GOODBYE, FAREWELL…AND THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH

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

     Well, all of you wonderful bloggers and blog followers out there, as well as the many readers who have followed my blog for the past 6-1/2 years, this is it…My graduation, as I would like to call it. You know, it seems like only yesterday when I first signed up for WordPress back in 2012 and then I began my blog with my very first post of welcome, introducing myself to all of you…Now, 6 ½ years later, I end my blogging journey with this very last post of goodbye…
I know that there happen to be readers who have just visited my blog for the first time, say, a few weeks ago, and those who have joined my blog recently who have been wondering why I have decided to leave blogging and WordPress after all of those years, and I thought that I would be the one to tell you since I happen to be the only one who knows. Blogging happens to be the most enjoyable pastime that any person with a computer as well as internet access can ever bestow; and I happen to very much know as well as understand that I have enjoyed blogging so very much, and in recent years my blog has been at both the top of the viewing numbers and at the bottom of the viewing numbers.
Well, let me be the one to tell you that neither high nor low viewing numbers have anything to do with my decision; If they have, then I would have quit this whole blogging journey a long time ago, even long before I would get to where I am today, writing this to all of you. Now, back in October of 2018, for the very first time in nearly 7 years that I have been living with my uncle and aunt, I have finally gotten a job, a job as a food service cleaner for a company called Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware; At first, I had managed to squeeze in a little blog-posting time before I would go to work, with posts based on my own ideas. But then, as my job progressed, it had become hard for me to find time to come up with any ideas for my blog; what’s more, I have just become an author in 2017, which is a year before I had this job, so in all honesty, juggling a job as well as a blog, not to mention finding any time at all to write any future manuscripts for future books, has become quite a challenge.

     So, as I was walking down to the bus stop one morning in early March of this year, a week before I would make a certain special announcement, I quietly wept and said to myself, “I just cannot go on blogging forever!” I had to figure that it was either one or the others; And in the end, I had ultimately chosen the others, both my food service cleaning job and an author.
With such a decision as that, I felt that it was very well time for me to just simply quit-BEFORE you are being asked to. And so, after six and a half years, ladies and gentlemen, the time for me has officially come to close this chapter of my writing life-blogging-and to very well head on to my next chapter in my life, while I am about to look ahead of what would be in store for me in the future, and hopefully beyond.
Leaving one of my most favorite things of all time, blogging, has got to be as sad as anything that I have ever endured in my life; However, it has taught me how to have more creative freedom, and how to show the people what I can do in terms of writing and doing whatever kind of artwork that I do, be it cartooning or a painting or drawing or two. Indeed, with blogging, I have honed my skills so incredibly well, and now I am officially ready to enter into a brand-new door.

     But, as I am about to say goodbye, I would not want to ever do so without thanking the following people who have helped make my blogging journey possible…
First and foremost of all, I would very much like to thank all of you bloggers and blog followers out there, as well as the readers and others who have visited my blog for the past 6 ½ years; I could not have made this blog the success it has been today without all of you, and I do not think that it would ever be a success without all of you. I am so very grateful for all the love and support that you have given me over those years (as well as a lot of likes!), and I am hoping that I will remember every one of you in the years to come, long after my time at WordPress is done.
And I would also like to thank my closest followers, those who have become something of huge fans of KALEIDOSCOPE; You guys have surely taken the cake when it came to liking each and every pist, er, post, that I publish…(thankfully, this shall be the very last time that I make this kind of mistake!) I am definitely going to miss every single one of you guys, while I shall always remember the kindness that you have brought to me.

And finally, I am saving the very best for the very last: I offer my very final thank you to the most important, but most very special family that has helped me throughout my blog-posting journey, from beginning, middle, and end: The family that is known as WordPress; To all of the talented men and women who have helped me build the blog that has shaped me into the writer that I am today, I say this: I cannot thank you guys enough for teaching me all there is to know about the joys of blogging. You guys have helped me a lot in all of those 6-1/2 years, from the writing prompts to knowing how to work the Community Pool (before it itself shut down last year), to learning the difference between quality and quantity, you guys have helped me through it all in those years, and I could think of no other special people to thank for all of the years that you have helped me and for all of the hard work that you do than all of you, the entire WordPress family. I am hoping that someday, if and when I become a successful author, then I shall have all of you to think of. WordPress, you have made me so very happy. Thank you all so much for helping me bring happiness to others who so desperately need it in these trying times.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT)
And so, with that, I say this: To all in which I have already mentioned, all of you have been wonderful to me in the past 6 ½ years, and as I am about to begin a new chapter in my life, I shall always remember you inside my heart. Until we meet again: Goodbye, farewell…and thank you all so very much.

With love, Jenn W.

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