Thank you, all you lovely, lovely people!
I woke up this morning to see I had 1002 followers. It completely blows my mind when I think that 1000 people are in some way notified when I post something. That that many people are interested in my thoughts and my creations.
I’m really a word person, and not at all a numbers person. I see numbers and my brain sort of shuts down. So I don’t really pour over my stats in any way, and I don’t fully understand them. I don’t know how many of you follow me for my fiction, for my poetry or for my more traditional, journal-style posts.
What I do understand and deeply appreciate are the important basics: the number of you who follow my blog, the number of you who “like” my various posts, and the interesting and interested comments you leave for me.
When I began this blog, I couldn’t quite imagine who would follow me. I was surprised when I received the first few follows, and was delighted to connect with more and more of you as the months passed. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you through your comments and through your own writing. As many have said before, it really is the community and the supportive networks that make blogging such a pleasure.
I think I gain far more satisfaction from the immediacy of our interactions, from your likes and comments, than I would from pulling together a traditional book, going through the rigamarole of finding agents and editors and publishers, and publishing it. Sure, it would be nice to see my name on a volume sitting on a shelf in a bookstore, but this blogging experience is so supportive and so responsive that I get more out of it, honestly, than I would out of going the traditional route.
Some of you have become friends, too, which underlines this point even further. I put a lot of my inner thoughts, the real me, out there day after day, and those of you who read my words know me in a way that others, those with whom I interact on a surface-level in my daily life, cannot.
Whether we interact off-line or not, I am delighted to hear from you, to read your own work, to let you into my little world and to be admitted into yours.
Speaking of which, I think I will now make myself a coffee and sit down to read everything you’ve written over the past day or so. I’m really looking forward to it!
Thank you all for dropping by.
~ Silverleaf xo