Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016

Have you heard about Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year? This year it's not a word at all! It's the Tears of Joy Emoji. According to Oxford, this emoji best represents the moods and preoccupations of 2015.

This year is coming to a close, and it's time to starting thinking about 2016. Instead of writing New Year's resolutions, one entrepreneur recommends thinking of a Word of the Year to "be, do, and have". I'm going to try this for 2016, and I hope you'll join me. 

Your Task: 

1. Think about one word that will define you in 2016. This word can be your #1 goal (Mexico), a hope (peace), or a personality trait (mischievous) that you hope to possess. 

2. Open a new blog post. Use the title Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016 - (Add word here)

3. Write a post describing why you chose this word. Include an emoji or image to help define your word and plans.

4. Share a link to your post in the comments below. Be sure to read my example, because it contains some important news. 

My Example

My Word of the Year for 2016 - Change

It is with sadness and gladness that I announce my Word of the Year for 2016: Change.

For the past 12 years, I've worked closely with Josef Essberger to help build and develop EnglishClub, the world's premier free site for English learners and teachers. In those years, I've enjoyed every project we've worked on from The Learning English Video Project to the Weekly News reports.

Developing and interacting with the MyEnglishClub community has been the most rewarding part of my EnglishClub journey. We started with a handful of learners and teachers in 2008, and have grown into a large, supportive, and creative community with members from all over the world. 

Sadly, every great chapter must come to an end. 

In 2016, I will be taking on a full-time position at an ELT publishing company here in Canada. This is an exciting change for me, and I am grateful for the opportunity.  

Even though I will no longer be the administrator of MyEC, I will check in on you all whenever I can. I hope some of our most active bloggers, members, and mods will continue to inspire and challenge you to practise your English in this fun, interactive, and supportive environment.

I'd like to say a special thank you to Josef as well as to all of the mods and active members who have helped run this club over the years. Please continue your great work, and promise to keep in touch.

I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and change-filled (insert your own word) 2016. 

Cheers to change and new beginnings,


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  • Hello & greetings to everybody,

    I'm so sorry, cause I wasn't too more on EC. Oh, life, sweet life! I'm a human who must decide how and what to do to program myself time, so at least one hour a day to be on EC, to read, to learn more things so pleasant and extremely clever, very useful written by you dear Tara and all of you my peers, my friends. I haven't did the theme, but I will endeavor to do one and I'll post it here. Dear teacher Tara, heartily thank you for the whole great work which you did to all of us! I want to congratulate you for the new position that you won in the company! The same I wish you a blessed life, filled with joy, fulfillment and much health for the next wonderful years which will to come into your life! For the moment, I made one promise to myself and I will not have to deny it, namely, that I must to learn more and more in English because it is a nice language that I love so much! I love you Tara, wishing you good luck! God bless you and the whole your way ahead in life! Wishing to all of you, to all our dearest ones a Happy, Blessed New Year! Sending to all of you on EC a big hug!

    I love  emoji "Tears of Joy"!  2643517771?profile=original2643517741?profile=originalI love This Emoji! Again, thank you dear Tara!

  • Yehey though TARA is mad at me atleast appreciated me http://www.myenglishclub.com/profiles/blogs/writing-challenge-my-wo...

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  • thx a lot
  • Thanks Tara for all you have done for us.

    Here is my post.


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  • Hello Tara,

    here is my blog:


    Wish you good luck at your new working place and hope to see you here sometimes!!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  • Dear Teacher,. 

    I almost forget to submit mine, hehe 


    Have a happy holiday :)

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  • Dear Tara!

    Thank you for inspiring me in many ways! I wish you success and fulfillment in your new journey.

    Here's my writing challenge entry.

    Have a blessed Christmas and a fruitful 2016 ahead!


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  • Tara, will be missing u :) wishing u all the best and success for your life ahead, thanks!
    hug hug

  • Dear Tara,

    Here's my farewell treat to you.  Hope you'll remember "her" when you are in your new "world" already.  Hoping you'll not forget to visit her here also whenever you can.

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  • Good day Tara!

    Wishing you all the best in 2016th year and hope changes in your life lead only to good things:)

    Here is my piece of participation: 

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