It’s been a weird, wonderful, messed up ride. I have loved every moment of it, and that is because of you. I have always said that I ran this blog for myself, and that I would never let numbers or feedback dictate content. I said that I would be myself and say as I like, even if it ticked some people off and cost me readership. And it did. And I’m okay with that because you, YOU are here with me. How do I say thank you for something like that?
Google analytics repeatedly informs me that I do not have the biggest blog running, however, my loyalty and return visitor rate is significantly higher than most other bloggers in this genre. In web terms, that says a lot. Is it rude to compare myself to others? Yes. But I’m okay with it today because I’m not really comparing myself, I’m comparing my audience. I am comparing you. And Sweetums, you are The Best.
Most other bloggers would kill to have an audience as awesome, informed, and engaged as you. I know some bloggers who hate reading their comments and filtering through their social media responses, afraid of what they will find. You guys never make me do that. And on the rare occasion someone does say something unhelpful/mean/nasty, you guys hop on their ass before I even get a chance to read it. You share your thoughts, your insight, your experiences. Even those of you who never comment (anywhere), take the time to email me your ideas, like two old pals swapping recipes. I feel like we are family but we don’t even know each other. You have been good to me when I deserved it least. You keep coming back week after week, even when I spout off horse crap and make way too many typos.
I am so thankful to have you in my life.
Expressions of gratitude don’t really cut it here, and they just don’t make Hallmark cards for this occasion, so I’ll say this one more time and hope that you know how much I mean it: Thank you.
Happy birthday to us.