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29…And Counting!

No, it’s not my wannabe age!  It’s the 29th day of a 30-day blogging challenge, sponsored by my friend and mentor, Connie Ragen Green.  Here’s my summary:

1.  I love a challenge – Anyone who knows me would  have bet money on it that I’d accept the challenge and complete it to the best of my ability.  Had I not been able to complete it, I would have been disappointed, but I wouldn’t have held it against myself.

2.  The best part has been the new friends – Making some new online friends has by far surpassed the personal satisfaction of completing the 30-day challenge.  I can accept a challenge any time one is put before me, but friends are priceless.  I have new friends with whom I communicate on three different continents.  Some, I know I will meet in person one day, although I don’t know how or when.

3.  Writing everyday is now a habit – I may not write every single day in the future, but not a day will go by that I don’t start rolling ideas around in my head first thing in the morning for the next story, article or blog post.  Each of us who write regularly have our own system; for me, I usually write very late at night for the next day’s post.  I usually post it a little after midnight, and I’m always surprised at the other night owls who comment or tweet about it almost before I’ve shut down my laptop.  In fact, today is the first day of the challenge that I’ve actually waited until the day is more than half over to write.  I’ve had guests in from out of the country, and I was so exhausted last night, I fell asleep before midnight, which is very rare for me.  They left early this morning, and I can’t wait to get some stories out to you about the visit.  It was surreal.  (Hint:  I had an Eskimo in my pool.  But that will have to wait…)

4.  I’m so grateful – for every tweet and every comment that you have graced me with in this past 30 days.  I only hope I was half as gracious to you in return, though I doubt it.  I promise to try to make it up to you.

Here’s to continued blogging fun and long-lasting friendships!