Gentle starlight envelops the world in a soft glow as you make your way over to Xiaolong and your friends tonight. On your way to the Pond though, a soft chirping reaches your ears. You know instinctively that this isn’t a sound that you’ve heard before in your many visits to the Pond. You glance up, and within the blooming shrubbery that extends before you, you notice a faint rustle in one of the nearby bushes.
Xiaolong tugs your hand gently, her head tilting to the side in curiosity, before a moment of realisation dawns on her. “Oh, friend, follow me!” She says, and waddles in the direction of the bushes.
Friends, I have been waiting for this day for weeks and I am so excited that today is finally here! It is with excitement and pleasure that I get to finally announce my newest co-blogger, and I am so thrilled for you to meet her and your newest Pond friend.
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It’s the day after the last book news, and you see Xiaolong setting up ‘The Pond Book News’ stall again.
“Hi friend!” she greets, giving you a big energetic wave with her small arms. “The newest issue of The Pond Book News isn’t quite ready yet. You have to come tomorrow!”
You shake your head, and tell her that you aren’t here for the news. Rather, you’re visiting today to check up on Xiaolong and how she’s going.
“Oh.” Your question gives her pause. “Well, to be honest friend, I’m hoping you can help me.” She comes around from the book news stall, and leads you by the Pond to your favourite spot. “Friend, I know I asked you before, but do you know any other magical beings who might want to call the Pond a home? I’m happy for Stella now that she’s off on her new adventures, but I’m hoping we could find another friend to fill her in.”
You think for a moment. You’re not quite sure. But, like last time, you feel determined to help Xiaolong out again. It’s time to find the Pond’s newest friend!
Hello, dear friends! Welcome back to the Pond!
Have you ever felt like you wanted to be part of The Quiet Pond? Do you want to contribute to the Pond to make it a magical, warm, and inclusive space? If you thought ‘yes!’ and ‘yes!’ to both questions, then we want you!
As Xiaolong said, The Quiet Pond is looking for another co-blogger! If you’re interested in joining The Quiet Pond, read on! ✨
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You’re sitting by the Pond, eating fish-flavoured biscuits with Cuddle, Gen, and Varian, when Xiaolong comes barreling through the Pond.
“Friends, come quick!” says Xiaolong, beckoning for you all to follow. “She’s here! She’s made it!”
“Who’s here, Xiaolong?” you ask, as you get up to follow her. The others look excited; Cuddle runs ahead of Xiaolong and everyone else, Varian stands a little taller and brushes the dirt off their feet, and Gen looks a little shy but eager.
“Our newest friend! Our newest member of the Pond family!”
Friends, I am so happy you are here! It is with excitement and joy that I finally get to introduce to you all my second co-blogger! In March, you all met Cuddle and Joce. Today, you all get to meet the Pond’s newest friend – and you are all going to love her. 💛
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You’re sitting in Gen’s garden, sipping your favourite tea with Varian and Gen, enjoying the peace and quiet and the sight of Gen’s growing vegetables and flowers.
Xiaolong’s voice punctuates the quiet, and the three of you turn to see her running towards you.
“Friends, our new friend has arrived! They’re here!”
It is with immense pleasure and excitement that I finally get to introduce you to my new co-bloggers! This has been a long time coming and has been in the works for a long time and I am overjoyed that I can finally introduce you all to your newest Pond friend.
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You look down and see Xiaolong tugging gently at your pants. Her bright pink gills are a little droopy today, so you ask her what is wrong.
“I love looking after the pond here, but sometimes it gets tiring looking after everyone. And there’s just so much magic here and so much to share, that I don’t think I can do it alone.” She plops down onto the ground, putting her staff down, and rubs at her pink gills. You sit next to her. “Do you know if any magical beings who might want to call the pond at home? I’d even share my xiaolongbao with them.”
You think quietly to yourself for a moment. “I don’t,” you say, “but let’s look for them together.”
Warm hellos, hugs, or hi-fives to you, friends!
For a long time now, I’ve considered the idea of co-blogging. Blogging can be a very lonely experience; I blogged for five years by myself, and although blogging was indeed rewarding, there were times where I felt alone in my blogging journey. I had a good talk with Jeann from Happy Indulgence months ago, and she shared with me her experiences of having a co-blogger — someone to help you out, alleviate the pressure of blogging, can support you and you them, and someone who could share all the joys of blogging with you. As much as I like to work independently, I want to give co-blogging a go; I want someone to join the Pond with me.
If you’re interested, read on!
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