I don’t have a lot of time to write today, either – and it’s possible this will be my last blog of the week. Where I’m going (i.e. the deepest, darkest countryside!), they don’t have a reliable internet connection…
I wanted to devote this short note to saying ‘thank you’ to everyone who has taken the time over the past month or so to check in here and keep me company. Last night, this blog ticked over into the 2,000s – in other words, more than 2,000 people have looked at it since I set it up just about five weeks ago. I can see that a lot of my readers come from Australia and Canada, several in the United States, India, Pakistan, Korea – even Hong Kong! I’ve had people reading me in Switzerland, Belgium and – of course – my ‘home islands’, the United Kingdom, and my own beloved Ireland. When I started this venture, I thought maybe my mother and my mother-in-law, along with some of my stalwart friends, would occasionally take a look at this blog, but that for the most part I’d be talking into a void. Instead, I’ve ‘met’ wonderful people from all over the globe, and I’ve had the privilege of taking a peek into their lives and journeys via their own blogs, and it has been an exhilarating experience.
I don’t ordinarily count myself among those who think that technology is an indispensable part of modern life – usually, I fear we’ve lost something intimate and kind in this digital, screened age in which we live. It makes me sad to see people preferring to look at their tablet than the real world, and it really makes me sad to see people texting, or otherwise using their ‘smart’phones, instead of engaging with another person. In relation to this blog, however, I’m willing to admit my initial misgivings were far wide of the mark – you might remember one of my earliest blogs discussed my fears and insecurities around blogging. I now know that writing here, gaining regular readers, commenters and friends, has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever been able to do. Some of the kindest and most supportive feedback I’ve had on this blog has come from people who don’t know me, in the traditional sense, and for whom I’m just a collection of blobs on a website. I truly couldn’t have imagined that so many people would want to read what I have to say, and I hope that my posts here will continue to be interesting. I hope that, over the next few months, I’ll have lots to blog about, and it would be brilliant to have you all along for the journey.
Thank you all, most sincerely. I’m just an ordinary gal, trying to do her best, and it’s so good to know I’m not the only one out there. Have some flowers, and Happy Thursday!