One More Time, Happily
Yesterday I did a really stupid thing (I do stupid things on a fairly frequent basis) – I looked at my blog stats. It was interesting to me that I have more followers than I ever thought I’d have, more ‘likes’, more comments, etc…And yet, the number of people who check out the blog on a daily basis has gone down since the crazy days of May and early June. It bothered me – albeit briefly. I realized that the select group of people who really do visit, are those who have become incredibly important to me. People who I look forward to reading and hearing from. I anxiously await their perspectives, smile when I see their name in my inbox and welcome them with invisible hugs which are so strong, I wouldn’t be surprised if on occasion, you felt it – wherever you are. So damn the numbers – I have some inspiring, smart, funny, humble, insecure, confident, fretful, contented, beautiful friends (even those who would argue the last point with me – you should know by now, not to do that).
And so it was ironic and timely, that my buddy Rhonda – the glorious writer of HelpMeRhonda.com accorded me with this Reader Appreciation award. Rhonda’s writing is a sensory treat – for it is more than the written word that is eloquently placed. She informs her work with passion and zeal, her pictures burst with color, her laughter audible even though we are states and states removed from each other. When you laugh with Rhonda, you laugh with your belly, and should she be having a day with tears, I find them streaming down my cheeks as well. She knows me well – and prefaced this award with a quick message which acknowledged that she wasn’t going to call on me for one of these awards, but…
So I want to thank my friend Rhonda – for the generous praise which I don’t deserve, but will work to earn – but more importantly for her exquisite timing. I’ve become part of a small, close, transparent community – though all that I can see of it is with my heart.