Monday, May 6, 2013

I Survived


Either later tonight or tomorrow the participant graphic on the side of the blog will be replaced by this one, the survivor graphic, and the 2013 A to Z Challenge will pass into history.

What will remain? While the actual accomplishment of completing the challenge is terrific -- and I am delighted that I did it -- I most pleased about writing regularly. One of the reasons I first started this blog four years ago was to (re)find my voice as a writer. I have been writing as part of my job for over thirty five years. I consider myself a "pen for hire," and I have written for many people's signatures. Sometimes I have written for my own signature, but for the last nineteen years, even my own words have had a corporate voice. I have learned to be edited and I take no offense. But as the years went by I longed to find my own voice again, and have done it in Buttercupland. This year's Challenge kept me writing regularly and the discipline has been a great gift.

I am hopeful, too, that friends will remain. I have discovered some wonderful bloggers and enjoyed widening my circle of blogger friends all over the world. I am especially pleased to have found a group of writers and will be cheering on their writing successes. Thanks to the many bloggers who stopped by and visited and encouraged me throughout the Challenge. It was also fun to share the Challenge with some of my favorite blog buddies. I am very grateful to all who who were part of Blogging from A to Z 2013, especially those who organized this monumental effort.

The other, much less serious item that remains, is ending the post with a thought that includes the letter of the day. I found that a lot of fun, and now that we're finished with the Challenge I miss it. I'm going to go back to one of my favorites and wish everyone...

...an X-traordinary Tuesday!



   

14 comments:

Melinda said...

Congratulations!

Hope to see you more.


M :)

TARYTERRE said...

It was quite a task indeed. Congrats.

Paula said...

You did a wonderful job, too!

Jacquelineand.... said...

You did a wonderful and inspiring job Carol; I hope to see a great deal more penned by you in future.

Theresa said...

Congrats on completing the challenge! I love following along on your journey! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Another Clean Slate said...

Congratulations on finishing the challenge! Will you be back next year??

Dee said...

Congrats! So glad we were neighbors in this challenge. :)

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Carol, thank you for your comments about my post on Sr. Vicky's work in Haiti. I myself am in awe at the work they do! How can you help? Please pray for the sisters there and most certainly for the Haitian people. They are one of the poorest countries in the world. I try to send a little donation when I can but I send it through our foundation office to make sure it gets where its going! Our sisters are helping to support the work of the Sylvania Franciscans both financially and with sisters who will be going on long-term ministry like Sr. Vicky and on shorter volunteer stints.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I admire anyone who takes up a challenge. Congratulations for a job well done.

Grammy Staffy said...

I'm proud of both of us for doing this. Thanks for getting me started. I enjoyed all of your posts as I always have. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

Susie said...

Buttercup, You a great job on the A-Z postings. Hope you are enjoying your spring weather. It's been just about perfect here. Some rain is in our next 2 days forecast...but I am hoping for sunshine:):) xoxo,Susie

Chatty Crone said...

Carol you did it - you made it all the way through. Congrats. sandie

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do hope you continue to be encouraged about your writing. So many friends I've gotten to know stopped or seldom post at all on their blogs anymore. I miss them and I'd miss you too if you didn't. Hope your Tuesday was Xtra ordinary...have a great evening.

A month of....Blog said...

Congrats on finishing! I'm looking forward to your future posts as I really enjoyed your A - Z's.
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