Today, we have gone from completely blog-oriented to planet-oriented. Now, I would like to settle in for some more personal chat with you. Pull your rocker a bit closer to the fire and snuggle in with your cuppa.
A Bit of Background
M3 has seen terrific growth, especially in the last three weeks of 2011. During that time, some of the newer subscribers were crash-coursed into getting used to my abrasive style. They were not gentled into the flow by such posts as the original Saturday Evening Post or My Answer. We will cue Flight of the Bumblebee whilst they peruse.
The Year Gone
My personal year was very eventful. Unlike the year previous, the funerals were fewer, but the events just as profound. The remodel of the house in South Carolina; the move from Baton Rouge, Louisiana (home) back to (four miles beyond the point where hope is lost) South Carolina; the extended hospitalization of Poppa; the unraveling of some important relationships.
I ghost wrote three books, watched Man Cub (Little Bear) learn to jump into the pool all by his lonesome and watched my family make life-altering decisions. We scattered the ashes of my oldest sister at the end of what can only be described as a surreal summer. Some significant healing began.
A blog was born… with aspirations of becoming a bigger blog somewhere in the incalculable future.
Then, we lost Serre and Sommeil, a wound which remains open: A new layer of insight to temper the final edits to Killing Us Softly.
Man Cub (Little Bear) opened up and began using some English. Little V finished 3/4 of her school year before the holiday break. Momma and Poppa came for a visit. Bear made me the happiest woman breathing. Christmas and New Year’s Eve were quiet, intimate celebrations.
Where from here?
In my sincere hope M3’s meteoric rise is not directly followed by an equally magnificent denouement, I have plans to expand. The new year will bring more focus to the authors, artists and musicians who frequent M3 and make it a delightful place to be.
My books will again become available as ebooks pending the resolution of a deal for short run, hard bound (read individually-autographed, limited edition press) copies due in the late spring to early summer, providing pre-sales materialize. I am working on two more books in the interim, with which I will occasionally ask your support… even if it comes only in the form of reading your blogs and engaging you on content I had no part in creating.
To allow me the time to honor some of the requests I guest blog on other forums, I will be occasionally asking for volunteers to post to M3. As of today, only one person has volunteered a post. (Wonders what subliminal message is wrapped in that.)
I have a few bombshells to drop, in the interest of conversation leading to enlightenment. (Does best Mr. Burn’s impression, “Excellent!”)
Based on the
infernal (Be nice.) incessant (Stop that.) inbox, some of the requested topics for this year include:
- Recognizing and eliminating abusive relationships (physical and emotional)
- The sequel to the Mate & Quaint Saga
- Avoiding high school and college disasters with your teens
- Developing and maintaining self-esteem
- Easy to implement environmental tips (especially if they are cheap)
- How to haggle (someone does want money advice)
- More office politics
But enough about me…
What is it you would like to see out of 2012 (in or out of the blogosphere)? Could you use anything M3 covered to improve this year? Is there something you would like M3 to cover? (Please no political requests.)