(Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

This happens to be the most difficult post I would ever write for a blog such as mine…
When I had purchased my very first electronic tablet in 2012, I had downloaded some apps, but when it came to wanting to share what I create with the public, I did not know at first just where to start; Then, I had discovered an app called WordPress; After I had downloaded the app, I began to write my first post.
My blog, which was first called Dream In Music and would later be called what it is now, KALEIDOSCOPE, was launched on November 13th, 2012, and for my blog’s very first project, I had tried to think of something that would get my blog off to a great start, and that was when I had heard the news at the time that Rich Koz, the Chicago-based actor who plays Svengoolie and who also happens to be my best friend, had a heart attack just a few days after Halloween, and just a week and a half, I think, before this here blog was launched…
And so it was that when I had begun my blog’s very first project, the Christmas Treasure of the Day, which was based on something that Svengoolie had done to celebrate Halloween, the “Halloween Horror of the Day”. That had certainly helped launched my blog in a big way, with 190 views all told, and the rest, as they say, was history…

Throughout those 6 and a ½ years, KALEIDOSCOPE, hosted by WordPress, has been bringing you all the most wonderfully wonderful fun things that you have always enjoyed, from such features as “Squibbles”, “Who/What Am I?”, to even the “Photo of the Day”; I have even brought you special series, cartoons drawn by me, essays, and even original stories; Yes, I have tried as hard as I ever could to bring you the very best that I could ever offer you in a blog such as my own…
But now that I have a REAL job as a food service cleaner for a company called Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, not to mention the fact that I am now an author, it has become quite difficult for me to find time to write drafts for blog posts, and it has also come to the fact that I have begun to run fresh out of ideas for my WordPress-hosted blog. With that, I am going to need to devote more of my time to my food service job as well as to plan and hope to write and publish future books, as well as eBooks, so if I continue blogging, then I would never be able to have the time to do any future book writing that I have dreamed of doing for a long while, not to mention the fact that I would not ever be able to concentrate on my food service job.
And so, it has come to this that yours truly shall make the most important announcement of all: After much thinking and praying, it is with a heavy heart that after all of those 6 ½ years of bringing you rainbows of fun and happiness, I have decided to end my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE, and to leave WordPress near the end of June. (I shall inform you all of the exact date for June in a later post.) Now, I know that this has not been the most easiest decision to make in giving up blogging for WordPress, but nevertheless, the decision has been made to say goodbye to WordPress and blogging near the end of June so that I could focus on my food service job while focusing on what I would be doing next: Writing books/eBooks and doing a podcast.

    I wish with all of my heart and soul that I do not want to ever leave blogging and that I want to continue on, but the truth of the matter is, I really do not want to go on blogging almost each and every day forever and ever; And not only that, planning and writing drafts for blog posts and then writing them from the drafts almost each and every day has become time-consuming for me. There are other things that I would very much like to do outside of blogging; I have been blogging almost every day for the past 6 ½ years, but now, it has come to a time when one knows when to just simply stop, and the time to stop is near the end of June, when I shall end my blog and say a fond goodbye to the blog-hosting site that has been my blog’s home for all of those 6 ½ years, WordPress.
In the meantime, I’m not completely going away right now, not yet; I very much hope that all of you bloggers and blog followers out there would join me in the months to come as I plan on doing special posts that would honor the memory of my blog as well as my upcoming farewell. It has been a joy and an honor to have been a part of this ever-so-wonderful family that is WordPress, and now the time has come to prepare to say goodbye to that certain family that has made me so very happy for the past 6 ½ years. And do you want to know something else? When the month of June of this year comes along and that it would be near the end of it, I shall be leaving this marvelous family a happy woman, and I shall always be grateful for the family that has helped me got my start in the wonderfully wide world of writing, and that family happens to be WordPress. Thanks, guys.


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