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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Dear Fellow Nablopomo’ers,

Today we say “adios”. The journey of the last 30 days ends as we reach our destination. Some of us will part ways and never cross paths again. Some of us have widened our network to include many more of our new friends. Some of us have found true gems that will permanently join the favorite list and a glorious friendship will last well into the future.

The Nablopomo was wildly successful for its first annual event, over 2,000 blogs participated. People from across the world joined. With the randomizer and the reviews the web tightened around the participants, creating a special little club. We were the members and only we had the secret decoder rings. We shared our troubles, from fear of miscarriage to injury and illness. We shared our joys, from pregnancy to weddings, love and more. We shared nonsensical ramblings and silly nothings. We shared humor and entertainment. Universally, we shared the passion for blogging.

There are those who blog and those who do not. Trying to explain the joy and the need to blog to a non-blogger is futile. I’m sure many of us experienced that when we panicked and said, “oh no, I can’t miss my blog post today!” and others looked at us as if we were from another planet. What drives us to blog? Do bloggers share some inner need that is only met by blogging? Have we set aside the chains that bind us in our cave and ventured into a world of our own creation? We have embraced the shadows and turned them into our own expressions.

Blogging is: liberating, satisfying, fulfilling, entertaining, educational, cathartic, rebellious, political, stimulating, reactionary, the list goes on.

Blogging allows us to be part of something bigger than ourselves, and at the same time, gives us the ultimate ability to retain our individuality. A blog is a reflection of what you want to share and you control your own presence.

When blogging, a friend is only a click away. I have gained many new friends during the Nablopomo and Fussy has my greatest thanks for creating and supporting this event. I’m not sure what she was expecting, but it was something fun! In the dwindling light we share the lingering questions like: how much traffic will I lose? What will happen to the randomizer? What will Fussy think of next?

It has been my pleasure to participate in this event. I have greatly enjoyed visiting my fellow Nablopomo’ers.

Cheers to you my friends. May the season be joyful, your readers many, and your satisfaction great.

I’ll be seeing you,



Anonymous MontanaJen said...

Terrific idea for the month...I'll have to go read all of the archives that I haven't read yet, and dig up some good reads to add to my list.

Will you continue?

10:48 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Thanks for all your reviews. I loved reading them (quicker than the Evil Randomizer for us impatient folks).

Next year? You bet!

11:23 AM  
Anonymous doahleigh said...

And thank you for all your wonderful insights throughout the month. It was fun wasn't it?

11:32 AM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

It was sooo much fun! I think I will have to continue some kind of blog review... but not something where I'm reviewing 100's a day! :) I'm just not that good! :D

11:57 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

You've done a great job this month! I've enjoyed reading the reviews as a way of finding new blogs, since the Randomizer seemed to cycle through the same small batch over and over.

Woo hoo! What a ride!!!

12:38 PM  
Blogger daisies said...

and thank you for your reviews, your energy and little bits of beautiful writing :)

it has been fun!!


4:09 PM  
Anonymous kerflop said...

Aw, that was like a graduation speech!

5:56 PM  
Blogger e.b. said...

Thank you for your efforts. I really enjoyed your summaries and I know it helped me find great new stuff

6:34 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I have asked the same questions about blogging. At first I started the blog, because I had much to say and no one to say it to. Now, I want to improve my writing. I never thought of myself as a writer and still dont, so I will be visiting you on a regular basis. So thank you NaBloPoMo for giving me Rashenbo.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

I had a great time, and it was a fun challenge :-)

8:19 PM  
Blogger Repressed Librarian said...

Thanks from me for the reviews as well. I enjoyed them.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Bitter Betty said...

Thanks to you and the other reviewers for reading all those damn blogs. I'm tired for ya, and tired for myself because, hell, every damn day? It was a challenge but a fun one. And thanks for stopping by my page.


8:56 PM  
Blogger Snarkattack said...

I think you might have found a writing niche for yourself - blog reviewer! Could be looked upon as a half-decent job in the future methinks.

It's Dec 1st at my end (Australia) and already I'm suffering some sort of weird NaBloPoMo withdrawal...even if it did become harder to post anything of substance towards the end!

Loved your recaps.

9:42 PM  
Blogger My name is Heather said...

Beautifully said. Thank you thank you thank you. For your time and work.


1:27 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I have always blogged for the community. I've been pretty active online for about ten years. The chat rooms of AOL scared me and I eventually found various message boards. Discovering blogging changed how I approached the internets. It was finally personal.

8:37 PM  

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