However, my word of the year is CONFIDENCE, so I decided to jump in headfirst.
To my surprise, the link up has been a huge success!! We have averaged about ten "linkers" each week with a total of 75 posts being linked up over the past seven weeks. I have received emails and comments from bloggers telling me how much they are enjoying the challenge and how it really has helped to inspire their writing. The posts have all been lovely and unique. Every week I have been impressed with the writing and a little shocked by the word(s) everyone chose.
Last week, as we realized we were quickly approaching the end of the challenge, some of the most loyal One Word participants asked (or kind of begged) me to consider keeping the challenge going. I even had a few new people to ask me about joining it on Facebook. Telling them it was almost over was disheartening. Hosting a challenge is a considerable amount of work, though. While I love the challenge, I was looking forward to a reprieve from the obligation of it. But, the requests kept coming and I felt like I was letting everyone down.
You see, a big part of blogging is building a community; a network of supporters, readers, and online friends. In just the first six weeks of the challenge, that had happened. There were some who linked up every week. We all found new blogs to read and, thus, new virtual friends. We were coming together from all over the world (seriously - Hi Charlene!) every Wednesday/Thursday and sharing our lives with one another.
How could I let that end??
Well, I couldn't!
So what's the big announcement? Drum roll, please . . . . .
The One Word Challenge will continue as the One Word Weekly Linkup!! Fortunately, Janine of Confessions of a Mommyholic and Marcia of Blogitudes have agreed to be my co-hosts because sharing the load always makes it easier (and more fun!). Moving forward, the weekly linkup will work much like the challenge has worked.
- Subscribers will receive TWO words via email every Friday. (If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do so by clicking HERE.)
- The choices will also be shared in the Facebook group.
- Simply choose one of the words, let it inspire you, write a post, and link it up!
- You can link up on any of the three host blogs and the linkup will be open from 6:00am EST on Wednesday-9:00pm EST on Thursday.
- We will start seamlessly next week - emails will go out this Friday and the first weekly linkup will be live at 6:00am on March 4th.
If you have been a One Word linker-upper, thank you for joining the challenge! I hope you have enjoyed it and I hope you will continue with us.
If you haven't linked up, you should consider it! We would welcome you with open arms. If not, that's o.k., too. Thanks for reading and commenting.
The One Word Linkup will probably not last forever, but it will continue for now and I am very excited about that!
This was my final post of the 8 week One Word Blog Challenge. This week's word choices were Begin, Surprise, and Forever.