WordPress recently informed me that my blog is getting a new follower practically every day, which is interesting. I mean, this isn’t Twitter, where a few characters grab your attention and you hit that follow button. You have to actually read my article to want to follow me, and most if not all of these followers are fellow bloggers. I am starting to push the 350 mark, and these folks are from all over the globe, which I just think is so cool. Like, I’ve had a reader in Malta for several years and I don’t know if it’s one person or a couple, but either way…Hello!! I think about you all the time!
I do. I think about my readers a lot. And so…
Dear Constant Reader (as Steve would say,)
Hello again, friend. I see you. I see you each Monday and Thursday when my page views skyrocket and I get the little list of countries across the world that are reading my words. I see you each week when I get my rundown report from WordPress, and it tells me how you found me or where you went, and if you liked what you saw. I see you. (But not like…in a creepy way.)
I have kept this blog for a few years now, maybe four I think, and I have been growing it in my head for so long, that it is beautiful to me that you would stop and give a portion of your day to my thoughts. How selfless that is in its way, and how much it means to me.
I can write books, and I can publish poems, and I can Facebook and tweet and TikTok, but I don’t get the love from there that I get from here. I don’t have randoms stumbling across a post they connect with and then suddenly following me and devouring half my work in one sitting. That only happens with my blogs, this one especially. I have been keeping blogs for over 20 years now, and I have never seen the successes I have with this one. That is because of you.
I write for you, in here. Not for myself even, or any kind of notoriety at all, but because there is someone out there who likes what I have to say, or at the very least, wants to hear it; wants to listen. I write conversationally here, because I feel I am conversing with you, doing this with you, not alone. And I thank you for that.
Lately my posts are a little short, because I am going so hard on my novel right now, which is just swimming right along, but my blog is still the most important thing I write. It is my soapbox that I pull out and stand on, it is my diary where I divulge my secrets, it is my old friend who knows me better than I know myself. And you, constant reader…it would be nothing were it not for you. So…thanks.