#WATWB: The End is not the End

“Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don’t really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way. Ends are not bad and many ends aren’t really an ending; some things are never-ending.”

― C. JoyBell C.

In early 2017, two women – Damyanti Biswas and Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen – came up with an idea for a monthly blogfest that would promote positivity and light in a world filled with too much darkness. Bloggers would share a positive story (person, place, organization, etc.) on the last Friday of every month in order to displace some of the ugliness of the world.

We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) came to fruition at the end of March, 2017, and the response was great. The blog posts from around the world were beacons of light, focusing on heart-warming and inspiring stories of love, life and hope. At its peak, #WATWB was attracting 50 or more bloggers every month, with posts being shared via Facebook, Twitter and re-blogs. I was excited and honored to be asked to share hosting duties of reading and commenting on the posts of other bloggers. This was not a “job,” but rather a way to see the world differently and to embrace its wonderful people, communities and their combined actions that make the world a better place.

In the beginning, the goal was to make this a year-long blogfest. However, due to continued interest, one year turned into two, then three, then four and lastly five years. This month marks the five year anniversary of the start of #WATWB and, unfortunately, its end as well. As bloggers and their lives became busy and involved with work and family, interest waned and our once large group of participants has become just a handful of bloggers with an extra bit of time.

Along with Damyanti and Belinda, #WATWB has had help in the form of Ashlynn Waterstone, who kept the #WATWB private and community Facebook pages updated. We have had a number of hosts, including Sylvia McGrath, Eric Lahti, Dan Antion, Lizbeth Hart, and others that I apologize to for not listing. We were all part of a community of bloggers with good intentions to make people smile and soften hearts. As I said before, I am honored to have been a part of #WATWB and serve as host. Even in times when I don’t feel like writing or life is busy or complicated, I keep this community and their positivity in my heart.

I’m not sharing another positive story because this is my positive story. Keeping an eye on what’s good and right in the world has helped to keep me from focusing too much on what isn’t right. While I have been limiting exposure to the nightly news as the war in Ukraine is making me deeply sad, I find joy in the world that supports the Ukranians with direct donations, GoFundMe pages, organizations on the ground, or with small businesses that donate proceeds from blue and yellow candles or the sale of cheese. There IS good in the world, if only we could witness more of it in people, communities and countries.

While #WATWB is ending, it does not prevent me or other bloggers from continuing to focus on positivity and goodness – the hopeful and endearing stories from the human race. I encourage my readers to do the same, whether through blogging, a Facebook or Twitter post, or a simple photo of happiness on Instagram. The world needs more of this right now – a runway-bright light to break up the darkness and show us how to land in peace.

Remember, the end is not the end, only the beginning of something new.

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.” ~Belinda Witzenhausen~

If you would like to join in with posting for #WATWB or simply spread some joy on Facebook or Twitter, please click HERE for more information, guidelines and the hosts for this month’s event. You can go HERE to be part of the #WATWB Community Facebook page, where monthly posts congregate for your reading pleasure.

This month’s post falls on Friday, March 25, 2022. Sylvia McGrath (https://www.professorowlsbookcorner.com ) and Belinda Witzenhausen (https://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com/) will be co-hosting.

32 responses to #WATWB: The End is not the End

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I agree, Judy. The news too often focuses mainly on the bad – wars, crime, weather events – which we do need to hear about. However, I think there could be more moderation with positive stories mixed in. Perhaps, then, we wouldn’t be turning off the news so often.

  1. Dan Antion says:

    WATWB has been wonderful blogfest, Mary. I have enjoyed reading stories about the bright spots in the news that all too often is buried under the sensational headlines or the stories that can be twisted for political gain.

    The community supporting this effort is comprised of some of the best people on earth. This past year, it has been difficult for me to post on Friday, but posts on Sunday, Monday and one post on Tuesday have been welcomed with wonderful support.

    I think the best thing about this effort has been the people behind it. As you point out, that is something that is not ending. Thank you for your support of this blogfest. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Hi Dan! Thanks for your continued participation in WATWB, even though you have your hands full with Thursday doors and regular blog posts.

      I agree that WATWB has included so many wonderful people and blogs and it’s allowed us to make new friends and explore all that is good in the world. It most definitely beats the sadness of the world news.

      Have a great weekend!

  2. Maggie says:

    Such a beautiful tribute, Mary, and I agree. This is one of the best good news stories possible.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Through WATWB, Maggie, I think we have a group of amazing bloggers who will keep up the good work in whatever positive posts they deem worthy of sharing. There is enough bad news in the world without us adding to it, right?

  3. fruitcrmble says:

    thank you for being willing to keep posting and moving towards the positive side and light. I’m finding i need constant reminders of the good in the world. Thank you for your help.

  4. Susan Scott says:

    Thanks Mary, the quote by C.JoybellC is so true. It’s been such an honour to have been part of #WATWB and help spread some light showing that there’s much good afoot. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  5. Thank you for all the wonderful stories you have shared through the blogfest Mary. It is always heart-warming to see there’s still plenty of good in the world. Today’s post is a fitting tribute and we shall raise a glass in celebration and gratitude tonight. Wishing you and Gibbs a happy Friday and a peaceful weekend too 💕🐈 xxx

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you so much, Xenia. I hope all of our posts the last five years have contributed to a warm, positive feeling for all who came to engage. Sending peaceful wishes in return for you, hubby and the pups.

  6. Thanks so much! You’re right it may be the end of the blogfest but I know what I learned in the process will be carried with me into other projects. You’ve been such an amazing part of #WATWB and we couldn’t have done as much as we did without bloggers such as yourself working with each other to share a little light in the world, a huge THANK YOU. ☺️🤗

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Belinda! I would do it again in a heartbeat, but it’s probably a good thing to let it go so that we can all seek our own personal positivity in the months and years to come. At least we can continue to be engaged on Facebook, whether it’s a heart-warming story or a silly cat meme. 🙂

  7. dweezer19 says:

    I’m sorry I’ve not been able to participate beyond the first year. I always enjoyed the posts though. 🤗❤️

  8. murisopsis says:

    Sad to hear that this spot of positivity has faded away. However the ability to put that light into the blogosphere hasn’t ended! Shine on!!

  9. Ally Bean says:

    Thank you for getting me involved in WATWB. I contributed to it for one year then went on to enjoy it from afar. You’re right of course, no need to stop sharing positive stories. Just be more independent about it.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That is what we intend to do, Ally – keep being positive and share the feel good stories with others.

  10. JoAnna says:

    I believe WATWB was part of a bigger movement of people tired of the lopsided focus media has had on the negative. There are more and more good news services emerging as we learn we need balance to be healthy and whole. Thank you for being part of the hope, Mary.

  11. hilarymb says:

    Hi Mary – thanks for taking on the mantle of # WATWB – once started I really enjoyed it and was grateful it pushed me out to note interesting and positive things from all around the world … it’s been really encouraging, eye-opening and I’m so pleased you and all the hosts have inspired us – I’ll keep going on my blog … I don’t do FB … but hope we’ll continue to share. Take care and all the best – Hilary


    • bikerchick57 says:

      Hilary, it’s been a fun ride with WATWB and I’m glad you were part of it. Thanks for your part with sharing positive stories and I hope we do stay connected on the blogosphere.

  12. Thank you so much Mary. for sharing this and other positive stories, over the past five years. I am sure like me others found your pages uplifting and their lives a lot brighter after reading them. I hope you will stay connected by on the blogosphere.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m not going anywhere, Sylvia. I hope to keep posting positive stories on my blog for the sake of what WATWB started.

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