Third Time Is A Charm!

A few nights ago, I was ready to give up on the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I had six posts left to write in three days, and I didn’t think I had it in me to finish. I proclaimed my defeat to my son, who looked at me and said, “I’m not going to let you do that, mom. You have to finish what you started.”

And he was right. Smart kid. Must take after me. 🙂

I’m happy to say that I have finished this blog challenge for the third time. While writing can be a lonely activity sometimes, I know I have many people cheering me on. So, without further ado, there are a few people I want to thank.

Thank you to my family, who reads and comments on my posts and supports my writing. You give me permission to write about everything (to a certain extent), and I appreciate you trusting me with your stories. And thanks for doing the dishes so I can spend more time writing!

Thank you to my friends at Philadelphia Writers Workshop and the Ultimate Blog Challenge community who inspire and encourage me to “blog on.” It is a pleasure and a privilege to be among kind and talented people like yourselves. Special thanks to my writing buddy and accountability partner, Heather. Someday, we will both be published authors; I can feel it!

And thanks to everyone who subscribed to my blog, read them regularly, and/or tweeted them out to their networks. And if you were only able to read one or two posts, I hope you liked them and will come back for more.

This month I tried something new and focused on one topic – my love for books. It turned out I had plenty to say on the subject. While I will return to writing about various topics, books will have more of a presence on my blog to inspire others to read and support their local bookstores.

I have also acquired a regular writing habit and will keep going with more posts all summer long. There is much to write about, and I hope you will be here for it.

In the immortal words of Sylvia Plath,

“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”


10 comments on Third Time Is A Charm!

  1. @JeriMooreBrunton
    May 31, 2021 at 8:45 pm (3 years ago)

    You’re a super star!!! ♥️?️??♥️

    • Elisa
      May 31, 2021 at 9:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww, thanks, Jeri! And you have a new follower in me! I so appreciate you sharing your story about your mental health. I have had to deal with that all my life. The more we all talk about it, the more it reduces the stigma around it.

  2. Martha
    May 31, 2021 at 8:30 pm (3 years ago)

    WHAT A SMART SON YOU HAVE!!! We just need to take one day at a time if we get behind and don’t stress. I have enjoyed reading your blogs and hope August with be your 4th UBC! CONGRATULATIONS on completing the challenge and BLOG ON!

    • Elisa
      May 31, 2021 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Yeah, he is a pretty smart cookie. LOL!

  3. Paul Taubman
    May 31, 2021 at 8:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Congratulations on completing the Ultimate Blog Challenge! AWESOME job! Make sure you High-Five your son and accountability coach for not letting you quit!

    I am looking forward to seeing you the next time around!

    • Elisa
      May 31, 2021 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Paul. You run a great blog challenge. You will definitely see me again.

  4. Florence Callender
    May 31, 2021 at 7:25 pm (3 years ago)

    I have enjoyed your posts, Elisa. You brought back many pleasant memories when I read your book reviews. I also added titles to my bucket list of books to read. Thank you for taking the time to do so.

    • Elisa
      May 31, 2021 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

      I enjoy your posts too. I’ve learned a lot from you and you are doing people a great service sharing this information! See you next time. Happy reading!

    May 31, 2021 at 6:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for your blogs. I have read several of them and love your writing. Thank you for sharing these last 31 days!

    • Elisa
      May 31, 2021 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Deb. I’ve enjoyed your writing as well. Learned quite a lot from you. Hope to see you for another UBC challenge.