Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Blogtoberfest Day #31: WooHOO!
This cheeky self-portrat my husband took during our recent holiday in Germany somehow encapsulates how I'm feeling today.
Or, in other words: wooHOO!
We did it, my friends! We made it to day 31 of Blogtoberfest12. All 334 of us!
And, yes, that means YOU. You who blogged every single day. You who blogged once on 1 October and never made it back to your computer. You who started off with the best of intentions but then life got in your way. You who blogged intermittently, when life got out of your way. You who started a blog just so you could participate. You who tweeted and retweeted, and posted the occasional photo on instagram.
You made the experience what it was and I am quite honestly grateful for every single one you.
Thank YOU. For your enthusiasm, for your faith, for your willingness to show up and try something different and not do it perfectly. This, for me, is what Blogtoberfest is all about.
I could not have done any of this without Cam, whose beautiful blog button somehow encapsulates the whole Blogtoberfest12 experience for me: bright and moving. Thank you also for setting up the sign-up linky and providing a home base for 55 gorgeous giveaways.
I am also indebted to my 12 guest posters: Cherie, Paula, Alana, Fiona, Samara, Julie, Lee, Jennifer, Car, Monica, Anthea and Cathy. Thank you all so much for making Blogtoberfest12 a more global event (spanning five countries and three continents!) and bringing a whole lot of inspiration and insight to our community.
At some point very soon, I will be compiling all the posts that appeared on this blog during the month of Blogtober into a list with links, so that you can revisit the Blogtoberfest12 experience at any time.
So at this point you may be wondering: what's next?
Well, after you have given yourself permission to take a well-earned blogging break (and see if you can include a cup of tea, a great novel, a bubble bath, some dark chocolate and a massage/facial/mani/pedi in there!!) then there are a couple of opportunities coming up to reconnect.
Tomorrow on 1 November, my creative coach and Blogtoberfest12 guest blogger, Fiona (along with her husband Kaspalita) is hosting the inaugural Mindful Writing Day. All you need to do to be a part of it is blog, tweet or post to facebook a "small stone". Be sure to check out the sign-up details here. I know I'll be there, and look forward to sharing my small stone with you as well as savouring yours.
I will also be hosting #reverb here in December 2012. Like Blogtoberfest, #reverb invites you to blog every day, but the experience is a little gentler and more introspective. I'll be updating the details during the next few weeks, and will be sure to stop by the blogs of everyone who participated in Blogtoberfest12 to invite them personally to participate.
Until then, I am signing out and logging off and diving back in to my deranged de-cluttering project! Is is just me or does it really feel like it is the end of an era: that important things are coming to and end, and it's time to make way and open up for new things to begin?
Bisous to you during this powerful and poignant time.