NaNoWriMo, so I was not writing on WP that much. This time around, however, I decided not to participate, which meant I had no excuse for abandoning my blog. So I did not.
Even though I was prepared for the seasonal change, I think my body and brain could not be deceived. Successfully bamboozling either one simply does not happen. They know better. Change, I feel it in my bones. While I have been trying to keep the seasonal affective disorder at bay, it still showed up once or twice. It was gone before I knew it, but the aftertaste would linger.
A project at work sounded like a great way to flex my writing muscles until my boss turned it into a nightmare. I started hating writing. Blogging became less than enjoyable, and I often felt like skipping a post. No one would notice, anyway. Because of that, I decided to quit blogging for an unspecified while.
Just kidding. I mean, it was all true until the last sentence. No, I am not quitting. Not just yet. And why is that? First of all, I realized that I will not let others make me hate what I love. Not if I can help it. So I decided to take it easy at work and detach as much as I can from the writing project. Ghostwriting without any compensation or acknowledgment is not for me. (No, it is not part of my actual job.)
The second reason why I am still here is the same reason for this whole post – YOU.
Every time I would open WP and see those fantastic comments of yours, my heart melted a little. You have sparked so many ideas in my head. You have supported and motivated me. You have helped me see things from different angles.
Aside from interacting with you on my blog, I enjoyed visiting your sites. It is incredible to see that some of you might be going through similar tribulations and how you handle them.
I might say it every month, but it does not make it less real:
I am so glad to have you be a part of my WP community. You give me joy, you give me strength, you give me inspiration. I so appreciate you and I hope you feel it. Remember that you can always reach out to me here or via my Contact page.
might should know, I have been awarding an award of my own every month of this year since March. I am not sure if I will keep it up next year or not, so you might want to put your best foot forward in December for the potentially last installment of the Brain Stormer Award. Click on the above hyperlink for rules.
The word stormer is defined as “something particularly impressive or good of its kind” in the Oxford Dictionaries.
Some people have asked me: “What do I do with the Brain Stormer Award when I receive it?” The beauty of it is that you do not have to do anything. It is not meant to be like all the other blogging awards. It is just a nod towards you. A gesture of appreciation, if you will. Engaging in conversations is something I like to promote, hence this award. If you want to, you can write a post and brag about the award, but there are no rules, no requirements.
There is always so much fun and wisdom to be found in your comments. You guys are amazing!
We will now break for commercials so that I can review all of the comments made in the month of November. Once we are back, I will announce this month’s winner.
Welcome back! As promised, …
The winner of November’s Stormer Award…
Thank you for every single one of your comments!
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