Art is everywhere
We all know that being creative is challenging… especially when it involves trying to make a living on that creativity. But there are good things about being writers and creators to be found in so many places. I took this photo tonight across the state-mandated ‘wet land’ the developers had to provide for drainage between our local Walmart and Lowes stores. It’s a bit of an environmental wreck, filled with litter, but… somehow in this waning sunlight, it was beautiful.
Our stories are like that too. Sometimes we get caught on the flaws and miss the magic of the words we’ve written until just the right light shines through. Then suddenly, we know we’ve got something good. It may need some work… but we’ve got this.
When was the moment you first realized you had something? Tell us about it… and let us know how you’re doing on those goals. Just follow the little blue froggie to the linky:
I don’t know why, but when I saw this lovely hiding out in the media directory, I just had to post it. Kait had some cool banners that almost never got used. Does anyone have a favorite? Would anyone like to design or add new ones to our challenge pages? Creativity doesn’t just come in words.
And speaking of creative… how are you all doing with your goals? Making progress? discoveries? a mess?
Let your fellow ROWers know so we can cheer you on, hold your hand… and just generally be there for you.
I didn’t post yesterday (though I probably should have scheduled this for last night) because, as always, our new Round of Words starts on Monday, not on a Sunday. We are now officially into Round 2, and our first check-ins (official… I know some people have posted check-ins anyway) will be Wednesday.
If you haven’t set our your goals for this coming round, there is still time to post them at the linky at the bottom of our goals post.
Until Wednesday then… write well.Oh, and as a quick “Thank you” (and if you’re interested in more challenges) check out Lindsay Lovin’ Life who kindly added the ROW80 into her list of 17 Blog Challenges to Try in 2017.
Well, I miscounted it seems. I thought today would be the last check-in of Round 1, but it’s not. We have 8 more days to go. (At least, the grand “X Days to Go” counter on the sidebar seems to be working right.)
The good news is that gives you an extra week to plan your goals for Round 2!
Until then… just give us your progress at the froggie:
Welcome to another weekly check-in… somewhat late yet again. I’m still trying to figure out all the tweaks our ROW80 creator (the delightful Kait Nolan) made to the site when she was preparing to close down the blog half of the ROund of Words for good.
So many of these tweaks are just little things, like the “Join the Challenge” tag in the bar above us that tosses everyone right into the Facebook Group, even if they aren’t Facebook fans… It’s not a big thing, so much as a bit of an “I don’t usually think of it” sort of thing. So… a smallish request, if you would.
Please let me know in the comments below if you try a link and it works oddly. Or if you just can’t find the information you’re looking for…
This is your ROW80 too.
And, given that… lets tell us how you all are doing:
Oh! and a bit of a FYI since this (possibly temporary) linky setup seems to have confused a few people, here’s how you do it:
- add your blog URL
- add your name
- add your email (this is not published)
- click “Enter your link”
- done… unless you want to use the Tweet/FB feature
And there! Have an awesome Writer’s Week!
You may not remember me. My name is Eden Mabee, and I’ve been a part of the ROW80 for a few years now. It’s a great place for supporting ourselves and our fellow writers, a place for sharing accountability and friendship.
Some of you remember when A Round of Words in 80 Days ran solely in the blogosphere. Some of you, like me, remember it as a more malleable creature that mostly lived in blogs, but also had a good showing in our Facebook group. And some might remember when we packed our bags to move into Facebook “for good”.
But… it wasn’t all “good”. Whenever there is a big move, things can get left behind, and some of those things are hard to replace. Some of those “things left behind” were members. These members, who aren’t comfortable with Facebook and its policies or were people who loved Facebook too much (like myself) and knew they needed to dole out their time there….
The change hasn’t been all bad. The Facebook page is gaining ground. We’ve proven we are a community that stays together and finds ways to “Make It Work”. This effort on my part is to transport of those lost treasures back into our community space.
Hope you ‘ll come along for the ride. If you do… here’s the new linky for this week. 😀
So y’all, let’s have a little talk. I started ROW80 back in 2010 (!!!) because I wanted a writing challenge that was more flexible than National Novel Writing Month. I felt like it was important to give writers a place where they could get that kind of support but set goals that work for their lives. From that standpoint, ROW80 has been, I think, a huge success. We’ve developed a great little community here–and that’s the thing. We are a COMMUNITY. Communities are (or should be) inherently SOCIAL.
The original incarnation of ROW80 was blog-based because that’s how the other non NaNo challenges I’d participated in were set up–and also because I was a super active blogger back then. But the world has changed. Where those first years, we averaged 40-50k visitors over the course of a year, we now are going to be hitting less than 20k. There’s been an enormous drop in traffic to the site because blogs just aren’t how people tend to do things these days. I’ve maintained the site and the linkies (not free) all these years and coordinated sponsors every round, and over the last couple of years it’s just gotten harder to do as I’ve had more and more on my professional plate. I didn’t even manage to recruit enough sponsors for Round 3, so some of these kind, awesome people have been pinch hitting and doing double duty.
ROW80 is not going away. But it is going to change. I have made the decision to put the blog in stasis. Well, it’s not going anywhere, because there are a lot of awesome inspirational posts here, but it’s not going to be the focal point of the challenge. Instead, we’re moving things TO OUR FACEBOOK GROUP. It’s just flat EASIER to post your updates there and get comments. And it makes for more of a community-oriented focus than the way we’ve done things up to now. There will be those who complain “Oh, but I’m not on Facebook!” just as there were those who argued “Oh, but I don’t have a blog!” I’ll say the same thing now as I said then: My challenge, my rules. This is a FREE support group maintained by me and it is your choice whether to participate or not. It costs you nothing to create a Facebook account, just as it cost you nothing to create a blog for the original version of the challenge.
I want to open the doors for everybody to post inspiring things there. Memes, articles, whatever. Not only because it relieves the burden of me needing to recruit sponsors, but also because it’s YOUR community and I think you have lots of valuable things to share.
So for the start of Round 4 (October 3, 2016), we are officially moving to Facebook!
Your fearless leader,