Welcome to 2022, friends! For some of you, 2022 is still on the horizon, but for me in Aotearoa (New Zealand), it’s the first day of 2022. For all of the hardship, challenges, and losses that we had in 2021, I am so hopeful that 2022 will be a better year – even if my one goal is to just get through it and survive.
With the new year, The Quiet Pond will be doing a few things differently from now on, and I wanted to quickly go over what those changes will be so we are all on the same page.
As you pass through the Pond’s magical boundary, you notice that things here look… different. Pickerel weeds, lavenders, and rosemary now adorn the Pond, and it looks like cattails and cardamine now grow by the Pond’s water. But, you realise, even though the Pond looks a little different, you can still feel the gentle and calm energy in the air – it’s still the Pond, after all.
“Friend!” calls a familiar voice. “Come over here!”
2020 thus far has been an incredible and exciting year at the Pond. We have done more guest features than we have ever done before, we had some of the coolest friends visiting the Pond, and we have talked about some amazing books. Putting together content for the Pond is a lot of work –
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.
The Quiet Pond has been on quite a hiatus for some weeks now and I am so happy to be back. Although I really did enjoy the break (book blogging is tough, friends!), I was itching to return to book blogging, creating content, and talking about the awesome books that I’ve read recently.
As you can see, there are quite a lot of new changes! This change has been a long time coming – I’ve been wanting to do this since the first quarter of this year! – and it’s a big relief that I’ve finally rolled them out. So here’s an update on what has changed, what’s new, what you can expect from the Pond moving forward.