To those of you who might be interested in what's going on with Meanderings and Muses.
Not really all that much.
M&M is not going anywhere.
It's just going to be different.
Beginning next year there won't be the same structure, no guests booked a year in advance.
I hope for it to have a little more spontaneity. Some of you may hear from me out of the blue saying "Want to blog at M&M next month?" I hope this will work for some of you, but I will certainly understand if it doesn't.
I'm not judging the success of Meanderings and Muses by the number of comments left, but I have felt badly for my guests when there weren't any. Today, however, I am feeling much better about it. From what the majority of you have written to tell me, the comments, or lack of, haven't been the concern to you I assumed it was. Shame on me for the assumption! I should have known that we're all going about our blog reading pretty much the same way - reading, enjoying and not really concerned with always leaving a comment.
I do want to assure all of you who have been guests, the number of hits we receive is a number I'm quite proud of.
While the lowest number of hits has been a paltry 15, the highest number per day has been 7,000. I can live with that. That was for a photo. Most of the posts do receive a number that I think you would all be pleased with. And from the stat reports, your fans continue hitting your past posts long after the original posting date. I find that to be very cool.
Blogs truly are a mystery with what attracts people, at least to me.
So, while I hope the essence of Meanderings and Muses will always remain the same, the content will continue to change and evolve - although not a whole lot.
The number of guests will be fewer, at least for a while.
While I'm working on my own novel, that's where I'll be concentrating my time.
Which means I won't have the time to continue M&M the same way I have in the past. It's been a huge commitment of time - time given with love. And if I can't give M&M guests the time and energy it takes to continue presenting them as well as I have attempted to do in the past, I'd rather cut back. But only until I'm able to present everyone with the same high standards they were introduced to when I first started Meanderings and Muses.
What you'll see more of here next year will probably be things I'd like to share with you about me, my writing, Donald, Harley and our life in Boone. Along with my photos - which is something I'm really enjoying. And some more pieces like the "Celebraton of the Color Pink" just 'cause it's fun, along with pictures, cartoons and articles I might run across that interest and intrique me.
I hope to have some more Sissyfriss Sockmonkey and LouLou Skiptoo stories. (They've been feeling pretty neglected and I need to fix that).
You'll see some rants (of course!), and some silliness (absolutely!).
Some books I'll want to rave about and share with you.
And some books I'll want to give away (I haven't done that in a long time either!).
I love surprises, and hope to be able to have some of those here in the way of suprise guest posts. I think that would be fun.
And if any of you have a particular topic you want to introduce for us to chat about, suggestions, or whatever, don't hesitate to let me know.
And - I've done something I probably should have done a long time ago. I've disabled the word verification feature. I'd rather spend a little time deleting spammers and robo-posts than feel as though some of you might have had something you wanted to say but were having to fight with that annoying feature in order to do so. If you do not want to comment, that's fine with me, but if you want to I don't want you to have to fight to do it. Life's full of fights of all sorts without having to deal with it in a blog too. Lord a Mercy. Save us, please, from one more unnecessary energy sapping obstacle to fight our way through.
Finally, to each of you - Thank You for your support, and the kindnesses you continually show me. You grace my life and I am grateful.