What a year, equal parts good and evil, which is an improvement over 2012 which was pretty much hell.
In 2013, Donkey didn’t get away with being an asshole about what time the kids and I have together, he hasn’t gotten away with closing this blog, and a woman’s life was saved. In 2013, I was Freshly Pressed three times, wrote six guest posts for five great blogs, and, tops on my 2013 list, Deliberate Donkey has become something all together wonderful. And I hope to continue to grow it (while keeping space for myself here too).
This was a great year for Deliberate Donkey, and you made that happen – the writers and the readers. Every voice matters. The greater the collection of voices, the stronger it gets. Our experiences are all unique, but for the pattern we experienced – that pattern of hope and despair. Some of us have escaped it, some are still in it. We all have something to offer each other.
I hope the next year brings a great mix of new and returning writers. This stuff isn’t easy to write, or to read, but it’s important. It’s important for so many people–victims, survivors, advocates, friends and family, those who get it and those who don’t–and for so many reasons–to feel less alone, to educate society, to understand how to help, to get it. The more we talk about it, the easier it will get for us to talk. And the more we talk to each other, the more our strength will grow, as individuals and as a community.
Thank you to everyone, each one of you. We did this together, and we’ll keep doing this together. This is our community.
During the holiday weeks, stop by as I highlight some of what 2013 had to offer. For more, browse the links in Opening The Closed Door.
If you can be among the writers of 2014, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.