Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A to Z Reflections

I've taken a little over a week off from blogging.  That used to be my norm, but after April, in which I blogged 26 out of 30 days, a week off feels like I've almost abandoned it.  What have I been doing with myself?  Some reading, some house project planning, and watching a lot of Mad Men.  

The A to Z challenge was a lot of fun, and I think it delivered on the promises of the hosts.  I "met" a lot of new people, I think I've learned to be a better blogger, and I most definitely have become a better follower of blogs.  I love to leave comments now, where before I might have been a little hesitant, worried that they weren't pertinent, or that they didn't say anything new.  Now that I've posted more, I realize that even a simple "Love it!" shows that someone has actually taken the time to read your words, and felt enough to let you know.

I am most inspired by the sincerity and passion of some of the new bloggers I've found.  There are people out there who can just write, and write well.  I would read their descriptions of sorting the recycling, if that's what they were posting.  It made me realize that the subject of a post can be anything, if it's written with clarity and honesty.  There are people out there who are making their dreams a reality, who have found their passion and are actively pursuing it.  This blows me away.  Not only am I still trying to find my passion, but I also have a history of letting anxiety get the better of me.  Thank you to all of you who aren't letting it get to you, or at least not letting it win.


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  1. That's the thing that impressed me most, too: the passion that so many bloggers have for the things they write about. I found that passion so inspiring, and like you, I would read just about anything those bloggers wrote.

    I enjoyed your posts and looked forward to them every day. Glad to see you back!

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    1. Thanks, Dana. I've loved reading your blog, during A to Z and I love the May theme that you are doing now.

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  2. A really awesome experience. So glad you did it, and got so much out of it. I'm too addicted to Mad Men! I can't say I would want to live back then, but the "glamour" of it all is fun to watch. I think I'm finally caught up on it...we'll chat.

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    1. I am missing the current season. I think I watched all four seasons on Netflix in an embarrassingly short time. That kind of immersion can be dangerous.

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  3. frankly, i enjoy reading your blog! so much so that i chose your 'tea and toast' post as one of my top 26. and, i've also enjoyed reading your comments on my post! :D

    lovely reflection post! :D

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    1. Thanks so much! I've loved reading your blog as well. You've inspired me to try to review books I've read, or at least try to put into words how I feel about them.

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  4. Well said. Glad to have "met" you!

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  5. I'm leaving more comments now, too, and trying to keep up with all the new posts. And Mad Men on Netflix, too :-)

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    1. I've been so impressed by bloggers who respond to comments, something I'm trying to put into practice now too.

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  6. Awesome reminiscence post, Janna! It was wonderful to find you, too!

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    1. Thanks Guilie. I've absolutely loved visiting your blog!

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  7. Like you, I took off a week to do some reading and figure out some household projects. Now I'm trying to figure out a schedule, not just for blogging, but for everything else I want to do.

    Ellie

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    1. I've gone ahead and made a list of everything I think I want to do. The scheduling part is where I'm hung up. Ideas are never a problem for me, but implementation gets me every time.

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  8. That was a great reflection post Janna. I hope your passion finds you, and when it does that you recognize it and jump headfirst into the winds of change!

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  9. I also have taken a long break from blogging after the intensity of April. I am looking forward to getting back to a semi-regular routine of it. I enjoyed your blogs and will continue to check-in with you.

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  10. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. During the challenge I didn't visit as many blogs as I would like to but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with the reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

    Evalina, This and that...

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