Friday, 27 December 2013

Happy New Year Bloggers!

I'd like to take this opportunity to say Happy New Year to all the bloggers out there in cyberland.
 
I would also like to say a big heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to read this blog, leave valuable and much appreciated comments and all of those who have joined my blog via Google Friend Connect (there's still time to join if you haven't already, cheers).
 
This blog is what it is because of you. Without you it wouldn't be the same. I won't pretend I'm writing for myself, my aim is communication, discussion and friendship with fellow bloggers. Blogging has been very hard work and challenging on the best of days, but also hugely rewarding. You have all given me so much support/encouragement and I will continue to do the same with as many of you as I can get around to in 2014.

This post wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention BLOGCATALOG. This is one of the best blogging communities for people like me who enjoy interacting and debating on a wide variety of topics. A special thanks to the staff TonyB and AngieA who have helped to raise my profile, taking me to new heights. Their VIB status has sent me soaring through cyberland and put my name on the map. BlogCatalog is highly recommended and I'd love everyone to join and see for themselves as you won't be disappointed.


  • I'd love you to do me a big favour. When you leave a comment on this post, please leave me a link to your Best Post of 2013 - the one that you believe is your best piece of work.
  • I'd also love to know how you will be bringing in the New Year at midnight on 31st Dec 2013. Please share.
I'd love to hear your comments, views and opinions. 
 
My next post will be on 10th January 2014... but it might offend, you have been warned.

106 comments:

  1. I love your blog and your comments... I'm going to look into joining 'blogcatalog'.

    Not sure of my favorite post... if I think of one, I'll come back.

    I am going to run/walk a 5k for New Years eve.... I'll let you know how I do ♡

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    1. All the best for you 5k run/walk Launna, I'm sure you'll do very well right to the end. Do come back with your favourite post. I'd love to read it. Happy New Year.

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  2. Wow. The end of this post is very intriguing.
    I enjoy your posts and our discussions on the blogosphere. You really switch on the lights of my enthusiasm to express my opinions openly. Not many bloggers can do it, so that's an accomplishment of yours. I tend to be very passionate and open-minded at the same time, so sometimes I choose to be silent.
    I will have to be back to post that link you are asking for...
    All the best in 2014. I look forward to your posts. Keep going, blogger friend.

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    1. I've always wanted people to openly express themselves here, so I glad I've achieved that in the past year or so. Thank you again for all your support and don't forget to put your link here too.
      Enjoy the New Year Julia.

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    3. Here's the post I've picked:
      http://juliahoneswritinglife.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-serendipity-of-life.html

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    4. Thanks for the link Julia and I must take a look soon. You can get to it quicker this way:
      The Serendipity of Life

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  3. We all love you :)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TO

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    1. AngieA. My sincere appreciations to you and TonyB for what you have created at BlogCatalog. Everyone has been so accommodating regardless to the varieties of differences of opinions. I love it there.
      Happy New Year AngieA.
      BlogCatalog

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  4. I love your blog and the conversations you start here.

    Although we "met" at Blog Catalog, I left there long ago as I found I was connecting better elsewhere. Lately they've started sending me all kinds of junk email so I probably wouldn't go back, but I'll always be grateful for having met you there.

    So hard to pick your own favorite post. I think I have 4 that I love, but one of my favorites is the Ten Commandments (changed up a bit, of course):
    http://www.bakinginatornado.com/2013/03/the-ten-commandments.html

    I love this idea, I think I'll ask friends to list their favorite post of last year on my FB page and see what happens. I'll link to this post.

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    1. Sorry BC didn't work out for you but at least we got connected there. It's really been a pleasure visiting your blog and looking forward to reading more in 2014. Here's a more direct link to click to your post:
      The Ten Commandments
      Thanks for the FB link too!

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  5. Happy new year my friend

    http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/slag.html

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    1. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones John. Not forgetting all the farm animals too.
      Hope you have a great one.

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  6. Happy new Year. I hope 2014 brings great things your way.

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    1. Happy New Year Stephen, it's been great getting to know you. What's your favourite or best post of 2013?

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  7. Happy New Year! I will probably be spending New Years Eve with my family. RPD, I wish you continued health, happiness and peace for the coming year.:)

    Madison

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    1. Happy New Year and it's been a right pleasure reading your blog for some time now. Enjoy the family Madison, and hope you return to link up your best post.

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  8. I've been following you for 2 1/2 years now RPD and I love all of your posts. You have a special talent of engaging your readers so deeply and getting to the core of so many socially relevant issues. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your years of support and the wonderful friendship we now share. I hope you have a happy New Year, RPD. I look forward to another year of following your blog! XO

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    1. C'mon Mama, I know you've got plenty of crazy, wacky menopausal posts you can share with us. I'm actually gonna leave your blog link so everyone can go over and check out all your posts (so you don't get away so easily). Can't wait to share much more with you in 2014. Your solid mate. Happy New Year.
      Here's the direct link:
      Menopausal Mother's Blog

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    2. As always, you are far too kind to me! <3

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  9. Happy New Year to you too! I have put a link to a blog post - not sure it is 'my best piece of work' but I like the photos! http://simone-lindengrove.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/a-perfect-august-day.html
    I look forward to returning here on 10th january!

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    1. Happy New Year Simone. It's been great catching up with you and I love your blog. Here's a direct link:
      A Perfect August Day

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  10. I don't always leave a comment Rum, but I certainly read everything you post, because you always pick topics that make me think. I wish you even more success in the coming year. I'll be spending NYE on my own getting quietly inebriated.

    It wasn't the most read, but I consider The Green, Green Grass of Home my "best" post of the year.

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    1. I truly appreciate all the support you have given me Dennis. Thanks for reading and all the times you have commented on my posts.

      I'll make a point of checking out your link as soon as I can. Enjoy the New Year. Thanks again.

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  11. Happy New Year RPD!
    I wish you the best.
    Your friend John M

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    1. Happy New Year to you too John. And wishing you happiness and success in 2014, especially with your book. Where's your link? :)

      PS: I recommended your book to a friend who has downloaded it via Amazon.

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  12. Happy New Year and Happy Holidays Rum Punch!

    It's been a pleasure following your blog. Glad we connected. I am having a trouble with my link to Blog catalog and need to fix it so I have not been on in a while.

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    1. Phil, you've given me quite a few laughs along the way and you sure know how to wet my appetite with all that food you put on show. I'll be back for more in 2014.

      Ask AngieA or TonyB from BC to help you sort that link. They're very much hands on at BC. Happy New Year.

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  13. My best work? I'd rather let others decide that.

    In 2013, the post with the most views was about blog post immortality. http://mariazannini.blogspot.com/2013/08/make-your-blog-post-nearly-immortal.html

    The post that drew a lot of discussion was this one: http://mariazannini.blogspot.com/2013/09/soldier-on.html

    But the most routinely popular posts are the 'State of the Homestead' reports (usually once a month). People like to keep tabs on my farm and animals.

    Happy New Year, RPD!

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    1. I'll definitely be taking a look at those posts which sound very interesting Maria. Hoping you have a truly blessed year:
      Make your blog post nearly immortal
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      Soldier on

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  14. You are so right about blogging. It's about forming a community; communicating; discussing; and forming friendships. I've tried several other social media's throughout these past 7 years, but blogging for me, is my favorite way to socialize online because it seems more engaging and creative. And you're also right, it's hard work and takes dedication, but it's also hugely rewarding.

    I know we've only recently started blogging with each other, but I thoroughly enjoy your blog and topics. And I look forward to blogging with you in 2014!

    The best to you with continued success!

    New Years Eve, I will be spending it as I normally do. Quiet and reflective.

    I think my favorite post of 2013, is one that I shared about the things my mother learned through her illness with cancer. It was titled: "How Loved She Was In Receiving."

    http://www.triloquist.net/2013/09/how-loved-she-was-in-receiving.html

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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    1. I'm wishing you a very Happy and successful New Year and may your blog go from strength to strength. It's been a great pleasure Ron and I'll see you next year too. Here's a more direct link:
      How Loved She Was in Receiving

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  15. I am thankful for knowing you too:)
    Hoping tor ead more posts from you.
    My best post maybe was " Letter to God Contest".http://joysnotepad.blogspot.no/2013/04/letter-to-god-contest.html.
    It inspired many to write their best heartfelt letters to God. Overwhelming response. I am thinking to repost again the prayers to my other blog: willyouhearfromme. blogspot.com.
    About new years eve, gonna celebrate it with my dearest hubby:)
    Thanks for the tip about " Blog katalog:)

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    1. I'm glad I got to know you Joy. You've given lots to think about when it comes to God. And I'd love to see you at Blogcatalog too. You'll enjoy the fun there. Here's a direct link to your post:
      Letter to God Contest

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  16. You're the first to wish me Happy New Year, and so I return the same to you! May your writings continue to intrigue and amuse in 2014!

    What may possibly be my best blog post of 2013 is:
    http://www.theworldofkrsmith.com/2013/07/fsf-challenge-flight.html
    It's a poem for one of Lillie McFerrin's Five Sentence Fiction writing challenges based upon the prompt "flight."

    I'm not sure yet how I'll be bringing in the New Year - last year I was quite asleep when it happened! Perhaps I'll do something more exciting this year.

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    1. Oh yes, the least you can do to bring in the New Year is to bang your saucepans like mad if you're at home. Just one of our little traditions round here. Make it a special one. And I'll be round to visit next year. Not long now.
      Here's a direct link to your post:
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  17. I am pleased to be a follower of your blog and look forward to visiting your posts. One of my favourite posts of the last year was; http://suzannefurness.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/once-upon-time-iwsg-post.html
    The reason I picked this one is because writing it helped me sum up my writing journey to date and gave me a clearer perspective of the road ahead. I had some wonderful comments and support from fellow bloggers too.
    New Year will be spent with friends.

    All the best for 2014 RPD :)

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    1. I can't wait to get round to reading it Suzanne. And I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends bringing in the New Year. Cheers.
      Here's a more direct link:
      Once Upon Time (IWSG Post)

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  18. I have always been one of your biggest fans! I really enjoy your personal points of view and how you "choose" to share it with the world.

    My wife and I will be celebrating quietly @ home this New Year's Eve, margaritas around the outdoor fireplace are our plans. We will watch the fireworks off in the distance as we look back towards town.

    As far as a best post goes it is hard to say, I don't judge my own writing. All I can do is to tell you to visit and pick the one that is best for you. Have a safe holiday my friend.

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    1. I'm so chuffed that you're a fan ScorpionSting. Well, I hope everyone stops by your blog to have a read and pick out their favourites amongst a variety of different topics.
      I must admit that the very first time I saw your blog I almost passed out (Because of the raunchy pictures) BUT then I read it. You're got a brilliant way to tell a story and keep the reader engrossed. Happy New Year.

      Here's the link for readers to decide for themselves:
      The Sting of The Scorpion

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  19. Happy New Year RPD. Cool idea. I shall have to check out everyone's best of. A great way to find new blogs, though I often check out your followers. Sorry I have missed your last few.
    2013 has been a slow blogging year for me, but I would pick: http://itsagaylife-jamiessmiles.blogspot.ca/2013/06/the-push-to-have-children.html

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    1. Yes, it's a brilliant way to share blogs with everyone. That's what I love about blogging this way. Don't worry about missing a few Jamie because you was one of my very first followers and you have been a great commentator on many of my posts since I first started here and I like how you also interacted with comments from the other bloggers too. I thank you so much for that kind of support. Happy New Year mate.

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      The Push to have Children

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  20. rpd, it's been an immense pleasure interacting with you both here and on the BC discussion board. You have a wonderful, loyal following of readers, and I always enjoy their candid and perceptive comments. At Aphorism Of The Day one of my favorite posts was this one because of its shameless lyricism: "To one who loves birds, morning always wakes up singing." At Out Of Context I always consider my last post my best, so just click on: wwwaphorismscom.blogspot.com

    Have a happy happy New Year. Looking forward to more interactions in 2014.

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    1. I'm always talking about you to my other half. Despite what is thrown at you, you always come across so calm and jolly with a great sense of humour. I too enjoy all those discussions at BC. You just never know what someone's going to ask next. Great meeting you NP and looking forward to the New Year with you all too.

      Here's a direct link to your blog:
      Aphorism Of The Day

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  21. Happy New Year.

    I always enjoy your thought provoking posts.
    I also intend to go on a long walk on New Years day. I am glad the holidays are coming to an end as they involve too much forced sociability.
    As for a favourite post, I don't think I have one. The one I am writing often seems the most interesting (or the most boring!)

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    1. This time of year can be a bit much for some people. It's like you constantly have to have a smile on your face and be happy - 'tis the season to be jolly' - when you really don't always feel like it. Well, not long now Alain, and you'll have another 300 plus days to relax, ha ha ha ha.
      I've left a link to your blog and I love those garden pictures and all the info you provide us with. A true garden professional and Happy New Year:
      Roche Fleurie Garden

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  22. My man Rummy! I got your comment on my blog and i apologize for that! Its fixed now apparently i had allow comments checked off. Don't remember doing that!

    Anyways bro thank you for your fantastic and entertaining articles! I really enjoy reading them as well as the comments other bloggers and commenters!

    It has been a great year and hopefully i would like much of the same! Also believe me that Blog Catalog is great as it helped me to get connected to Rummy's and other bloggers blogs.

    Now to what i have come here for! I would like to wish Rummy and everyone else that comes to this blog and to Blog Catalog a great Merry Christmas and of course a very Happy New Years! Keep safe, Watch your back and keep your nose clean!

    Keep doing what you are doing Rummy you are the man!

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    1. Jose, I thought something was wrong on your blog when I couldn't find the comment box, but I'm glad you've fixed it. I take a look again in the new year.

      Thanks for the encouragement mate! I'll take your advice into the New Year and make it a point to always carry protection, a wing mirror and a box of tissues! Ha ha ha.
      I'll also be spending this New Year evening mixing Gin with that Rummy - that's definitely on the 'cards' ha ha!

      Oh... and where's that link, Jose?

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  23. Happy New Year, and the best to you in 2014!

    I have no idea what my best post of 2013 was, so I picked this one: http://www.forbetterorwhat.com/2013/05/nobody-has-perfect-marriage.html

    Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks Rose. Another post I'm sure to check out this January. Have a great New Year.
      Here's a direct link:
      Nobody has a perfect marriage

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  24. Happy New Year to you, RPD! I've so enjoyed our interactions here in the blogosphere. We have nothing special planned for NYE, probably just going to sit around at home. The mood in our neighborhood is somber because a 21 year old man, an artist who was photographing area graffiti, was murdered by a 14 year old and another accomplice...shot in the head. Very tragic. As far as favorite posts goes, my favorite is definitely my short story, Sun Jelly Pastures. All five parts are accessible from the initial post: http://www.channelinghippocrates.com/2013/04/sun-jelly-pastures.html

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    1. It's sad to be reminded that life is so short and with that in view none of us should take making it through from 2013 to 2014 for granted. Even more tragic for a person of such a young age.

      Thanks for the link Helena, I really enjoyed reading all the parts a while ago (accent included) and I recommend them as a good read. No, not good - a flaming superb read.
      Here's a direct link:
      Sun Jelly Pastures

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  25. My good friend,

    A heartfelt thank you to you and your positive interaction, your intriguing posts. You truly embrace the ethos in a sharing, caring blogging community. And yes, it can be exhausting. Like you, I do my utmost to comment back to every person who so kindly leaves a comment. And of course, go and visit a huge amount of blogs.

    I shall bring in the New Year with a determined resilience that speaks out against those who would be the oppressors. We have a powerful voice for the good and I know you totally relate to that.

    I wonder if you might post up what you consider to be your own favourite post. As for me, I do so much variety that I couldn't even begin to pick a favourite of mine. Besides, the best ones on my site are written by a famous dog! :)

    A hopeful, happy New Year to you.

    Gary

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    1. Yes, your dog sure has got talent! But you're not so bad yourself. Perhaps Penny may be be prepared to share a little more of the limelight with you in 2014... we wouldn't want her becoming a diva! :)

      I like the idea of a caring, sharing community of bloggers. It really sums up the ideal for me that we should all be striving for and speaking out when it's necessary to do so. Let's continue to support one another and help to give a voice to those who need a help in hand every once in a while. Thanks for all your support and Happy New Year.

      No link? I can't have that Gary, so I'm leaving your blog link so everyone can go over there and have a great read.

      Klahanie

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  26. Happy new year, RPD. I await your next post with interest.

    My New Year's plans? DVD, Beer and a large Kebab.

    My favourite blog post from 2013 would have to be this one:
    http://bigdassorted.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/the-dog-who-loved-apples.html
    I don't do personal very often so this was a bit of a departure for me.

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    1. Hey Big D. That sounds like the perfect East London night-in formula.
      You wrote a very heartfelt post about your dog, which was poignant and touching.

      Recommended reading with a tissue in hand. Have a great 2014 Big D.
      Here's a more direct link:
      The dog who loved apples

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  27. Old Year - New Year

    Shady traditional fulcrum of time.

    May Fate pour happiness and contentment all days of your life, which include New Year's Eve and the next day! :)

    I will let that time go at Gozo, with Grand. We gave a nice trellis full of grapes and hummingbirds nests. Will hang lots of mandrake leaves on it and will share some good wine I am keeping in store since a month ago. Celts says if you drink with a pal or kiss a beau or a gal under mandrake, the tree spirits will make you be happy forever.

    I promise to raise a glass of wine to your health, too!

    I do not feel I prefer any of my post this year or any other year, you know, I love all of them as it must be. If I choose one above the others, they may became jealous and make a strike against my blog.

    Elf sends his respects, too. Asked pointedly to write his salutation as:

    Wstins Drwosten

    Which, always following his lead means: Enjoy the Feast!

    And ask me to make sure you know this phrase means any Feast, no only New Year, since this is a human invention with no support from reality. Go figure!!

    I know that the Deity will always cover you with contentment because you are a nice and special person.

    That if you believe! If you don't, it does not matter, Elf says, because the Deity does believe in you!

    'See' you again somewhere in the 2014!

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    1. Thank you and Elf for the nice message and the constant support. Will he be drinking some of that wine too? Or will he be driving you mad? I'll be sure to raise a glass to you this evening as well.

      In order not to make any of your posts jealous, I'm putting a link to your blog, which is full of brilliant stories, poems and creative works. Have a good one Od and see you in the New Year:

      Tales, stories and poetry

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  28. Happy New Year, dear!
    I wish you all the best! Make a wish now and I make it come true! ;-)

    Here my fav post of 2013. Now very personal like the rest of my blog, but I like it.
    http://thoughtsarelikeants.blogspot.com.ar/2013/06/ant-179-night.html

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    1. Wishing you a happy and peaceful New Year, and I'll have a read of that post later.
      Ant 179 Night

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  29. I second Gary. It would be great to revisit your favorite post from 2013! We'll be spending New Year's with some close friends who always have the best parties. The host is a terrific singer who never has to be asked twice to burst into song. I always enjoy visiting your blog, and appreciate all of your encouraging comments! Have a wonderful New Year, Rum-Punch Drunk!

    Julie

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    1. Julie, I've also enjoyed visiting your blog and will continue to do so in 2014 with pleasure. It's now the New Year, so I hope you enjoyed your party with plenty of singing. And don't forget to leave a link to one of your best 2013 posts here. Happy New Year. :)

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  30. Happy New Year RPD!!! I don't think I have a favorite 2013 post, but I'll be ushering in the New Year at a watch night service with my fiance tonight. We're looking for a home church for the New Year and thought now was as good a time to start the search:-) May 2014 bring more great posts, laughs and lots of support!!! Again, Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year Nicole. Home church? Is this a church that meets in someone's home or is it a church that is in your local area? Either way, hope you check them out thoroughly and find what you're looking for. Happy New Year.

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  31. Probably the best and the whole story. http://www.paralyzedfighter.com/2013/07/paralyzed-fighter-your-questions.html

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    1. I was absolutely amazed when I first read your story of how you became paralyzed through a tragic freak accident and your battle of how you're rebuilding your life each day. And it's great to know that using the tools of blogging to put your story out there. Keep it up.

      I ask all the bloggers reading this to please stop by this blog and support this remarkable man and draw inspiration from his courage and determination. Have a wonderful and great New Year Khalid.

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      Paralyed Fighter:Your Questions Answered

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  32. A Very Happy Year to you, Rum-Punch Drunk!! I have immensely enjoyed your posts this past year and look forward to more. Thank you! We’ll be ringing in the New Year at my house by drinking champagne, eating popcorn, and watching the Ball drop at Times Square in NY on TV. After which, my husband usually falls asleep, while I stay up watching a Twilight Zone marathon on TV, and sitting by the Christmas tree lights (I love those lights and the tree always comes down the next day.)

    Thanks for asking us to post our best piece from 2013. Here’s the link to my June post “Radio Flyer Wagon: Father’s Day Memories.”
    http://jerseylils2cents.blogspot.com/2013/06/radio-flyer-wagon-fathers-day-memories.html

    Wishing you much Peace, Prosperity and Joy in 2014!!

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    2. It's now 2014 and I'm wondering if you had a hangover with all that champagne Jerseylil, ha ha ha. It really has been a great pleasure getting to know you and I really enjoy reading your blog and I'm looking forward to what you have to say in this New Year.

      Due to the formatting I've had to do some direct links to some blogs.
      Click on the link below:
      Radio Flyer Wagon: Fathers Day Memories

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    3. As a matter of fact, all that champagne usually gives me a headache the next morning and so it was again LOL! But I still enjoy it on New Year’s Eve. :)

      RPD, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you too! I tested the link and it works perfectly, thanks! Btw, what is your personal favorite of your own blog posts in 2013?

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    4. I have a few posts that I like but I enjoyed writing this one:
      Please, help me to die!

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  33. Me dear friend,

    I wish you a Happy New Year! May this year will be very creative for you, peaceful and healthy.

    I decided not to leave a link to one of my posts because I couldn't find the best post of 2013. There are none of them. Unfortunately.

    Very best wishes to you!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too Kaya. Of course you have many wonderful posts so I'm leaving your blog link here for the readers to take a look and decide:
      Visual Impact

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    1. Hope you have a great and Happy New Year Balqis. What's your best post of 2013? Don't be shy :)

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  35. What a lovely message this is. Thanks for recommending BlogCatalog, I went to take a look at them and apparantly I already have an account with them. I may have to get on this ! Happy New Year x
    http://myfroley.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh yes, please re-connect with BlogCatalog and when you do make sure you let me know. And get involved with the discussions because they are really very active and it's a great way for people to get to know each other.
      Thanks for the link which I will read when I've got some time and a very Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  36. A week late and now two days in to the New Year, hope yours was sweet as well as Special. Keep on Keepin' on!!! To 2014: Cheers, Slu

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    1. Better late than never Slu. Unfortunately, I was watching a film -The Godfather on New Years Eve with a small glass of gin in hand, and the next thing I knew, I was having a deep sleep. I missed everything. And it's just so funny how I suffer with insominia but I slept very well that night. Maybe next year.
      I hope you had a great time and I wish you great success and happiness for 2014.
      C'mon mate, what's your best post of 2013? I know you've got quite a few.

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    2. OK Buddy... Don't know if it's my best, but I sure had a laugh with it:

      http://slusworld.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-little-potty-humor.html

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    3. Oh yes Slu, I remember this post well and it gave me such a good laugh. Here's the direct link to it:
      A Little Potty Humor

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  37. Hallo RPD
    Happy New Year to you, I really hope better than 2013 (for me , quite easy )
    you blog is so special, and all your post make us thinking a lot...
    to say what is the best is really difficult... if I have to say one, the "Antisocial networking" is really good !
    Again, we would need to discuss a lot on everyone of your post...
    ciao and keep yourself like you are now ! this is what I wish you for 2014 and the rest of your life.

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    1. Happy New Year Massimo and thanks for the best wishes. I wanted to know what was your own best blog post of 2013, not one of my posts. So, if you have a favourite that you'd like all of us to read please leave me the link. Thanks mate.

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  38. Happy New Year, RPD. So glad we connected last year. Looking forward to reading more of your writing in 2014.

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    1. Likewise, and a Happy New Year to you too Corinne. Where's the link? Don't be shy, I'd love to read it.

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  39. A very Happy New Year RPD!! Honestly it feels just like yesterday I got into blogging and I got u as my first follower and a tremendous support which I really needed to put another step forward. So, here where u are thanking everyone for there encouragement, it would be unfair if u don't get one thank you back!! So, Thanks a Lot for that.

    Now my best post.. (i'm not sure but still dropping the link) :
    http://princessblog24.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/i-choose-to-live/

    http://princessblog24.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/annie-boreson-an-inspiration/

    Hope u like them too! :)

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    1. Happy New Year Esabella and it's nice to hear from you again and to see you back on the BC discussions too. I'm sure you were enjoying all the festive fun. Thank you so much for the kind words and I've put a more direct link to your posts here:
      I Choose to Live
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      Annie Boreson an Inspiration

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  40. Hullo RPD.
    Fine sentiments indeed...& not the slightest bit offensive.
    All the best for 2014.
    Cheers, ic

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    1. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones Ian. The offense comes in the next post, not this one. So, hold tight. Hope to visit you more in 2014 and where's the link to one of your best posts of 2013?

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  41. Happy New Year! Sorry I missed Christmas, but I missed it on earth, too. Wishing you all the best in 2014 and beyond. I'll have to check out Blog Catalog again. I haven't been there in a while.

    My best post in 2013 was The Internet ADHD Experiment. http://www.thinkspin.com/2013/05/the-internet-adhd-experiment//

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    1. Happy New Year Lauren. I'm sure you had a crazy time doing something mad over there, so I hope you enjoyed it :) Yes, make sure you check out BC again.

      And I remember this post well, ha ha ha, so here's the direct link:
      The Internet ADHD Experiment

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  42. RPD, sorry I am just getting to read this post, which means I am on the other side of New Year's Day. I substantially reduced my time on the internet during the Christmas holidays. I am just getting back into my normal routine. Anyway, bringing in the New Year was really great. I preached at a church on New Year's Eve night to bring in the New Year. Later on New Year's Day, I drove about 250 miles north to spend a couple of days with my three brothers and one sister who live in that area.

    Thank you for all of the insightful posts of yours I was blessed to read on last year. I look forward to reading those for this year. I am bracing myself for the one to come this week; thanks for the warning.

    I couldn't decide on my favorite post, but here is the link to a post I enjoyed writing:

    http://wwwefrankking.blogspot.com/2013/11/farewell-westboro-baptist-church.html

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    1. Don't worry about the delay Frank. You as they say about God, might not come when you want Him, but he's always right on time :)

      I'm glad to hear you're not up north any longer judging by the terrible conditions we're hearing about right now ie: the polar votex thing.

      Frank, the fact that you enjoyed writing it already says a lot. The pleasure of writing is the heart of the blogging experience and sharing that pleasure is what fulfills it. Here's the direct link and that was a great post:
      Farewell Westboro Baptist Church

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  43. I'm so late to this party!!!

    This is a lovely post and the fireworks are perfect.

    We were asleep by 9:30 on new year's eve.

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    1. Better late than never Ragemichelle. If you were asleep by 9.30, I hope that like me you began 2014 bright eyed and bushy tailed, refreshed and rearing to go after a good night sleep.... unlike many.

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  44. Happy New Year! I read that you missed the celebration and slept the night, next time ask someone to wake you up, hahaha, just kidding!

    I think my favorite post would be "How I lost my weight and it's not coming back!", here's my link:

    http://imeeseeshoes.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-i-lost-my-weightand-its-not-coming.html

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    1. Oh yes, I'll be better prepared next time. Hope you've having a great start to the New Year too.
      Here's a direct link to your post:
      How I lost my weight and it's not coming back

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  45. Happy New Year to you, my friend. As for my best post, I'm not sure what that was, but stats show it to be Twin Flames. http://dmyatesbelieveinyourself.blogspot.com/2013/05/twin-flames-or-twin-souls.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DmyatesBelieveInYourself+%28dmyates+Believe+in+Yourself%29 Trust me, a very different subject and quite controversial.

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  46. Happy New Year Donna. Hope your keeping well mate. I'll make sure I check out your post later.
    Here's the direct link:
    Twin Flames or Twin Souls

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  47. Dear lord it's been so long since I've been here! Happy belated New Year's man. I'm just now getting back into things, so it's hard to say what my best post of 2013 was. I think I'll go with this one though, it was my last post in 2013 and it had a lot of meaning to me as it involved talking about my mom:

    http://joshuakeith.net/2013/09/15/take-responsibility-for-your-life/

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    1. It's great to hear from you again Jkweath and I'm glad you're getting back into the blogging scene. Happy New Year and I hope to hear more from you soon. I'll make sure I get round to reading your post too.
      Here's the direct link to it:
      Take Responsibility for your Life

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  48. And Happy New Year, my friend, although I am a little late to the game. I look forward to reading your next post, warning or not. One of my favorite posts of mine I think is http://shellysm.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-run-of-his-life.html, a true story.

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  49. It's always better late than never Shelly. Happy New and wonderful Year and hope you had a good festive break. I'm not sure if I've seen this post but I'll pop over another time to take a good look. I've put a more direct to your link here:
    The Run of his Life

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