I’m constantly amazed by the Personal Connections that this blog has given me. I’ve met some amazing people with amazing stories. And, I love this community of friends that have grown out of just a “simple” computer.
When you meet someone for the first time you may notice a chemistry. You instantly like some people. You’re drawn to them. Somehow, it’s the same thing when you write a blog. Some other bloggers are instantly attractive to you. Maybe it’s the content of their writing. I mean, if I write about healthy foods and so does that other person, I might like them. But, I think, there’s more to it than that.
Maybe it’s how they talk. Their style? The sound of their “voice”? I’m not sure. But, there is a sound to a writer’s voice even in the written word. Some writers are funny. Take Mark Twain, I think we can all agree that he had a certain voice about him, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant. Some writers are serious or straight-to-the-point. Some bloggers have amazing photos. And delicious looking food!
Maybe it’s the feedback that they give you or the way they interact that makes them interesting. Maybe it’s their honesty or their kind words.
I’ve had some wonderfully amazing interactions with people who I never would have met if I didn’t have this blog. I have a friend in Tasmania (that’s almost completely on the other side of the world from me). I have a few buddies on the other side of this country, and some in the Southern states. A few friends in Canada. There’s the wonderful Italian Cook; there’s the feminist up north, and there’s the mom in the city a couple over from me that I’ve probably walked past in the farmer’s market, but don’t actually know her to say hi. I’ve connected with people on Facebook, on Pinterest, Instagram, and on my blog.
All these wonderful people coming together that make these connections. It’s amazing. And, I bet that if I told any of them that I was going to be in their town, they’d invite me out for coffee or maybe even over for dinner. They open their hearts all the time on their blogs. They share their happy times and maybe their not-so-happy times. Most importantly, they share their time! And, time is such a precious resource. What a wonderful gift these people give, and they give it so freely to so many people; people who are strangers.
I guess my point is that I want to take some time and thank all of you. Those of you who read my blog. Those of you who cook my recipes. Those who take the time to write comments on my blog! Those of you who have shared your friendship, your stories, and your talents. My bloggy friends who write, cook, and photo. Thank you. I wish I could thank all of you by name and by blog, but alas, the list would be very very long, as there are many wonderful bloggers and writers and cooks that I would thank.
I learn so much from you, from all of you!
And, a little encouragement for all my blogger friends of you. Sometimes I hear you get down because the page views aren’t there, or the pictures aren’t as pretty as you’d like. Or there was some nasty comment. Heck, I think anyone would benefit from watching these videos. They are great uplifting reminders. Well, I saw this awesome article from No Film School. I highly encourage you to take a little time and watch both of these videos. They are great!
It included these two videos: Part 1
And Part 2:
Thanks for reading, and for being here!