Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thank you, 2009! Welcome, 2010!

Thank you readers
The blog has flourished this year in a way unexpected by me when I started our little initiative in February. Your consistent support, readership, comments, enthusiasm and excitement about our joint effort have crafted this blog into what it is today. So thank you for helping to create a friendly place to openly explore thoughtful, inspirational and diverse thoughts and ideas!

Thank you Authors!
This blog would not be what it is today if it were not for the wonderful input of the 2009 authors Mark Tuomenoksa, Jeannene Christie, Kathy DeCastro, Julie Sando, Mark Kaufman, Rita Gendelman, Joy Vigh Strand, Faith Clarke, Barbara Balla, Chris Kisling, Brian Ellis and Paul Bos. I am so grateful to have been able to read and share your inspirational thoughts through this blog. Everyone of you has expanded yourself by exploring new horizons thought your writing and I wish for you the drive and initiative to do new things and expand yourself in unique ways for a long time to come. I love that we together are creating a future of creativity and color and unexpected developments, all without knowing where we are going exactly.

Thank You Growth Opportunities
I hope you will join me in this gratitude towards all the growth opportunities we created this year. Every experience was special and one to celebrate. Thank you my friends, family, readers and any one else I met this year for your love and support. Thank you for your criticism and authenticity. Thank you for the moments of in-authenticity, lies, mis-communication and discomfort we created together. You have been an inspiration. You have helped me grow and I hope you have given yourself a same kind of experience. I also want to express my gratitude for all other internal and external factors that gave inspiration to craft myself in unique new ways in 2009.

What happened in 2009
When I started the blog, my idea was to write one or two blog articles a week and then post some small thoughtful things at other times, to help you be inspired. But it became clear that the readers of this blog wanted something more than just little quotes. You readers love provocative thoughtful articles that you can digest over time. You want to read things that start discussions and create new options for your thought processes. That's what got us to where we are today. Daily inspirational material that piled up with such speed that we even decided to create a book out of it called Adventures in Happiness.

We have had a consistent growth in our readership over 2009, and 65% of our readers this year has been coming back for more and more and more... Wow, this is amazing!

Our growth has been noticed by Google, whose analytic statistics say that your readership has grown to what Google calls "an established blog site".

According to Google, we now have readers in more than 90 countries. Our biggest readership is in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. It's so wonderful to see that people are so inspired to come back over and over, even when the English language might be a challenge. Google tells us that a lot of you use the wonderful services of Google Translate to make sure you get the nuances of the written articles. Who would have expected that we would have a regular reader in Kingston, Jamaica or in the Ukraine? I never imagined that we would be writing to you regular readers in Lahore and Karachi, Pakistan. How wonderful!

All our readers, I want to thank you once more for making 2009 a truly fun and inspirational year.

What is happening in 2010?
I believe we will be going strong in 2010. We have a great team, and we are planning to do lots of new things in the New Year. We will go on providing you with daily articles, and we will start new initiatives.

What do you want?
This blog was created with you in our minds, and while creating our 2010 plans, we would love to hear what your wants are. Why do you come to this site? What do you like? What would you like to see different? How are you going to participate?

Here some of the ways in which I can help shape the blog for 2010.
  1. Give us feedback below this post, or by sending an email to iris@lifetransitioncounselor.com, so we can use your input in our 2010 plans.
  2. Come to the site regularly, read the articles and participate in our discussions by commenting on the articles.
  3. Write articles yourself. Even if you can only commit to one or two articles in 2010, pick one or more dates and send me a New Year’s email (iris@lifetransitioncounselor.com) with your intention and the dates. I would love to help you get your thoughts and ideas into an article.
  4. Tell us what you like to read. Do you have a favorite writer that you would like to see more articles from? Do you like specific topics?
  5. Invite your friends to read this blog too! This way you can expand the materials found in these articles and help you create a inspirational group of supportive people around you with whom you can discuss new ideas.
  6. Do you have ideas for initiatives for this blog and want to help put these ideas in place. I would love to hear from you.

Happy New Year Everyone!

I wish you an active, creative, participative happy and healthy 2010.

With love and excitement,

Iris

P.S. for the people in the Great Barrington, Massachusetts area: our band No Room For Jello is performing tomorrow January 1, from 5 to 8 PM at the Fuel Coffee Shop in Great Barrington. Please drop in if you want to start the new year with some music...

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