If you’ll excuse me, I’m just gonna cartwheel and whoop and holler and throw glitter for a bit, because NEXT WEEK IS OUR 100th WEEK OF RUNNING! Are you coated in *twinklysparklygoodness* yet?
Awesome. Let’s continue.
SO, we promised you a PARTY (we’re definitely having one) and we promised you PRIZES (and there are going to be an abundance of them). I’m about to announce an impromptu COMPETITION (which no-one knows about yet, and I may or may not be making it up as I go along, but hey, let’s roll with it) and it’s all going to be AN INCREDIBLY HUGE AMOUNT OF FUN!
And the theme is going to be SHOW US YOUR BOX (hey, our 50th theme was ‘Naked with Cake’ – I’m *sure* we can get away with this, right?) and the point is that we collect our thankfuls into one place each week and ‘box’ them up prettily in writing and share them around like delightful gifts we all get to enjoy.
The PRIZES will be box-related; in fact, each co-host is going to collect a REAL LIVE BOX full of lovely things from around their house, and when you enter your links next week, you’ll go into the prize draw to receive one of those Real Boxes SENT TO YOU IN THE POST!
Make sure you’re here, and tell all your friends. And if we get 100 people into the link-up, there’s going to be a SUPER MEGA PRIZE DRAW, and one lucky person will win something EPIC (and not even my co-hosts know about this one, so they count amongst the entrants for the purposes of this game).
I’m awed that we’re nearly at 100 weeks! When we first started I wasn’t even sure we’d make it to five, but you lovely people who have been engaged from the beginning and entering into the spirit of things as you’ve joined up all the way through, are the ones who have made this hop, and this community, what it is, so THANK YOU!
We couldn’t have done it without you.
Each week you come here and you write and engage and share the beautiful things, the challenging things, the things you’d rather hadn’t happened, and the things you wish could happen every day.
You visit each other and nurture friendships, devolving comment threads into conversations and competing to be FRIST on any new post.
You’ve formed bonds which extend beyond the hop, and play out in the rest of Online (and in some cases, In Real), and you look out for one another, think of and encourage one another, and find ways to play nicely together in this world between the wires.
I don’t think you’ve ever, ever, ever brought any drama (thank you!).
You look after each other when you’re sad, and you always, always find kind and gentle things to say, to try to make it a tiny bit better, even if your input can’t effect the change you wish it could.
You are a WORLDWIDE bunch, and utterly without prejudice, and FULL of character, and such, such fun.
You encompass all manner of bloggers, from musicians to photographers to list-writers to poets to storytellers, and every single one of you has important things to say each week, and you say them, wonderfully.
You keep coming back, realising the value in this discipline – that looking around and taking stock of life and being grateful plays a HUGE part in emotional wellbeing.
You’ve developed into a glorious, somewhat amorphic community, where everyone is made welcome, and you greet people and include them whether it’s their first time playing along, or their 99th, or they only make it in every so often.
You are fabulous, and I don’t know whether I’m proud or humbled or astonished or just thrilled to pieces to be part of this blog hop each weekend.
I’ve a feeling that as with everything in life; I’m a mixture, and I love that.
Thank you, x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10.