Our First Anniversary — Hello, Goodbye, and Hello Again

This weekend marks my one year anniversary as a blogger. More accurately, as a blogging poet and writer. It has been one of the most remarkable and personally fulfilling years of my life.

At the beginning of February, 2011, at the suggestion of a new online friend, the terrific German poet Claudia Schoenfeld, I built this blog — A Thing for Words — to share my poetry. One of the reasons I needed the blog was to join the fun and collegiality of Claudia’s and her friends at the One Stop Poetry site. Because of One Stop’s One Shot Wednesday feature, I was writing at least a poem a week to share with other poets around the world.

And I was making new friends, some of whom I will cherish for the rest of my days. You know who you are. I tell you that all the time.

With the unfortunate demise of One Stop, I was astonished when Claudia asked if I would be willing to become a staffer with a new online poetry site/community, dVerse Poets Pub. That honor brought even more of you to the blog, and I met more and more of you.

And now it’s been a year of blogging my guts out and I am ready for the next moves — hopefully finding a publisher interested in the poetic impressions of a reawakened man and artist (that’s the hard one) and moving A Thing for Words to a new blog platform and design.

So here are two bits of news you might use. One, I never really expected to be a poet. In fact, I didn’t want to be one. But once I began, I found poetry fulfilled my need to truly express myself as a man and artist, and it made me feel special. You made me feel special. I still write my short stories, as you have found on these pages, but sometimes it’s not so easy. So I write poems, some good, some not so good. But I write them, which is the most important thing, right?

I hope all of you followers of the old blog will follow me and subscribe here. You’ve made Joe Hesch believe he’s a poet. I’d like to show that you were right. Thanks for a year of great thrills and friendship. Bless you all!

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8 thoughts on “Our First Anniversary — Hello, Goodbye, and Hello Again

  1. Congratulations on a year of blogging, dear Joe! I’m so glad to have found you and have the chance to get to know you and your writing….what a year it’s been….and there’s so much to look forward to as well… here’s to May & another year of wonderful poetry! 🙂 xoxox

    • Thank you, thank you, my dear Louise! Our finding one another has brought joy and confidence to me and our special relationship sustains me on so many levels. Yes, looking forward to May and our continuing partnership. 🙂 xoxox

  2. If I may correct you, Joe Hesch made us believe he is a poet. I adore you and your poetry. Congratulations on a year and I plan to be a frequent visitor over the upcoming years. *hug*

  3. I seem already to have wished you a Happy Anniversary elsewhere, Joe, but here again for completion. In fact I think we share the anniversary, give or take a week or two. You’re right it has been a fantastic year, but also for me a revealing, learning, and invigoratinf experience, but nothing more important than finding friends that I would never have thought in a million years, I’d find via t’ interweb. I do so hope that, before you and I join the great and colourful tapestry of human history, we shall meet in person… one day.

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