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Happy 3rd Birthday, WBO!

Today marks three years since I started this blogging adventure, and my relationship with it has grown quite complex.  Many bloggers fall into one of two categories: those who start with gusto, posting every day for a month before disappearing forever, or those who truly have it together, and post consistenly at least twice a week for years on end. 

I fall somewhere in the middle.  I don’t post every day, but I don’t leave it to collect dust for months either.  I have found great joy in writing here and sharing the absurdities of life that are important to me.  But, let’s be frank, this is not without effort.  Regular blogging isn’t for the casual journaler, and no one realizes this until they’ve been doing it for a year and they’ve run out of things to say.  THEN the work begins.

The tricky little catch-22 about blogging is that it’s a hobby, but it’s a hobby that involves other people.  Most hobbies are done alone, with knitting needles or scrapbooks or music as the only audience noting how often you participate in your hobby.  But with blogging, you are inviting other people to enjoy your hobby alongside you, and when you don’t, they get angry.

That’s the pain point — we bloggers love nothing more than having faithful readers, but it’s those same readers who crack the whip when I’m being lazy…which is often.  “Do you know it’s been two weeks?” they ask.  Yes, yes, I have felt every one of those fourteen days, I reply.  But I am not making time for it or I don’t have a topic or I’m just being lazy!  And they look at me like, ugh, pull it together.

Which, I’ll add, they have every right to do.  And I’m grateful, and that’s why I’m keeping at it.  I love this work, and I love my readers, and I love when they crack the whip.  So thank you, dear reader, for reading and for coming back for more.

Here’s to the next three years!

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Giveaway Winner!

As promised, Just Milled did a blind drawing of all of last week’s giveaway entrants and the winner of the boxed set of custom cards is…Kimberly Rampersand! 

Congratulations, Kimberly (and be sure to check your email for follow-up instructions so we can get the cards mailed to you)!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway, and special thanks to Just Milled for sponsoring this event!

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Giveaway Day!

I am pleased to announce Wordsbecomeone’s first giveaway!

In case you haven’t had the pleasure of working with this incredible graphic design studio, Just Milled is a locally owned creator of custom wedding and event invitations and one-of-a-kind thank you cards.  They also specialize in branding for businesses, logo-creation and marketing materials.  Having worked with them myself, I can say with certainty that their work is second-to-none (disclosure: I wasn’t given any perks for hosting this giveaway).

To introduce their debut collection of notecards, Just Milled is giving away a mixed boxed set of 10 cards.  The winner can choose 10 matching cards, 10 different cards, five pairs of cards, or whatever mix he or she desires.   The cards are hand-cut and folded, printed on lightly textured 100% cotton paper from the finest paper maker, Crane & Co.  The cards come in a sleek clear box and will be shipped directly to the winner!

The winner may also select two personalized greetings, like “Happy Birthday.”  The total value of the giveaway (postage included) with the box and two personalized greetings is $23.00.

How to Enter:

1) “Like” the Just Milled page on Facebook:  facebook.com/justmilled.

2) Once you’re a fan on Facebook, leave a comment on this blog naming your favorite card (you can find the names of the cards on the Just Milled Facebook page in the album with a photo of each card).

We will do a blind drawing to determine the winner.  The giveaway is open until 12PM PST Friday, 4/6 and the winner will be announced on this blog (I’ll also email the winner).

Good luck, and thank you to Just Milled for sponsoring this giveaway!

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