ADVICE FOR FUTURE WORDPRESS BLOGGERS…


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It is kind of hard to say goodbye to the very thing that you love so very most, and that happens to be blogging; I wish that I could continue on blogging, but how would I be able to find time to concentrate on my food service cleaning work? How would I find time to write my next book? And most importantly, How would I ever find the time to finally relax and put my focus on my family?
So it is with that that my focus should be on the very things that I have just mentioned, and not on blogging anymore. Come June 14th, I shall finally be able to do all of those things…
But before I plan to write my last post as well as close down my blog and leaving WordPress for the very last time after 6-1/2 years, I think that it is very well time for me to give advice to those who are just about to get started on their very own WordPress blogs…

      First and foremost of all, just be yourself; You cannot start your blog as a character or something. Don’t be afraid if you could do something right or wrong-Just concentrate on your writing, and remember this: Don’t stare at the screen-Stare at the keyboard while you type!
And please do not ever worry about how what your audience would think of your writing: Just surprise them! Remember this little quote that I have made: “Write like no one is reading it.” I have always used my quote in the beginning, and I have a feeling that I shall always will use my own quote after my time at WordPress is done.
Oh, and there is another piece of advice that I would very much like to give to you: If you are going to write something in which would include your family, then do so, but PLEASE do not ever use their real names, or you shall very well end up in very big trouble. For the past 6-1/2 years, whenever I write a post that includes my family, I would never, ever use their names, and I surely would not ever use them in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

      And there happens to be one more piece of advice that I would like to give to up-and-coming bloggers…Well, it is not exactly advice, but in actuality, it is a wish from yours truly: As I am about to head off into the sunset after 6-1/2 years, may I wish each and every blogging newcomer all the very best in their success as they prepare to begin their future in the wonderfully wide world of blogging. To all of you: Good luck, with love-JW

 

There’s Always Another Year…


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(Zentangle(R)-inspired background art by Jenn Webster)

Well, it looks like for the city of Dover, Delaware, another Dover Days festival has come and gone; Last year, I went to that annual event to help that certain place where I do volunteer work weekly, ReadAloud Delaware, hand out free books; And afterward, I took a nice little browse-around to see some of the things that make Dover, DE a city…
     This past weekend, the Dover Days festival had been held, and this year, I did not get to go; I think one of the reasons that I did not go is that I had been busy getting ready for something that is so very special in all of my life. But I would care any less about Dover Days, and besides, the Dover Days festival only comes once a year, but you only get to say goodbye to something only once…That’s right, I am planning to get ready to say goodbye to blogging and to the family that has helped me get started in my journey of writing for all of those 6-½ years, WordPress.
     In May of 2012, six months before I got started on my blog, I attended the Dover Days festival for the very first time; In those few years to come, even after I have launched my blog, I would be attending the Dover Days festival with my family…

But all of a sudden, it seemed as if everything in life as well as in my family had changed; My first cousin had suddenly impregnated his now-former girlfriend and then became a single father, and then my brother, sister-in-law and my niece and nephew somehow did not end up going along with us to Dover Days in later years; My niece had grown up into a teenager and was concentrating on her high school studies, and I do not have the slightest idea of what my nephew is doing now…
     Unlike last year, my family did not go to Dover Days at all-My first cousin’s son got sick, and my aunt had to go on a business trip or something like that; As for me, as I have mentioned earlier, I have been too busy preparing for my farewell to blogging. I know, I should be disappointed that I did not go this year; But I am hoping that in the next year, whether I get either a car or an adult tricycle, I would try and do my best to visit that most wonderful festival. Now, honestly, I do not have anything against the Dover Days festival; It is just that it is the same thing every year, with so many Dover-based businesses peddling everything from local art to bakery to ice cream to pizza to even dog treats. And yes, in case you folks are wondering, I had missed the morning parade.
     Now, to change the subject…There is something that I would very much like to tell you, and it is the fact that my family and I are somehow estranged; Now, I really do not want something like this to happen, but it could be as such that there happens to be an estrangement between myself and my family. The reason for this possible fact is this: I am worried as well as upset for my family, and I can tell deep inside the hearts and souls that they are in serious trouble; I would very much like to reach out to them and to tell them that whatever they are facing is none of their fault and that everything is going to be alright. I would also like to reach out my hand to them and to tell them to not ever be afraid to come and talk to me with their problems.

But it seems that they do not want to ever talk about their problems to me; they just want to tell me to mind my own business. And do you want to know something else? That just upsets me! My family just cannot walk around with frustration and problems on their minds and then just tell me that everything’s fine; As a matter of fact, whenever I try to ask any member of my family what is wrong whenever something goes wrong, all they say to me is strictly, “Nothing!” Just like that: “Nothing!” And that happens to be another thing that upsets me…
     I am also been praying for my family and hoping that they would open their ears to the Gospel, listen to it, and then repent of their sins; I have been praying for them for years, but it seems that they just go on ignoring His Word. But I am going to keep on praying for them anyway, and hopefully, someday, they would finally listen to the Gospel and that they would invite Jesus into their hearts.
     Meanwhile, I would like to close with this: Hopefully I shall go back to the Dover Days festival next year, and if and when I get to take pictures of that festival, I shall get those pictures put up in a different area of the internet, because in that next year, I would not be blogging, but book-writing as well as food service cleaning.

My Invitation to All Bloggers & Blog Followers Out There…


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Yes, my friends, mark this date on all of your calendars-On Friday, June 14th, I shall be publishing my blog post(s) for the very last time after 6-1/2 years of bringing you rainbows of happiness to all of you WordPress bloggers and blog followers; As many of you have not heard by now, back in March, I have made the announcement that I will be leaving the blog-hosting site, WordPress, as well as shutting down my blog for good on the date of June 14th, and the reason for all of this is that I would very much like to concentrate on my food service cleaning job as well as my venture as an author. For those of you who have forgotten which place of business I do my food service cleaning job, it is a for a company called Sodexo at the Patterson Dining Facility at the Dover Air Force Base.
And yes, I know that it is going to be quite sad for all of you for the fact that I would not be blog-posting for all of you anymore, but the least that all of you can do is to be happy for me that I have finally got that food service cleaning job as well as the fact that I have since also become an author, and you just might be hearing from me in other places than the blog in which I am shutting down in June, KALEIDOSCOPE, in the coming days, weeks, months, and years to come.
So with that, I very much hope that all of you will join me on Friday, June 14th, for a farewell celebration that you would never forget, and do you want to know something else? You are ALL invited to come! I had the momentous pleasure of making you happy with all of the wonderfully fun stuff throughout the past 6-1/2 years, and I am hoping that you just might hear from me in other places throughout the internet. No one can do a good job like myself, the good job of making you, the audience, so very happy, and I for one am so very grateful. 

A Word About Following My Blog After June…


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Those of you who plan to follow my blog after June 14th I ask that you please read the following news…

  It really makes me happy whenever a new follower joins my blog, KALEIDOSCOPE (www.jenniferkaleidoscope.com); Unfortunately, when I close down my blog after 6 ½ years on June 14th, I know that there are going to be bloggers who would follow my blog too late and that they would not be able to expect what I bring to them. So it is with that that when I shut down my blog on June 14th, I ask any future followers to please do not start to follow my blog after this date; There are other new blogs out there that are worth following, so may I suggest that whenever a new blog pops up, please follow them after I shut down mine on June 14th.
Now please let me suggest to those people who have just followed my blog for the very first time: Back in March, I have made an announcement that I shall be leaving WordPress the same time I shut down my blog on June 14th; The reason for all of this is that I would very much like to devote more of my time now to my career as an author as well as focus on my food service cleaning job at Sodexo at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware. I wish with all of my heart and soul that I would very much like to continue on with blogging, perhaps even for the rest of my life…But the truth of the matter is, I cannot do something like this forever, blogging and focusing on these aforementioned things at the same time. Yes, I enjoyed blogging, in fact, I began to blog with WordPress back in 2012 first as a hobby, then my blog grew into a moderate success, if not a BIG success.
When I started my food service cleaning job last year, I began to put my mind on that, and then once I had done so, it became hard to come up with new ideas for blog posts, let alone the features for KALEIDOSCOPE that you folks that have to love and enjoy. One morning, as I was walking towards the bus stop, I began to think about this whole running-out-of-blog-post-ideas thing; Then, I began to quietly burst into tears as I said to myself, “I cannot be blogging forever!” By the time I got to the bus stop, I began to write down this tiny draft in which I would rewrite into a draft the announcement that I would make…

    And I guess you know what happened next in which I have already have addressed to you; I would very much like to do things now that are OUTSIDE of blogging, and that is writing and publishing print books as well as eBooks, and of course I have to concentrate on my food service cleaning job.
I understand that there are some followers who have taken that news by surprise when I made the announcement that I would be leaving WordPress in June, but there are other followers who understood what I had been going through, and one of my followers even wished me luck in my future.
Speaking of followers, I would like to address those future followers that after I close my blog on June 14th, you will not be able to see any new posts from me; In fact, plan to remove posts and pages from my blog the month after I say goodbye to blogging and WordPress on the date in which I have just mentioned; I shall inform you all about this in a future post before then.

    Meanwhile, I hope that all of you folks will join me as I bring to you very special things to help honor my time at WordPress, and I very much hope that you plan on wishing me the very best of luck and bid me a fond farewell.

 

What Six and a Half Years of Blogging Have Taught Me…


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     As I am about to make my plans to prepare to leave WordPress and blogging in June after 6 ½ years while preparing for what my next chapter shall be, I began to look back and remember all of the fun that I have had in bringing the most wonderful stuff to you all of those years; At the same time, I began thinking about what those six-and-a-half years of blogging have taught me…
Well, first and foremost of all, blogging has taught me how to focus, as well as how to become a better writer again; I have been writing before in my younger years, but somehow that trickled off, but thanks to the discovery that I can blog just as well as anyone, as well as write, I just could not seem to get my fingers off that gosh darn keyboard! Blogging has also taught me to share the very best that I ever could in terms of writing with those who are very interested to see them on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter; Long after my days of blogging are through come June, I would still be sharing stuff on social media, but somewhere in another place…
All throughout those six years and a half, blogging has taught me how to type my fingers on a keyboard, so that the letters would appear each and every time I press those buttons with those letters on them! I would type like there is no tomorrow, but there are other important things that I must take care of, such as my job as food service cleaner, but I could type another time if there happens to be time…

      Blogging on a WordPress-hosted blog such as my own has taught me to unleash my inner muse, to make your audience so very excited for the things that I have written and published as well as what else they can expect from yours truly; I know that somewhere, my audience is going to be sad to see me go after all I had provided them for all those 6 ½ years, but I am hoping that somewhere, they would wish me luck in the coming future while I myself know that I have done as much as I ever could in making everyone happy, and I am sure that they would be looking forward to hearing from me sometime in the future if and when I put out my very first book…
I am so very happy and so very grateful that blogging on WordPress has taught me to become a better writer, to get people excited for the best things, and to unleash my creativity while displaying my creative talents. And now, in June, it shall be Graduation Day for yours truly, and although I shall be very sad to leave this family called WordPress behind after six-and-a-half-years, I shall be happy that I have been taught everything that they have known from WordPress; They just happen to be the best creative writing teachers around!