I would like to take a moment to thank EVERYONE who helped me over the last few months.
Compassion and bullying are such important topics and I hope it continues to be in the forefront of all our minds. I truly am honored I was allowed to share your voices here. I still have a few guests who will post once the pieces are finished and submitted.
Each post was printed out and put into a binder to be used in an ongoing discussion with my daughter. At some point I may want permission to gather the posts in an anthology where we can share some of our discussions, including how the posts helped us; maybe in a workbook format. If you did a post for me shoot me an email if you would be interested in being included firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been sitting here thinking about this blog and how I have broken so many of the blogging rules. I don’t have a concise theme; it isn’t strictly poetry, or reviews, or educational. I am grammatically horrendous and too often have no idea where the comma is really supposed to go. I have yet to master the art of proofing and I am not the sharpest, funniest, or most clever blogger in this neck of the woods. And yet… you are still here with me.
I am THANKFUL.
Several years ago, I began this blog simply to purge. I was too embarrassed to share things I wrote with friends in my day to day life and even more terrified they would see too deeply into my thoughts. The few times I did share my poetry I was laughed at and told my poetry was goofy or there was complete indifference. Indifference was worse. I stopped writing.
I stopped writing until I started this blog.
In the beginning I wrote small posts I didn’t call poetry because to me they were just thoughts. I believed poets were people I had learned about in school, geniuses with metaphors, rhymes, or rhythm. Poets were master weavers of words. Except I was wrong. I learned we are ALL poets. All of us. And my blog changed.
I wanted to share the joy of poetry with everyone so I created the poetic duets. So many people who had never written a poem before went on to have huge poetry blogs themselves after we wrote some duets together. I have so many fond memories of most of my duet partners. I met so many extremely talented people and I wanted to share them here.
The category BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE COOL was born. It is the place I share my friends, who they are and what they are doing. I started really feeling the community aspect of blogging and my friendships grew deeper. Now I have a place right here I will always be able to look back on and remember these cool people. And then I noticed people where really reading, and engaging here and I slowly I realized I had a voice.
I wanted to say something important. Actually that isn’t completely correct. I wanted my blog to be more than just me I wanted this place to be a place of love, compassion, of trying and trying harder.
My blog may not fit a mold and it will never be a source of income. My blog is me… a reflection of my beliefs, my community and it is my support system. BUT this blog is also you and your support system. So I guess the purpose of this post is to say…
THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF MY VILLAGE AND ALLOWING ME TO BE PART OF YOURS