Just over a year ago, I posted my first Five Minute Friday post. And several months later, I began joining in on the twitter party beforehand, the #fmfparty. I timidly jumped in, scared among all these “real” writers, tossing my words into the mix. Terrified someone would call me out for what I thought I was….a sad excuse for a writer.
But what came was support. Encouragement. An entire community that opened their arms and hearts to this young lady just learning to claim the term “writer”. From this community, I rediscovered a passion for writing, and became inspired to type out my first book. It’s still in the works, but each day brings me closer.
Then tweets started to fly between the #fmfparty. An email here or there. And eventually, real mail through #fmfpartysnailmail. This virtual community became real.
It brought me through some very difficult times in the past year, and helped me find the words to describe it all.
That June Friday a year ago, I had no idea what was beginning. I didn’t realize that friendships would develop. I had no clue that I would get to know some of these women personally, and that I would have overwhelming urges to pray for them after reading a single tweet. I didn’t know that I would have a community to reach out to when I really needed one.
That Friday, a journey began. This week, we all walk down a new path together as Lisa-Jo hands off this wonderful blog party to another lady. One who is every bit as wonderful. And next week, Kate’s journey as hostess of #FMFParty begins. And this whole wonderful, crazy, beautiful, and honest community will be walking with her.
So, this week is the last week that Lisa-Jo is hosting Five Minute Friday. Be sure to come next week and meet Kate Motaung, who will be the new hostess. And please, friends, pray for her this week as a new chapter begins for her!
And if you don’t know what Five Minute Friday is…well, it’s when hundreds of bloggers gather together to simply write. Together, for 5 minutes, all on a common theme. Join the fun. You won’t regret it!