March 25, 2015

It's Time...






After a good deal of thought and discussion, Erin and I have reached the decision to wind down What’s Up Wednesday. We started this little blog hop in April of 2013, and it has been two years of making so many awesome connections with writer friends like you, sharing “what’s up” each and every week. You have provided accountability and encouragement to us on this writing journey, and for that we are more grateful than you will ever know.

You might be wondering why What’s Up Wednesday is coming to an end, so we figure you deserve an explanation: In short, we would like to place our focus more on writing and less on blogging. Over time, What’s Up Wednesday has strayed a bit from the writing and has moved more toward the other headings we have been using, which is fine, but this blog hop was always intended to be mainly about the writing. Always the writing. In order to get back to that focus on our WiPs, we would like to take part in more writing intensives as they crop up throughout the year. As most of these intensives include a weekly check-in post of some kind, we both feel that coupling these posts with a regular What’s Up Wednesday post is far too time-consuming. Time that could be spent on our WiPs and on that pesky little thing called family.

SO, while What’s Up Wednesday is drawing to a close, we still hope to touch base with you in a variety of ways around the interwebs through social media and the many writing intensives and other fun events hosted here and elsewhere. We hope to do a Month In Review type of post at the end of each month, but this will simply be an informal rundown of the reading, writing, and other life stuff we did over the course of the month. You’re welcome to join us, though there won’t be a link-up of any kind. Maybe a hashtag? We haven’t really thought that far ahead, to be honest.

Some writing- and reading-related things to look forward to on the horizon:

  • Tracey Neithercott’s YA Book Club → This month we’re reading RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard and will be posting our reviews and discussing it on our blogs on Monday, March 30th. You should join us!
  • The YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp 2015 → Tentatively scheduled for April and May. Writing, goal-setting, accountability, and loads of inspiration. Sounds pretty much perfect, don't you think?
  • The Ready. Set. WRITE! summer intensive → Hosted by a group of ladies that includes Erin and me, this writing intensive runs from June right through August. Many of you have joined us in the past and we look forward to writing and revising alongside you again this summer. Stay tuned for further details!
  • Spontaneous writing parties on Twitter → There always seems to be a cluster of writers working on their WiPs all throughout the day and evening, popping onto Twitter and doing sprints together, keeping one another accountable. You should give it a try sometime!
  • NaNoWriMo → We’re sure you’re all more than aware of this November writing event.

Should you wish to continue doing What’s Up Wednesday, we invite you to do so. There will not be a link-up on our blogs, but you are welcome to keep posting with the WUW headings. If you should choose to do so, we would ask respectfully that you not give us attribution in your posts and that you would also discontinue use of the WUW buttons as we will no longer be moderating. (With regards to the buttons, as the images were paid for, there is the concern that this might open up legal issues pertaining to their use.) 

Again, we would like to thank you for taking part in our blog hop and for keeping us encouraged week in and week out. You are wonderful people! We hope to cross paths with you all, but if we don’t, we wish you all the best on your writing journey!






Thanks for two awesome years of What's Up Wednesday, folks!



30 comments:

  1. I'm sad to hear that this is the last What's Up Wednesday, but I totally understand why it's time to wind down. Thanks so much to you and Erin for hosting this these last 2 years! It's been so fun and I've met so many other great blogging writers through this. Will miss this link-up but will continue to keep in touch. xoxo

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  2. I think it's great that you and Erin are doing what's best for the both of you - I imagine WUW can indeed be very time consuming!

    Thank you for providing so many of us with a wonderful way to interact with other writers. I've met a lot of great writers and bloggers I wouldn't have otherwise met without WUW, and it's just been so lovely. :)

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  3. Sorry to hear What's Up Wednesday is coming to an end. It's been a lot of fun and I've met some lovely new people thanks to you guys. I definitely understand your reasons. Best of luck to you both with your projects!

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  4. Aww, I'm sad! WUW is pretty much the only thing that's keeping me blogging. :-) I'm going to miss catching up with everyone on a weekly basis, but I totally understand the time commitment thing, and I think dedicating more energy to writing is a fantastic mindset. Thanks so much for the two years you've hosted, Jaime -- it's been fantastic!

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  5. I'm sad to hear about WUW ending, but I totally understand needing the time for writing! Thank you so much for hosting for two years! :)

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  6. Aw, this is a little bitter sweet. I'm sad to see WUW go, but totally understand. I'll have to check out the Ready. Set. WRITE and other summer programs since I'm needing to write ALL THE WORDS this summer.

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  7. That is sad. It was one of the few things which made sure I sat down every week and blogged. Still, I totally understand! It's hard to keep up with everything, and there so many things coming up this summer. Thanks a lot for the past years! I've loved it and will miss it greatly. Oh, and please pop by and poke me every now and then...I tend to loose the head on my shoulders pretty easily, although I don't mean to. :)

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  8. This is so sad. Like T. Drecker above me, this is the one few things that kept me blogging. I will have to go search for other blog hops. And now I worry my blog will get a bit dusty. Guess I will have to bring back my book reviews. ;-) I totally understand the decision too and I think often that's why I would go a few weeks without participating. My revisions/writing needed to come first. I hope you still blog on occasion, Jaime. I really do find your blog a lot of fun and very thoughtful and I know this is how we "met"! xoxo

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  9. I'm going to miss this yet thank you!

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  10. You guys are wonderful, and so gracious for hosting this blog hop. I know we'll stay in touch on Twitter/FB and through other means (DMs about The RAVEN KING), but this still feels a bit bittersweet. XO XO

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  11. Aw, I'm going to miss this too. It was the one time a week I connected with other writers through blogs, and like some of the others said, I don't know what I'm going to blog about now! WUW has been lots of fun, thanks for hosting. :D

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  12. While I am bummed that WUW is coming to an end, I completely understand the reasoning behind it! I am really going to miss this quick-n-easy way to connect with so many awesome writers. On the other hand, this will force me to come up with some blog topics of my own and not take the "easy way out" as I have done so often with *only* posting WUW posts on my blog! Time to expand my horizons. :) Thank you and Erin so much for hosting this for the last two years. I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with all the WUW'ers through Twitter and new post-WUW blog posts. :)

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  13. So sad that it's ending, but glad you're both doing what's best for you! Moderating our time is the most important thing we do.

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  14. I'm sorry to hear WUW is ending, but you and Erin did an awesome job of hosting for so long. Good luck with all your future endeavours.

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  15. This makes me very sad but I understand. I haven't been consistent lately because often my time allows for blogging or writing, not both.

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  16. Well, I am sad to see this end, but I completely understand! Thank you so much for hosting!

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  17. What a lot of work this has been! We are so thankful for you guys for bringing us all together! Stay in touch!

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  18. Thank you, Jaime and Erin! You did a really wonderful thing with this. It will be missed, but on to bigger and better things, right? xoxo

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  19. Like everyone else, it's sad that it's coming to an end but I understand. Best of luck to you and Erin and everyone else with their writing.

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  20. Thank you for your kind comments, ladies! We'll miss reading "what's up" with you each week. Keep in touch!

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  21. Thank you for everything, ladies. What's Up Wednesday has kept me motivated for the last two years -- it's become such a part of my weekly schedule, I feel a bit lost without it now. Really going to miss it, though I understand your reasons and wish you all the best for the future. I'll definitely still be stopping by to say hi!

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  22. It's been a fun two years! Thanks to you and Erin for starting WUW :)

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  23. Sad to seen WUW go. It really kept me blogging regularly these past two years.Thank you for the good times. :D

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  24. Sad!!!!!

    But understood… writing comes first… absolutely. <3

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  25. Thank you and Erin so much for this! I have made so many wonderful connections through this bloghop and it did wonders for my accountability as a writer. I really appreciate it. Best of luck to you both!

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  26. It's too bad! I think I'll continue to do my weekly updates/schedule on Wednesday. I have loved doing this so much. Thank you for getting me started. All the love to you and Erin. May your writing careers flourish!

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  27. Sad to hear it's the end, especially as I haven't joined in for a while (due to being without a computer and not liking blogging from my iphone). It was so much fun and I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Thank you so much for organizing it all. Good luck with your writing goals.

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  28. Aw, I was excited to dive back into it. But I've often wondered how you could manage to blog, manage this, read so many blogs, and still find time to get any writing done. I appreciate all the work you both put into this. Thank you so much!

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  29. I just saw this--ironically as I was planning to do WUW tomorrow! I'm so glad I met all of you :) I also do less blogging than I used to, and I may be shifting my blogger to a full-blown website shortly (not sure yet if retaining blog or not). I'll stay tuned for the writing challenges. And of course will be seeing most of you online in other formats!

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  30. I will miss WUW, even though I've been a spotty participant at best. (Wait. That sounded wrong. My participation has been spotty at best? Better.) Thank you for hosting, and being the means by which I connected with some awesome people (including you and Erin). I like the new "Currently" format. And your page graphics!

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