High Five to Random Acts!

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Today is the FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Random Acts of Writing [+art]! To celebrate, I thought I’d offer up FIVE random facts…


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Since its start in 2010, Random Acts of Writing has published 811 posts, been viewed over 55,000 times by people in 40 countries, and is read by more than 800 WordPress and Facebook followers on a regular basis.

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There was enough buzz and encouragement that in 2014, I published a book based on the essays and photographs that have appeared here — LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness. Check it out here!

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Over the years, Random Acts of Writing has been selected as a Versatile Blogger, a Story Circle Network Star Blogger, and a Very Inspiring Blogger. It was also selected by WordPress editors to be featured on Freshly Pressed — a huge honor!

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According to WordPress’ statistic gurus, the TOP FIVE featured categories are Nature, Spirituality, Wellness, Travel, and Creativity.

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The TOP FIVE posts of all time are:

Something More Important than Fear

Backyard Respite

When Animals Speak [ Frog ]

When Opportunity…Slithers

Not Just a “Pretty” Role Model


The original idea for Random Acts of Writing was to create a place where I could practice and share my writing and art. That intention has not changed, even if the subject matter has evolved over the years. And it’s still evolving…so stay tuned!

For now, THANK YOU! The best part about this blog has been getting the chance to connect with all of you — those of you who read the posts, who follow us on Facebook, who comment, who start the conversations that keep the ideas and inspiration flowing. HIGH FIVE!

Love, Jen


IMAGE: The Hand in the Clouds, Yves Tanguy, 1927


CELEBRATE FOUR!

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Today, March 13th, marks the four-year anniversary of Random Acts of Writing!

We started with a post about a loud and strong calling to write — Gotta! — and never looked back.

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Today, there are more than 500 people following this blog! It’s been featured on Freshly Pressed, was selected as a Star Blog by the Story Circle Network, and has won several reader awards—most recently a Versatile Blogger and Lighthouse Award.

That’s a lot of kool stuff to celebrate! (wink) But do you know I’m most excited about, here four years in?

You.

Your regular visits to Random Acts of Writing. Your comments and words of wisdom. Your blogs and the things you choose to share with me in return. Your friendship.

I’m thrilled to be part of this community, and I thank you all very much for walking with me on this journey.

Love you!

Marking Time: An Anniversary

Two years ago today, I wrote the very first post for Random Acts of Writing [+art]. It was just a first step — and I had no idea where the path ahead would lead or what I might see along the way.

From there to here, there have been 25,597 visits to this blog. On average, 100 people check in every day now, mostly from the U.S. but also from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Maldova, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

I’ve posted almost 400 posts, about which, collectively, you have been inspired to comment on 1,968 times!

The most popular post, with the most visits in one day, continues to be Something More Important than Fear, which was Freshly Pressed by WordPress in December 2010. Fear, oddly enough, tends to be one of the subject tags that gets a lot of attention — fear and frog, actually, which makes me laugh.

Other popular posts include Backyard Respite and Summer Top Ten, two of my favorites, as well.

As you’ve seen, this blog meanders through a variety of subjects: art, books, creativity, food, nature, photography, poetry, spirituality, travel, writing. It’s never been about just one thing — I suppose because our life’s journey is never about just one thing.

It’s the commonality of that journey that brings us together, and it has been a pleasure to share that with you over the past two years. I look forward to continuing as we move forward.

Thank you for being there, reading this.

Love, Jen

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“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”

— Leo Buscaglia

Planting Seeds & Writing Words: An Anniversary

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Every year, we plant seeds we hope will take root and grow. We set them into earth we think to be fertile, cover them with our dreams and expectations, and wait patiently for those first signs of fruition.

In the garden, we know the signs—this time of year especially, when the familiar shoots of crocus and daffodil crowd bare patches of earth in preparation for the parade of spring soon to come.

But, how do we recognize accomplishment in our day-to-day? Sometimes, it is not as brilliant or breathtaking as the spring garden. Sometimes, achievement comes quietly.

Today, for example, marks the one-year anniversary of Random Acts of Writing [+art]. In the twelve months since the first post—Gotta!—there have been 152 posts and 11,848 visitors to this blog.

On December 1, we were “freshly pressed” by WordPress, featured as one of 10 sites to represent “the best of 337,632 bloggers,” and welcomed more than 2,000 visitors that one day!

But this isn’t about braggart’s numbers. This is about YOU. This is about you and those seeds that were planted a year ago. Because if it is wasn’t for YOU, those tiny seeds of hope and ideas would be nothing more than words scattered across a computer screen.

You come. You read. You think. You get inspired.

You respond. You act. You comment. You email words of encouragement.

You share this journey with me—and I am most grateful for your company.

Thank you for being out there, so I can be here, planting seeds and writing words.

With love & gratitude,

Jen

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• To see where we’ve been in the past year, visit our Archives page.

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Photo ©2011, Jen Payne

Look to the Moon

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“Look at the moon,” my neighbor Pamela emailed at 6:30 this morning.

No doubt she was in her kitchen, two houses away, looking up at the moon I could see from my screen porch. It was high in the morning sky, just above the tree line and pond out back. To its left, Saturn sparkled in the pale banners of lavender and pink noting the start of a new day.

What fun to imagine that she was over there, beginning her morning routines of movement and calligraphy, while I was over here with my coffee and list of things to do.

What fun to imagine that Pamela and more than 900 other people have shared this morning with me…

Nine hundred today, and almost 2,000 yesterday—thanks to being featured on the WordPress Freshly Pressed page.

Yes! Random Acts of Writing [+art] was one of 10 sites featured to represent “the best of 337,632 bloggers, 478,036 new posts…and 94,221,436 words” for Wednesday, December 1.

Folks have visited from as far away as the United Kingdom, Haiti, Singapore and Australia, with comments about the photos, about fear, and about writing. Each seemed to find their own meaning in the words and images, in the message and experience of the post Something More Important than Fear.

While it is often easy for me to malign the onslaught of technology in our lives, it is refreshing to be able to celebrate its blessings as well.

Imagine—here I sit in this small house, in this small town, in this small state, and I write some words. I type them on a screen and say “look to the moon,” and there’s a chance that a few thousand people just might!

So, here’s a giant thank you to the editors of WordPress for including me; to the few thousand folks who took the time to stop in and visit (and comment); and to those of you who follow along every week. It is a pleasure to share this technology, this day, and this journey with all of you!

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Please check out the wonderful calligraphy creations by my neighbor and dear friend Pamela LaRegina, click here.

Photo ©2010, by Jen Payne