It’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it? 2014 is old news.  But who doesn’t like to recall sweet spots gone by?




Enter: The WordPress.com helper-monkeys.  They compiled a 2014 annual stats report for WWWW. wordpress-love-500x492

Wow. Let’s just say, it’s got glanceability. It put my head in a swivel.


It makes this giglet want to go skoppoloiting across a stage and collect some hoity-toity award. (That’s Old English-speak for a giddy girl who is inclined to frolic and romp at a curious gathering, er, awards ceremony.)

Here’s an excerpt from the WP report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report. ShabbyBlogsAwesomeButton

You’ve heard about the 90-9-1 rule.

Or maybe you haven’t.

It goes like this: 90% of blog readers never make a comment, 9% comment now and then, and 1% comment regularly. That big white empty comment box can be fiercely intimidating for many of us.


But not for Michelle, Ronnie, Sayra, Mary, Patricia S, Chgojohn, Morgan, Sue K, Grace, Sylvia, CindyPRN, Tina, Terri, pscapp, Ray, lvcaron, Nancy, and Art (miss you, hope you’re busy writing me a new book). This bunch always adds fresh ideas to the conversation, says something original, and leads us in a millioni directions. Stand up and take a bow.



Thank you, all you waggish commenters ~ you are, to cut to the chase, pure honey. You’re the sweet spots that made 2014 mouth-gapingly awesome.

Thanks for the memories.

Oh, and that big white empty box?

 It’s for you, Friends.  


Toni 12/30/14  


WP blogger Krista says ~ While there’s no widely accepted length, flash fiction can include six-word stories on up to stories of about 300 words. We know it’s easy to write long. It’s much more difficult to kill your darlings — to write short — hence, the challenge.

I leave my husband on the back porch of the house, the old family homestead buried in layers of paint and secrets. He’s there to help his sister. Her husband has left her for a woman named Charity. And I am driving to the city to sit in the dark and watch Leonardo di Caprio, in old-age makeup, nose into private lives. Life is hard, I think to myself, and drive further into the darkness, the headlights only going so far.



 April is National Poetry Month ~ and National Poetry Writing Month.  


NaPoWriMo for short.

And it’s a crowd-pleaser.

images NaPoWriMo began in 2003. Poet Maureen Thorson decided to take up the challenge (modeled after National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo) and invited other poets to join her. Since then, the number of participants has grown larger every year, and many writers’ organizations ~ local, national and even international ~ host NaPoWriMo activities. robert_lee_brewer_hs I’m celebrating here ~  at Poetic Asides, a website hosted by Robert Lee Brewer, senior editor at Writer’s Digest. It’s the 2014 April PAD Challenge, a poetic bacchanal. BYOP, of course. The “PAD” stands for “poem-a-day.” So each and every morning, there’s a new poetry prompt. Brewer throws out a life preserver along with it ~ his own attempt at the prompt (wished for and welcome), then it’s my turn. And yours. There are plenty of poemming days left. Post as few or as many times as you like. logo-napowrimo You can read the poetry, wallow in it, share it with your writing group, spread it across your social network. There are so many doors to open ~ start anywhere, walk ‘write’ in. images But if you want to be considered by a ream of genuine poet-judges for publication in the Poem Your Heart Out anthology, you need to post your poem in the comments. It’s free and easy ~ the prompts (open to space-warpingly vast interpretations) magically appear each morning.

Click here~   http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides.

…. imagesSo, it’s now Day 16 of the April PAD Challenge and it’s been downright envibing so far.  I am inspired by the poets, a neighborly, infectiously upbeat bunch. They gave me the idea to put some rocking’ glad rags on my iambs and start a brand new blog.  mental crumbs gives my poems some stylin’ and profilin’ in honor of National Poetry Month.


So, add some poetry to your site (or create a new one right here at WordPress), tag your post with NaPoWriMo, and have some sure-fire fun.



Toni 4/16/14