Remember when you got your first swing set? The monkey bars seemed like they were miles high and when you were on the swings you felt like you were touching the sky?
Then, as you grew, you had to lift your feet to keep them off the ground when you hung from the monkey bars and the seat of the swing got a little too small? It’s not that you didn’t love the swing set, it just didn’t fit right anymore?
That’s kind of where the Playfriends find themselves today. We love to hang out on our swing set, but over the last five years we’ve grown so much it doesn’t quite fit right anymore. Put all five of us on it and the poles groan and sway a little dangerously under the weight. I can almost hear an adult yelling, “Not all of you at the same time! That doesn’t look safe!”
We obviously can’t all play on the swing set all at once anymore, but we don’t want to tear it down. So what do we do?
Well... okay, I can’t work this metaphor any longer.
Here’s the situation: Things have changed a lot in the last five years. Our lives, yes, but also the opportunities for connecting with people on the internet. In addition to the Playground blog, we have our own websites, our own Facebook pages, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Tumbler…. And we’re trying to cover all the bases without going insane. That’s not working so well (says the one with her hair on fire all the time).
We love having this space to visit with y’all, so I don’t want you to think that we’re tearing down the Playground. We just won’t be here every day anymore. Please come over and like our Playground Facebook page, and you’ll still get updates from all of us, only in a shorter format. When we have big news to share, book releases, contests, or just something that doesn’t fit on Facebook, we’ll post it here on the blog. And then we’ll post a link on our Facebook status to send you over here for all the details.
We also hope that you’ll go find us on Facebook and Twitter if you haven’t already. (Links below)
The Playfriends want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your friendship and company here on the Playground over the years. You have no idea how much it means to us. We hope you’ll continue to visit and share with us on these other social media outlets. And we’ll see you back here soon for a reunion!
Problem Child/Kimberly: Facebook link Twitter: @booksbykimberly Website
Instigator/Kira: Facebook link Twitter @KiraSinclair Website
Smarty Pants/Andrea: Facebook link Twitter: @Andrea_Laurence Website
Playground Monitor/ Marilyn: Facebook link
Angel/ Danniele: Facebook Link Website
Some additional thoughts from the others….
Smarty Pants: I wanted to thank everyone who has supported us. We started out as five aspiring writers with no reason for anyone to care what we had to say, but we’ve come so far since then. We’ve made so many new friends in the nearly seven since this blog launched. It’s been a lot of fun and I hope everyone will join us over on Facebook so the fun can continue there. In addition to our WP Fan Page, be sure to check out my personal fan page and Twitter accounts. I wouldn’t want anyone to go into Smarty Pants withdrawal. J
Instigator: I’m not sure I can really explain what having the blog has meant to me over the last several years. I’m a writer, but I just don’t think there are enough words. At least not that do the experience justice. I’ve met so many wonderful people – people who quickly became more than just readers but friends. When we first started I was astounded that anyone would come to visit. I didn’t have confidence in myself or that I knew what I was talking about so the fact that anyone else did just…floored me. And gave me a much needed boost for my writing. I gained self-confidence, honed my writing skills and made some lifelong and amazing friends. It’s been such a joy. And I look forward to continuing those friendships in other ways - on facebook and twitter.
Angel: Over the last 5 years, this blog has been the way we could share our live's highlights, the low dips, the funny parts, and the surreal moments--with each other and with you. And in sharing all the cool things in my life and learning about the cool things in yours, I've discovered the ME brave enough to be herself out in the world, and people who actually find that ME friend-worthy. For an extreme introvert, that's nothing short of a miracle. As a person and a writer, it has allowed me to find and embrace my personal voice. I look forward to continuing that conversation with so many wonderful friends, occasionally here on the blog, on my personal web page and often on Facebook.
Playground Monitor: On November 16, 2005, I posted my first blog post on the Writing Playground. It was called “Serendipity and Other ‘S’ Words.” And what a serendipity the blog has been! How could I possibly have known how dear these wonderful women with whom I joined forces are. They’ve seen me through good times and bad. I was desperately afraid my lack of writing ability during and after the divorce might just have them nudging me toward the door. That’s never happened. Thank you to all our readers for being here with us for all this time and please do come over to Facebook and like our page there. That’s where we’ll be sliding and swinging and teeter-tottering now. I’m not on Twitter(yet) but if/when I start tweeting, I’ll let you know.