The moment you receive Xiaolong’s message, you drop the book you were reading and run as fast as you can to the Pond.
When you finally reach the Pond, you see your little pond friends crowded around Stella the Dragonfly. You join in the little circle they have formed around her, glad that you made it just in time.
Because, as Xiaolong’s note said, Stella is leaving the Pond to go on another adventure.
The moment you enter the Pond’s magical boundary, you see Xiaolong hurtling towards you, as fast as her little feet can fly.
“Friend!” she exclaims, coming to a rough stop by your feet. “I have the most amazing news!”
You greet Xiaolong and ask her about her good news. You have become quite acquainted with Xiaolong’s bursts of energy and enthusiasm, but she looks particularly excited today. Now you’re curious!
She gives you a big thumbs-up! “We’ve found new friends to join us at The Quiet Pond!”
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!