reveal: i don't believe anyone reads this blog.
ok, not anyone at all －
occasionally, someone will click over
from one of my facebook posts about my latest blog posts
& comment about it on fb.
or i'll run into a friend who says something nice
about my blog & how they enjoy it.
or once in a blue moon, someone will actually comment here.
a few times, it's even been someone i don't already know.
but i've got no evidence to date to indicate that
anyone really reads this with any sort of consistency.
maybe i've just got an audience composed of
thousands of lurkers.
but i think i'm mostly just out here on my own.
[cue anthem from fame.]
[god, i'm old.]
i always say this blog is a labor of love,
something i do just because i love to do it.
i love to write in my own voice
about stuff i'm interested in.
but to be real about it,
i want people to read me.
i want to create a blog that gives
& little slices of everyday joy
[whew － i was beginning to sound
like reverend jesse jackson for a minute]
so i'm exploring how to get there from here.
i'm boning up on blogging
& how the people who do it so well
do it so well.
& a couple of times already, i've come across
this piece of wise counsel:
thank your readers.
& i immediately realized i've never
ever thanked my readers
because i didn't believe i had any [remember?].
so now, here －
like the children of the book/movie
"the polar express," who can hear
the jingle bell ring only if they believe －
i'm choosing to believe you're there,
& i'm saying thank you for being there.
thank you. thank you. thank you.
& if i hear the faint tingaling
of a whispered "you're welcome,"
then at last, i might really believe
& it will be like magic.
we're always proving who we are
always reaching for that rising star
to guide me far & shine me home
out here on my own
helzburg diamonds has designed a line of jewelry － called love, help & hope － especially for people connected to breast cancer [& who isn't somehow, nowadays?]. some of the pieces are quite lovely, & for the next year, helzburg will contribute $5 of every purchase to susan g. komen for the cure, with a $100,000 minimum guaranteed.
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