As we wave goodbye to 2021, I have one request of 2022:
Please be nice to us.
2020 was rough. 2021 literally started with a bang, and not in a good way.
(I’m still holding my breath for what chaos may erupt on Thursday…)
But I remain hopefully for 2022, despite all the doom and gloom, and I attribute that hope to how I ended my 2021…
Returning to writing!
I wish I could pinpoint the exact cause of my loss of inspiration over the last few years. Look, 2020 was a horrible year, for everybody, but truthfully, I started to fall off around mid-way through 2018, which is funny because 2018 was actually a good year for me. I’d just gotten a new job, moved to a new city, started a new relationship. I was feeling myself and finally feeling like a grown woman.
And maybe that’s why… I couldn’t think of any cursed love stories to write, because I was happy. I was in my Taylor Swift cycle.
Then, without revealing too much, 2019 came with a lot of hard decisions that, in hindsight, began a very long period of depression and then denial of said depression. By 2020, I was on the verge of a total meltdown. At some point, toward the end of 2021—when it started to sink in that 30 was quickly approaching and baby fever was coming down hard—I realized I needed to get my stuff together. Because no man would be happy with me if I wasn’t first happy with myself. So I turned to the one thing that’s always brought me peace and solace and picked up the pen again, metaphorically speaking of course.
In that last month and a half of 2021, I published 82 posts, garnered 1,446 views and 341 likes, and embarked on my most ambitious blogging challenge yet: 25 Twilight Zone-inspired stories in 25 hours, midnight to midnight, leading up to the New Year (technically 24, because one of the stories was a short film I reshared).
Though the stats aren’t close to the numbers I had three years ago, I’m hoping this upward trend is a positive sign of more to come for both myself and those of you who follow or choose to follow as the year progresses.
So let’s look at some of your favorite posts since the comeback:
- Parting Gift
- Get Lost with Me in the Twilight Zone
- Would You Like to Hear My Voice?
- Morning Inspiration: Writing Prompt No. 17
- Morning Inspiration: Writing Prompt No. 24
- Lost in the Twilight Zone Marathon | Ep 1 | Hell
- Realities of Long Distance
- Morning Inspiration: Writing Prompt No. 15
- Therapy Session
- Morning Inspiration: Writing Prompt No. 2
Going into 2022, I hope to bring you more 100-word stories, more poems (including Black Poetry Writing Month, which according to blog stats, continues to live on despite my absence), longer stories, a new serial story, THAT ONE BOOK(!), your favorite posts as podcast episodes (recently bought a microphone, so that’s cool 😉 ), and last but not least, your Morning Inspiration (but I’m switching that to weekly prompts on Mondays so I can be more consistent with posting).
So are you ready to have a brighter future in 2022? I know I am!