Fourteen months ago I decided to start a blog. The initial catalyst was a desire to document my journey through 365 days of sweat in 2013.
I could have also done that with paper and pen, and kept it totally personal. In publishing my words I made my story public, which added a layer of governance.
Type-A me knew that failing on my own would be a tough pill to swallow, but failing in front of others was not an option. So really, dear readers, I used you to hold me accountable. And I’ll bet you never even knew it!
Little did I know, 14 months ago, that my words would reach so many of you. More than I ever imagined or dreamed possible.
In the beginning I thought the most important measure was the total number of followers.
A handful of friends were gracious enough to subscribe, and slowly (very slowly…) that small number grew, until it was in the hundreds. And then it hit me that many eyes were potentially reading my words.
Potentially being the operative word.
I came to realize that while some blogs had thousands of followers, readers didn’t seem to be engaged, as evidenced by very few comments.
And even though my numbers weren’t crazy high, the level of animated conversation, in the form of reader comments, told me that you were engaged and supportive!
So THANK YOU!!!
That you choose to read my often inane, sometimes wildly inappropriate and usually profanity-laced words is so humbling.
So, once again, THANK YOU.
You have generated over 4,000 comments in 14 months. You have visited this silly blog nearly 25,000 times.
But wait…there’s more!
You came from all over the world! Sure, the ginormous bulk of you visited from North America [and by ginormous bulk I refer to the quantity of views, not the girth of the North American people] but just look at some of these amazing and exotic locales you live in!
There are too many of you to thank by name. All my UK peeps know who you are and that I adore you! Same goes for the Aussies!
At the risk of sounding all cloyingly Taylor Swift’ish circa every award acceptance speech she has ever delivered…
….You guys!!! I am blown away by your support!
And I love you very much.
All I need in this life is friends like you.
Well, I need the friends, the food and the clothes, the car, the house with the pool… 😉
Thank you for continuing to support my meandering journey. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Thank you for sharing your stories with me.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.