Weekly Blog May 17th, 2020: Celebrating 500/Blog Hiatus

Hello Internet!

We made it! We hit some bumps along the road, but we made it. I just published my 500th piece here on Word Press! Wooh! It’s all thanks to all you wonderful people that I continue to write and publish stuff on Word Press. Like I would probably still be writing even if nobody read my stuff, but the fact that people all over the world are reading the stuff I write and publish as I have reached this milestone, is just amazing! So thank you readers new and old! Thank you for your support. Now this Weekly Blog isn’t just going to be about the past. I’m going to talk a little bit about the future of the website as well. However; before I get to all of that, I want to quickly talk about the pieces I’ve published most recently.

Two weeks ago, I published a Weekly Blog celebrating The Class of 2020. They had a very unique Senior Year due to the pandemic, and I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate them and their accomplishments. That Wednesday, I published a Poem titled Simple Melody (Haiku). During this crazy time, it sometimes helps me to just take a moment and hum a simple melody to help calm myself down. This Haiku was a pretty popular one which kind of surprised me, so maybe you’ve read it. But if you haven’t, I highly recommend it. Then, on that Friday, I published the latest chapter of my Dungeons and Dragons inspired series, Searching For Riffen Part 2 (D&D). Both this part and the previous chapter, Searching For Riffen (D&D), follow the group as they continue to search for Riffen in Xylon. This leads them to eventually talking to The Emissary of Soulon which is also Riffen’s cousin. The conversation leads to a lot of information about Riffen, his backstory, and his family lineage being revealed to the rest of the party. This past Wednesday, I published a Poem titled “Sunny Thoughts.” This poem was inspired by me spending some time outside in the nice and sunny weather. The time spending time just sitting in the grass and taking in nature really helped me de-stress this week. On Friday, I published an Image Prompt Piece titled “The Legend of the Old Sword” which tells the story of an endless battle against warring nations and how devastating it is to the area. Now an old blade stuck in a pile of stones remains the only relic of a horrible time people try to avoid repeating. Finally, yesterday I published the 500th Piece to the website, titled “Looking For Laura (#500).” This is a continuation of my meta-narrative following a character named Laura who does not have a story of her own. Laura is just a “blank-pagger” working in a bar full of my other characters when two mysterious people show up looking for her so she can finally get her own story. If you haven’t read any of those pieces, I highly recommend you check them out.

Like I’ve mentioned, I just reached a milestone of hitting 500 Published Pieces here on WordPress. I like to make these kind of milestones special with a special published piece and I think Looking For Laura is one of my most unique pieces yet. Setting the world in a meta-universe where the other characters I create all sit around in a bar together is already pretty crazy, but characters fighting against their own story to become some sort of meta-agent is a place I didn’t really know I was going to take it, but I’m excited to see where it goes. It’s just so crazy that way back in January 2017 I was publishing my first few posts here on WordPress and now I’ve surpassed number 500. All the while, I’ve also grown a small community here on WordPress numbering over 500 Followers. I’m very proud of how far I’ve come as a writer and I’m thankful for all the wonderful people here on WordPress that encourage me to continue writing. I really appreciate all the readers new and old who like and comment on the things I publish as well as the lurkers who just read my stuff and support me without saying a thing. All the support I’ve felt on WordPress has been immense and uplifting. So thank you all so much for sticking with me and reading my stuff. Hopefully you enjoy it and have fun participating in this positive and creative space I’m slowly carving out on WordPress.

Now that I’ve talked about this big accomplishment, I want to turn my attention to the future of the website. The title does include the words “Blog Hiatus” but that doesn’t mean I’m leaving WordPress or that I’m no longer going to be writing. Instead I am taking a short break from writing Weekly Blogs. If you have been following me for some time, you know that I usually try to publish a Weekly Blog on Sunday, Poem on Wednesday, and Writing Prompt Piece on Friday. Well for about a month now, I’ve struggled to write Weekly Blogs. For me it comes from the fact that I don’t really have strong subjects to write about. I can only write so many blogs where I’m like, “This week I stayed inside from an ongoing pandemic and played Animal Crossing.” Some of you might love if I just wrote about that every week, but I really want to use my Weekly Blogs to talk about a variety of different subject matters that usually relate to my week or my interests. Without a strong subject, Weekly Blogs feel more like a chore I’m just doing out of obligation to keep with my self-set upload schedule. Sometimes I’d upload something I knew wasn’t good quality and sometimes I wouldn’t upload anything at all. This is all to say that I won’t be uploading Weekly Blogs for awhile. I’m taking a short hiatus on Weekly Blogs starting now which will go through the month of June. Once I get closer to July, I will reassess this hiatus and either end it or continue it. I just need a break from writing Weekly Blogs right now.

So what does this mean for everything else? Well everything else should continue like normal. I’m going to continue to publish new Poems on Wednesdays and new Writing Prompt Pieces on Fridays. I thought about possibly moving things around so there isn’t a big gap between Friday and Wednesday, but I decided against moving anything. If I move the day I publish Poems to a day like Monday, it might confuse some people or even myself. Plus if I reintroduce Weekly Blogs in July, I’d want to move Poems back to Wednesday. So yeah, I’m just going to keep the rest of the week the same and there will just be a bit of a awkward gap. That’s okay. I have thought about publishing other things during the week to fill the gap, but I’m not promising anything. Maybe something special will be published, but that is very much up in the air at this point. Right now I’m just dropping Weekly Blogs and sticking with uploading two new pieces a week.

The last thing I want to talk about is a pretty small announcement, but I’ll say it here anyway. I am shutting down my Facebook Page for Allen_The_Writer. Starting today I will no longer posting new pieces to Facebook and the Facebook Page will be permanently deleted in two weeks (Facebook’s policy). I’ve also removed the link to my Facebook page on WordPress. This won’t affect most of you since WordPress is my biggest platform, but I do have family members and personal friends who follow me on Facebook, so this announcement is for them. All of this is because I’m trying to reduce my overall use of Facebook. You can still check out my Twitter if you really want to or just Follow me here on WordPress. That’s the best way to be informed when I publish new stuff.

Again, thank you so much for celebrating this milestone with me and I hope you all have a wonderful week!




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