200th and Another Award

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I’ve passed another blog milestone. This is my 200th post! Can you see the fireworks from where you are? Look up, ahhh! Pretty, that one looked like Saturn; see it?

Don’t be alarmed; I can’t see them either. I wanted fireworks but our imaginations are all we have here. What is the proper blog way to celebrate 200 posts?

I do have one more award to pass along. That is a celebration, but let’s save that for last. Let me finish this 200th post first.

Allow me a 200-post transformation.

When I became unemployed I like so many of you started blogging. Write, read, click, make money; sounded good. HAHA!  Yes, I know heard it a thousand times. I was to be the exception right? Well, do you see anything that would resemble a dollar sign on my blog? (I’m slapping my knee laughing right now.)

Then came the “lets save the world,” part of my transformation. The Haiti earthquake comes to mind but of course I took my jabs at DC too. Why I even wrote letters to Oprah and Mr. Obama; of course they did not comment. I was a mad, loud mouth, white woman without a job, would you comment?

This is when I started to have personal memories return. I began to write about things I felt, things that meant something to me and could actually put into words. Then I wrote a post, not a very well written one but it got 7 comments. I could sense the transformation.

I read a lot of blogs in all shapes, sizes and genres; I was looking for a style. Then I asked myself, “Who are these 7 people and why do they care what I write?” I realized it was because I wrote, not because of some template or style, that they read and commented. The transformation was complete.

It took me 200 hundred posts but I now celebrate the fact that I am “Trying To Get Over The Rainbow.” No one else, it is just me. I have found my voice thanks to you. Through you, my wonderful followers, with all your lovely comments I found strength. You have allowed me to share my stories and applauded them at their end. That transformed into courage, courage I did not have before. In 200 posts I have found, My voice.

So now about that award?

Yvonne over at Welcome to my World of Poetry bestowed this on me last week. Oh that silly woman. Sorry it took me so long to catch up. I must say though, she is the kindest, most uplifting poet I know. Thank you again Yvonne.

So now I must pass it on to:
Karen @ Author Karen Walker A wonderful writer with many lessons to share.
Teresa @ Journaling Woman A very inspirational lady with a new grandson.
Glynis @ Author Blog: Glynis Smy Another lovely write and who is wee bit funny.



I know this week has been full of drivel and awards (which are not drivel) but I promise the stories are coming back. I can feel them and I hope you are still reading.

Happy Wednesday, you are on the hump. I'm going to the pool!


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20 comments:

Journaling Woman said, 

Thank you, dear one, for this award.

Yes, you have found your voice and what a wonderful sound you make in your writing.

Teresa

September 1, 2010 at 7:52 AM  
Rayna M. Iyer said, 

It may have taken you awhile, but you sure have found your voice. Congratulations on the Award, and they are very worthy recipients you have passed them onto.

September 1, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
N. R. Williams said, 

Congratulations on discovering your inspiration and receiving an award. And congratulations to all those you're passing it on to.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

September 1, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Gail said, 

Congratulations on the award, the 200th post and your self-discovery.

September 1, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

Congratulations Jules on your 200th,raise your glass to the next
200.
Have a lovely day.
Yvonne.

September 1, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Clarissa Draper said, 

Wow, 200! That's great. Also, congrats on your award.
CD

September 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Summer Ross said, 

200 posts- yeah I haven't gotten to 100 yet LOL. congrats! Have fun in the pool and I look forward to more of your stories:)

September 1, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

Jules, I am honored. Thank you so much for passing this lovely award on to me. And as for finding your voice - that is no small feat, my friend. Here's to your 200++++++++ posts as you continue on this amazing journey we call writing.
Karen

September 1, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Paula said, 

Congrats in becoming yourself. it is a work in progress yet feeling more onself, more integrated, more oyu is simply wonderful. Hugs across the pond

September 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
a sojourner said, 

congratulations Jules!!!

toasts not only what you've accomplished but to where you're going...

September 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM  
Mary said, 

Since I found your blog I have to read it. I never know what I will find here and I love it.

What do you mean we can't really see the fireworks? Just admit that you all see them. I do. lol

September 1, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said, 

congrats on 200 posts and your award :-)

September 1, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Midlife Jobhunter said, 

Sometimes the stories come--and sometimes they don't. Don't worry. Accepting awards is a worthy post. 200 - I don't think I'll ever get there. Best start writing.

September 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

That's awesome, Jules!
It took me a while to find my voice. I found it was easier if I was just me - just Alex.
And that's a mighty fine award.

September 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
The Words Crafter said, 

I've become much braver in posting and, because of all my lovely followers, I try to vary the types of things I post about. I do try to stay true to myself, venting or pondering as needed. But I also try to participate in group things. It has made me sit up and make an extra effort as far as quality...except when I'm tired, like this week :P Congrats on your milestone and your award!

September 1, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Tammy said, 

Congratulations on the journey and the arrival!

September 1, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Glynis said, 

Thank you for being an Important One and encouraging me. Congratulations and thank you so much for passing it along to me.

A wee bit funny, moi? An odd Brit, a tad crazy and rather strange is my description of me. ☺

September 1, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Ellie said, 

Congrats; It is a big deal, you followed through and pressed onward!
I will post about your award soon...I'm behind. How to celebrate...mmmh, the fireworks are great, but You need another milestone! Write about seeing your first rainbow or how you decided to name your blog this! I love it by the way...working on Wizard of Oz tags for a challenge! (You need skittles...rainbow food lol for your celebration)!
You are finding your path, your voice what works for you! I love your voice, so keep at it xXx

September 1, 2010 at 5:18 PM  
Elliot Grace said, 

200 posts...geez, good for you! I've got some catching up to do:)

September 1, 2010 at 5:47 PM  
arlee bird said, 

Congratulations on the 200th post. You and I have so much in common as far as the unemployment and turning to blogging and all that comes with that. I'll post my reflections as I approach my one year of blogging anniversary. Getting close to my 365th post which will come before the blogoversary since there were a few days when I did more than 1 post.
Anyhow, glad I found your blog and look forrward to the next 100 posts.

Lee
Tossing It Out

September 2, 2010 at 1:19 AM  
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