TODAY’S FORECAST: Thankful
I got an email yesterday from a reader who will remain anonymous on the blog, but who has kindly allowed me to share one of his comments that he sent to me personally.
Jennifer, just a personal observation so feel free to take it or leave it. I really like the raw, emotional, jagged content you write. Not that I’m suggesting that all the things you write aren’t emotion-inducing, but sometimes when you genuinely, emotionally commit to a topic, it definitely shows…Keep up the great work, love the blog so far. You are batting 1000!
During the remainder of the email, he went on to point out some of his favorite posts and why they were his favorites, as well as some that just didn’t resonate with him personally.
I have to say I was both impressed and humbled. I was impressed because I absolutely loved the honesty and sincerity of his feedback, and I truly hope I get more of it, from all of you! It was well-written, very constructive and timely. I was humbled because I appreciated the fact that he took the time to not only make my blog part of his day, but also to write me with specific feedback that he felt would make it more sound. This is not one of my family members or close friends; it is a follower I picked up upon “liking” a comment on another blogger’s post — a perfect stranger, if you will, at least until now. 🙂 I am so proud that I am attracting this kind of readership, from people who are comfortable offering their personal opinions of what makes this blog work or not work for them, but who are also open enough to appreciate that I need to tell my story, in my own way.
Today, I just want to tell you all how thankful I am for those of you who are still reading and sharing my posts. We’re literally “batting 1000” at over 1,000 hits, with readership all over the world! ! I am very grateful and thankful for this audience. The original reasons for starting the blog were purely selfish, to tell my story and raise CF awareness, share my faith and to not have to pay a therapist (Gotcha, with that last one, didn’t I? ;-)), but it has very quickly become so much more. I am so honored that you each of you is continuing to find something to read here. I can’t always promise “jagged and raw,” but I will try to be genuine and God-honoring. While I accept that I won’t always have the perfect post or the next inspirational revelation of the century, I am truly grateful for your readership, your feedback and support. God Bless you all and thanks so much for reading. Stay with me, won’t you? 🙂