This year with Mary Engelbreit has been a journey of discovery and a challenge to fill my days with the sweetness of life. The guidance provided by each illustration and thought in ME’s “Life is Sweet” page a day calendar of 2012 has helped me find my writer’s voice. Though this is the Princess’ last entry I find I have more to say and the discipline this commitment required has given me the tools I need to tr y my pen at other projects.
Some of you read along with me throughout the year, some jumped in and out, and others more recently discovered the Princess Speaks I am grateful for the motivation your following gave me and humbled by the 305 comments made by my biggest fan. (You know who you are)
Being awarded the Versatile Blogger Award was an honor, one also earned by my own favorite blogs. Through this experience I virtually met the creative authors of, “The Detailed House,” “The Daily Graff Photo blog”, “Girl on the Contrary”, and the “Jotter’s Joint.” A special thanks to Leslie Carter, who was generous with her thumbs ups. With a piece to write most days I did not have enough time to browse and follow the many more fascinating blogs hosted on Word Press. It will be a pleasure to discover others.
Though I an amazed that I was able to navigate the web enough to start a web-page in WordPress, I know that my lack of technical skill in reaching out through social networks, inability to figure out RSS and such has been disappointing. SEO’s continue to evade me and GoDaddy is still just a thing I might say to my Dad.
I became addicted to the stats on the dashboard. But the chart that I loved the most is the one that locates countries from which Princess readers hail. As of today there are 66 countries that know a little bit about the Princess. I am intrigued about who the readers may be and what someone in the Congo would find relatable in what I had to say. I will never know them but I am grateful for those connections.
To the fifty-one constant followers, I thank you for your attention and interest. Maybe I would have written this full year of entries if just my family and friends followed me through 2012, but I am thrilled that unrelated others, who are not obligated to read because I will quiz them, spent time with the Princess.
Though I will continue to write for “creativity-portal” and “Baby Boomers.Com” on occasion, I will now apply my writing time blocks to reworking “ The Daughters of End’s Gate” with my coach Naomi Rose, the “Christmas Tale of Emma and Melanie”, The Too Big Pixie” and the novel sized “The Promised Tale”. Look for an ebook from me in the next year. (I’m pretty sure it will be free on Barnes and Noble)
I’m a little worried about what I will do tomorrow, but then after all this time, if you know me at all, you know that I will always find something to worry about. For the next 365 days Mary Engelbreit’s new 2013 page-a-day-calendar will take its place on my desk, but I leave it to her millions of other fans to annotate it.
Many thanks for keeping me company as I worked to realize the ambitious goal I set for myself,
Susan (The Snowyqueen of WordPress)