There are many reasons why bloggers choose to blog.
Some do it because it’s a great way to practice writing skills.
Others do it because blogging can be a great creative outlet.
And some aspiring writers do it because it’s important for them to have both a blog and a regular readership.
Nevertheless, there are also some who do it because blogging is a great way to build friendships.
I am one of those people.
When I first started blogging, my readership consisted of the Daughter, who read every now and then and rarely commented, my sister, who read rarely but commented every time she read, and the Significant Other and the Son, who never read but were forced to listen to my posts as soon as I wrote them.
This quickly changed as more people began to read my blog.
As my readership grew, my family members seemed to disappear into the woodwork, never to be seen again.
You’d think this would make me sad, but it doesn’t.
I’ve come to realize that you can’t force people to do what you want them to do.
Actually, you could, but the results would not be pretty.
But I digress.
My point is that even while family members pulled a disappearing act, it didn’t matter.
Because I discovered that in other bloggers, not only did I have readers, but also friends.
Sadly, I have yet to meet any of the lovely people who take the time to read my posts, or leave a thoughtful comment.
Nevertheless, when I read a comment left by one of my readers, I feel like a dear friend has left me his or her thoughts.
With this in mind, I have something I want to say to you all.
I marvel at the encouragement and support your words inspire.
I get emotional whenever I read the lovely words you leave on the pages of this blog.
I sigh at the wisdom and intelligence exhibited by your remarks.
I giggle, chuckle, and laugh out loud as I read your funny comments.
Yes, we may not have met, but every one of you feels like an old friend.
Time after time, I have wondered what it would be like to host a party where you’re all invited; to sit down for a cup of tea or coffee; to laugh over a glass of vino.
I wonder what makes you laugh, smile, and cry.
I sigh as I realize that we are separated by many miles; every one of us living in a different city, a different country, a different continent.
I pondered this tonight as I lay out the items needed for tomorrow’s dinner.
And it occurred to me that today was the perfect time to express my feelings.
This post came together in a matter of minutes.
Because that’s what happens when you speak from the heart.
Tonight, I wish to express my gratitude.
I am grateful for your readership.
I am grateful that you take the time to comment.
But more than anything, I am grateful for your friendship.
To all those who celebrate Thanksgiving, Roxy and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
And to everyone else, Happy Thursday!