Weekend Homework – Update and Thank You!

sunshine rosesWhen I posted last week, inviting readers of my blog to submit a small excerpt of their writing to share with other readers, I wasn’t at all sure what might happen. Would there be a trickle or a tidal wave? What would people submit? Would I have to cull anything?

I’m not sure if you’d describe 12 contributions as a trickle. It isn’t a tidal wave, that’s for sure, but I prefer to see it as a fascinating meandering stream. And the first thing I want to say is THANK YOU to all those who took up the opportunity to share their work.

If you haven’t popped across to the comments on Weekend Homework – Pay it Forward I urge you to take a look. You’ll find science fiction and fantasy, dystopia, dreams and memoir. There are a couple of teasers and even a poem. There’s travel writing, some fearsome fast food, a fight and an extraordinary birth. It’s all very interesting and very diverse. Several contributors have also left links to their own blogs or websites where you’ll find more of their writing.

I loved that you were prepared to share your hard-won words with me and others; and in case you’re wondering, no, I didn’t cull anything. Everyone took care to follow the guidelines and that too was a delight. It gave me proper warm-and-fuzzy feelings, to welcome a few guests to my little corner of the blogosphere and have you all wipe your feet before you came in.

So I’m wondering, maybe I’ll do this again when my readership hits oh, shall we say 5,000? What do you think?

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11 thoughts on “Weekend Homework – Update and Thank You!”

  1. Thanks for hosting this. It felt good to share something I’ve written. What’s your viewership at now? Would 5,000 be a long wait to do this again?

    1. Hi Sam – and thanks so much for sharing your work. It’s not easy, but for those of us who seek to get published, it’s great practice. I have around 2,000 subscribers now, so 5,000 is quite a way off, but every week more people find A Writer’s Notepad and subscribe. Just how many actually read, remains a mystery. I might look again at 3,000 or 4,000, depending on how quickly I get there. It seems strange, as for the first couple of years of writing this blog, I had subscriber numbers in single figures. Now there are new sign-ups every day – amazing, but very nice.

      1. Congratulations! That’s a major accomplishment. I finally reached 200 followers yesterday so I have a long way to go to catch up with you!

  2. Hello well done on hitting 2000! I have been at this for 3.5 years give or take, it took me about a month to get my first subscriber and last month I hit over 200 for the first time so you’re doing very well!

    1. That’s really kind of you to say. I confess I had a ‘lucky break’ in that one of my posts was featured on Freshly Pressed. That gave me a big boost. It also revived my interest in the blog, so now I try and post every week, whereas I was down to a once-in-a-blue-moon level of activity. Good luck with yours – you’re already doing pretty well.

  3. Thank you so much, Julie, for the opportunity to reach new readers! And I loved the variety of the other contributions. What a great idea that was! 😀

    (P.S. Since I forgot to include the link to my blog last week, I’ll take the liberty of at least mentioning the URL here: http://www.ninamishkin.com)

    1. Nina, I’ve added your URL to your piece on the last post – people need to know where to find your wonderful words…

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