My very first blogging post was on February the 8th, 2006. I kicked things off with this beautiful picture that I took in the US in 2005:
"Doesn't a scene like this just make you want to write something glorious?" I wrote back then.
The blog wasn't up and running straight away. It took me another month to really pick up my stride. But oh the words that came after that. A whole year of words. Hundreds of posts. Probably enough to fill up a three-book series. It's been great, really. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Now, sadly, it's time to say goodbye.
That's right ... farewell.
It was a pleasure putting all those posts together.
I've had a blast.
We've done lots of writing.
I've done loads of great reading.
We've laughed together.
We've learnt loads.
Don't be sad.
Oh, sorry, let's rewind a bit.
What I meant to say was that it's time to say goodbye ... to all the old posts.
Because we have to look ahead now to another wonderful year at Shameless Words.
Haha. Got you! :)
I always wanted to have a melodramatic moment on my blog. To make you go: "Oh no! Don't go!" It was cruel, I know. How Shameless of me! Some of you - I now realise - may have even been thinking: "About bloody time we got rid of that one. Shameless? There's been nothing remotely Shameless on his blog! Just bloody annoying lions!"
Don't worry. I am definitely hanging around. I wouldn't have wasted all that time stretching my blog skin sideways and making my fonts big and brash!
There are poems to write, short stories to create, books to publish, books to read, new blogging buddies to make, new talent to discover. How I will find the time, I have no idea. But I am here for the next part of the journey.
My visitor clock is now at more than 9,000. Wow. You guys rock! And I really look forward to celebrating this blog's second anniversary with you.
Go forward shamelessly!