Thank You

Most bloggers, like most people, are motivated by social status and wealth. I get contacted all the time by bloggers who want to teach me how to monetize my blog in three easy steps.

I write because we are social beings and writing is one especially beautiful way to deepen relationships and create lasting community. Like the wannabe Stoic that I am, I try to write twice a week immune to the humble blog’s statistics. But I’m only partially successful. I like peeking at the changing number of visitors  and where all over the world readers live. Truth be told, even worse, my blogging enthusiasm ebbs and flows in part based on the vagaries of your reading preferences.

Thank you for visiting this calendar year. I wish it didn’t matter, but it does. Thanks to everyone that took time to comment through the year. And thanks to Don for being my editor extraordinaire. And most importantly, thanks to everyone who is able to tell me in person that they have read a recent post. That’s the most positive encouragement I receive. It’s one thing to look at a bar graph with “page views”, it’s a whole different thing to see individuals behind the numbers. I wish my motivation was completely intrinsic, but I imagine that will remain an elusive ideal. Your participation matters, so thank you.

My goal for 2014 is to stay the course, by which I mean share insights about families, schools, and communities that illuminate and inspire. I hope you achieve whatever is most important to you and yours in 2014.

I was going to recreate this vid, but I couldn’t find a tutu that would fit or a white horse. God bless the carnies.

5 thoughts on “Thank You

  1. If you video-blog your amazing dance moves, your stats would increase for sure!
    Your words always inspire. I’ll faithfully read as long as you faithfully write.

    • You’re too kind. I recently tore a calf muscle running too many hills so my dance moves are a wee bit less amazing than normal. Nothing that would keep me from dropping in on that Facebook wave though. I’m a legend in my own mind.

  2. My feeling towards blogging are quite similar to yours, wishing I was not in the least bit motivated by those pesky site stats, but knowing that in part I am. I blog because I love writing, love capturing the simple snippets of my family’s life, and thoroughly enjoy the community I have found here.
    And if you don’t mind me saying, I am rather relieved that you were unable to located an appropriately fitting tutu and a white horse, for if you had, I would not have been able to stop myself from watching your recreation of the video.

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