Are you available for a coffee chat today? Did you find that April ended too quickly and was altogether too busy? Before we start, how would you like your coffee today? It’s hot outside, so I’m going with an iced mocha—nonfat and light ice, please.
For many of my fellow bloggers, April was busy with challenges, like the A to Z Challenge and Writing 101. If we were having coffee I would tell you how much I enjoyed reading the variety of posts reflecting these challenges. I was also very excited to read some of my favorite bloggers’ posts as they tackled these prompts. I also met some “new” bloggers that I am happily following.
I took up the Writing 101 challenge and indeed, I was challenged. I know my limitations and boundaries as a writer of mostly non-fiction, news and feature writing. Some of the prompts were met with raised eyebrows but others inspired me to write about a subject I had been dreading.
The prompt, “Serially Lost” inspired me to write about my dog Oreo, who died of old age, but under circumstances where I was not there to send him to the Rainbow Bridge. This has haunted me all of these four years and writing about it was cathartic and enabled me to accept what happened and celebrate my sweet dog’s life. Yes, his days ended, but his memory endures.
If we were having coffee, I would ask you if you felt you had accomplished April’s tasks and challenges. We celebrated Easter and Hanukkah and enjoyed Spring breaks. Many of you were elated that Spring finally sprung and celebrated with photos of glorious flowers, tulips, poppies and hints of outdoor leisure activities to come.
Like some of you, I also joined Facebook’s Ultimate Blog Challenge for the month of April, which just ended. The challenge was to share one post a day for 30 days. Here I also found some new blogs to follow and gained some new followers.
Speaking of followers, my blog is on the verge of gaining 500 followers. My philosophy is “follow my blog and I will follow yours back!” For this milestone I have a cool surprise planned. So stay tuned.
I hope you enjoyed this coffee chat as much as I did today. Even as the 30 days of April and all its activities have come to an end, May promises to be full of potential. Enjoy your week!