May 27, 2014

Goodbye and Thank You

by limebirdwriters

Hello lovely Limebird readers,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this little post, but sadly due to many different reasons, we are unable to dedicate the time we need to keep Limebird at its full potential. So after two and a half years of our site being up and running, we have come to the mutual decision that’s it’s time to put Limebird to rest. We plan to keep the site archives open if we can so that you can continue to read all of our past posts, but sadly there will be no new posts from us.

So each of us have put together a little bit to say goodbye to you, our lovely readers.

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Beth

This decision has been something that’s been playing on my mind for a long time, and something that I’ve been dreading. But now that we’ve come to it, it feels right. We’re all moving in different directions, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just time to start a new chapter.

When I first thought of the idea of Limebird, I never even envisaged anyone really reading it, let alone thousands of people.  Also I never pictured that I’d have the chance to have an amazing team of writers, who have made me incredibly proud.

There are not enough words in the world for me to say thank you enough to this team of writers, you made this what it is. I was just there to give a friendly nudge, but you brought it to life. I’m honoured to call each and every one of you a friend.

To all of the readers of Limebird over the past couple of years, thank you for all of the support and encouragement. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to do the things we have done, and I’m so happy to have made so many friends through this, and read so many amazing stories.

I don’t want to go on too much, because this will turn into a crazy ramble, but my final words to anyone reading this, is never give up. Let Your Creativity Fly.

Beth

Kate

When Beth asked me to join Team Limebird, I was honored and thrilled. I had just started out in the blogging realm and had no clue what I was doing. Thanks to Beth, I quickly learned the ropes and had fun doing it!

I also want to thank my Limebirdmates, who always were supportive, easygoing, and positive. Writing is tough work, but writing about writing is even tougher. You all made it worthwhile.

Finally, thank you to all of you Limebird readers. Because of your thoughtful comments and support, I grew both as a blogger and as a writer. I wouldn’t have lasted this long in this field if I wasn’t writing for such a great audience.

Always believe. Kate

Vanesssa

I would like to personally thank Beth and all my other wonderful fellow Limebirds, as well as all you lovely Limebird followers for the friendship, support, encouragement, and interactions we have had on here. I have learned a lot from all of you, and I’m pretty sure I would never have even considered doing NaNoWriMo if it wasn’t for y’all! Many of you are followers of my personal blog, and I of yours, so I’m sure all our paths will continue to cross regularly. Wishing you all every success with your writing endeavours. I won’t say goodbye, I will say – Thank you, it’s been a blast, and see you around! xx

Neeks

Being a part of the Limebirdwriter blog has given us a sense of worth, and for that we must credit Beth. She saw something in each of us and with her gentle, constant encouragement we grew not only individually, but as a group. We learned to play well together; as authors we must have egos ~ but not in Beth’s group. We were better than that. We’ve had joy in each others triumphs and cried with each other in sadness. We’ve helped and supported each other at every turn. Our readers, our funny, fearless, eloquent readers – we will miss you so. This has been a chapter in our lives that none will ever forget. We all learned a great deal at Limebirdwriters.co.uk, and we hope that you did as well.

Cat

I want to finish as I began by telling you all to never give up, never surrender. Never give up on your writing. Never let your self doubt creep in and rob you of the words. Never listen to anyone who says what you’re writing is rubbish – remember darling reader, you are an artist and the words you create are the strokes of your brush. That advice goes for both my Limebird family and for you, the readership who have made the last couple of years possible. Your interest and love for what we do is frankly, ruddy marvellous. Thank you. If I could reach through your screen right now to hug the bejesus out of you, I would. Thank you for giving this wonderfully eclectic band of writers an audience. As for the performers of this story, the Limebirds themselves… I have genuinely come to value each and every one of you.

You are beautiful, inspiring and great human beings. Your ability to bring clarity to the world of writing whilst remaining joyful and full of heart is both breathtaking and an honour to behold. Thank you for believing in me and letting me join in – it was wonderful whilst it lasted and it will remain in my heart and on my writing CV. To Beth – a gorgeous, clever, funny, bonkers southerner who has a wonderful heart and madly tenacious spirit: thank you for inviting me to join in your vision if Limebirds. It’s been a privilege serving along side you and the rest of the crew. I love you all. Thank you for providing me with some self-worth and encouragement. I’m going to miss LB being an active part of my life. Team Limebird rules!

Laura

It happened one night, frustrated with the world and wondering why I wasn’t being creative anymore, I decided to strike up a blog. Oddly, I got myself a follower! This lovely gal named Beth who was heading up this cool new blog called The Limebird Writers. I don’t even know what I was thinking, but after months I asked for a spot on the team…and they actually took me in!

I’ve never in my life been a part of such an awesome group of people. Fun loving writers from around the world, that were wiling to share their thoughts, fears, ideas, encouragement, tips, and most importantly their written word.

I want to thank Beth for bringing this site together, all of my wonderful and dear fellow Limebird writers, and our wonderful family of dedicated readers. I’m so thankful I sat up one night with insomnia and decided to start blogging, because if I hadn’t I’d have never been a part of such a great thing.

Thank you Limebird readers and writers for a great couple of years!

Much love – Laura

Amber

First, I want to say thank you to our friends and blogging family that we made here and to the others on Team Limebird. It’s always amazing how life throws us in so many directions, and so often we make random connections that pull us through the worst times in our lives. I was so timid when I first started blogging, and joining Limebird after Beth told me I sure was good enough to write with everyone, well, it swelled up my heart and made me feel a confidence that only grew from there. Not just in writing, but in everything that matters to me. I think that the lessons in self-assurance would have been slower getting started without the kindness and community I found waiting here. In two years we’ve grown and changed in ways I couldn’t even begin to list. Without hesitation I say that the wonderful writers here and I have grown into such stronger writers and rounded humans from the trials we’ve faced in this short time span and in the structure that Limebird and blogging gave us. We may be starting onto another stretch of journey, but it wouldn’t have been possible without what we learned from each other, and from you lovely readers.

Limebird Writers may be closing up fresh posts, but the spirit and the past is still here, and isn’t what’s going away. Goodbye is just like hello, and I’m grateful for having the chance participate in the first place. I’m thankful for having said hello, even though goodbye is so bittersweet. This natural outcome isn’t the reason to never venture into something new, but the exact reason to. Thank you, everyone, for what I was taught. And a special thank you to Beth, for all of the friendship and all of the encouragement you gave me. Sincerely, Amber

Dennis

In the almost two and a half years since I became a Limebird Writer I have been continually surprised by the diversity of views and approaches to writing demonstrated by the all who have contributed – be that through articles or comments ‘below the line’. Two things, however, that have been a constant, are the passion for writing and the support that everyone has given to each other.

This may be the end of one chapter, but the story continues; I wish all the best to every writer here. Remember you CAN do it! It may feel like getting blood from a stone some days, but, word by word, your stories will come together. Keep on writing and say hi if you come across me somewhere else.

Dennis

Ster

I only have 4 words really for the end of Limebird. The first two are thank you. Being part of limebird and connecting with so many different writers has been a wonderful experience. Beth and all the other Limebirds have been brilliant colleagues on this journey and as one of the last to join the team I will always be grateful for how they welcomed me into the nest. To everyone who commented and got involved with what we were writing, you were the reason that Limebird lasted as long as it did. And all those whose names came up time and time again in the comments, your presence and support was appreciated more than you can know.

The second two words are keep writing. If NaNo means anything it is that you will get there, even if it hurts! Don’t settle for the first draft, always strive for better and don’t stop. Write as often and as much as you can, write nothing for months on end but come back to it. Never be afraid to start again. Keep writing, keep trying, and let your creativity fly!

 

Raven

I’d like to thank everyone for allowing me to participate in this when I was able and allowing me to explore and learn what it means to be a writer. I learned so much from each of you. I wish I could have participated more and returned more often. You are all so amazing and I cannot tell you enough how much this experience meant to me. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of something wonderful and for making me feel welcome. I wish you all many blessings and much success in all your undertakings.

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