I recently reached a personal milestone here at blogphilic, and have been meaning to celebrate it with an appreciation post. My regular, occasional, lurking, new, and/or silent readers – everyone, this entry is dedicated especially for you!
While I don’t really trust the numbers on my stats to tell the whole story about my readership, especially regulars since I know that a number of my regulars aren’t WordPress readers – Rosie, Caitlyn, Paloma, Teri and oozzeee, to name a few – and with the sudden increase in new readers for reasons which aren’t clear to me (is this what happens when you start tagging properly? Gives me jitters…), I figured it’s the perfect time to put out this entry.
Initially, I considered organizing a giveaway of my favorite novel to a lucky reader to celebrate this milestone, but decided against it cos it’ll benefit and reach only one supposedly lucky person and nawww, that’s not my intention here. So I have done (okay, compiled) a few things. I figured that surely one of them will appeal to each person.
Things have been particularly rough lately, so please accept my apology for conveniently dumping my emotional baggage here. You’ve got to accept another apology though, cos I’ve no intention to stop chugging them… so subsequently, please accept my sincere thanks for your patience. If you’ve been sticking around for a specific genre of entries – personal, drama-related or whatever else – thank you for putting up with five random entries for every one that you are here for. To everyone – thank you for finding value in my writing and responding to them in your own ways: sharing tales of your own with me to remind me that I’m not alone in my struggles, shaking me out of my reverie and insisting that I stop thinking I am a tragedy, reading and thinking, “Ah, I relate” and maybe even, solidarity through silence.
However and whatever ways you react and respond, the bottom line is: thank you.
I’ve no intentions to get lurkers out of your hiding spots, non-drama readers to jump onboard my crazy drama rants, and drama-readers to understand my personal plights – you are free to read whatever interests you just as I am free to write about whatever interests me, this I hold steadfast and true, but I really want to convey that whatever reasons that have kept you here, long enough that you’re still sticking around – speaking as a writer and most importantly as a person, I appreciate it. I really do, and I want you to know that.
On to the gift-giving, there’s something for everyone!
The first gift is a handwritten thank you note because it is kind of nice to pop in as my normal self and remind everyone (myself included) that I’m not just a pseudonym or a blog space. I’m not some writing robot who randomly pops in here spilling her thoughts for the world to chew on, rather yes, I’m a real person! Yes, I like to keep things personal! Yes, I have a really cool sticky in the form of a typewriter! Side story: I almost wrote thank you for reading me, but I think that just sounds kind of creepy? Ha. Reading me or not, thank you for reading and sticking around here :)
My second gift is my grade-level drawing, drawn using the awesome app Paper. I recreated the design on a thank you card by Rifle Paper Co. which I recently bought from Books Inc., a wonderful bookstore that I really love, located in Mountain View, CA. There’s one in Palo Alto too, but I seem to find more good stuff in the former. Here’s the original…
And here’s what I drew! I’m over the moon for you indeed; thank you :)
If these aren’t your cuppa, allow me to gift you with a photo I took of the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen thus far, carefully handpicked from my travel diaries photo bucket. My wanderlust kindred spirits, this photo was taken at Hanalei Beach in Kauai. The purple hue is breathtakingly beautiful, isn’t it?
If you’ve been here for quotes, I am dedicating this to you – for your kindness, patience, and listening ear: thank you :)
I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people:
that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.
– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
For my lurkers, if there are any – really, it’s okay to continue lurking. Of the million blogs there are out there, thank you for choosing to lurk in blogphilic. I believe there is solidarity in silence, and I feels yours in mine.
There are people who talk so much, but says nothing.
And there are people who says nothing, but his silence screams.– Phelps Schneider
I hope that at least one of my gifts will appeal to each of you. If all else fails – or even if they don’t – here’s the best one, my secret weapon and one that never fails: keeping each of you in my prayers tonight, so sleep soundly ya?
From the bottom of my heart – thank you, everyone!