coming out party
Hello friends, old and new. Happy November.
So I have a confession to make.
Since I started this blog last year, I’ve never paid much attention to my readership. That’s not to say I don’t keep track of my regular readers. I love when you come by to check on me (hi!). I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I really love it when you leave comments too. It’s like reaching through the big bright box to tell me you’re there, you’re listening and sharing my story, however painful or exciting it may be on any given day…
That way I also know who you are. At least a little bit.
I am so grateful for the readers that have been with me since the beginning of my web journey, and for friends I’ve made along with way. At the same time, I love that I’ve picked up new readers as my own story has evolved and unfolded.
I think there’s been a subtle change in my readership during the course of the year as I’ve shifted from treatment (and failure) to our new path of adoption. That’s only natural, since I read so many different blogs too. It’s hard to keep up with everyone, of course. And sometimes it’s hard to follow stories that are so very different from our own, for so many reasons… But I digress.
My point is that I gain so much from nearly everyone I’ve interacted with in this community — from my virtual friends, both old and new. Yet I really have no idea who else reads this besides the people who comment. And sometimes there are a lot of you, from all over the world. Check this out — I love that thing!
Of course I’m aware that some people find this place by accident — e.g., the person searching for baby blessing rituals must have realized s/he was in the wrong place, but to the person searching for “birthday depressed infertile,” I hear you, sister (or brother). And that list just goes on…
And while it would be nice to know that our moms are not reading this, I’m actually far more interested in who IS reading.
So, I’m having a little coming out party this week. I’m asking you, dear readers, to come on out and say hello. I make a mean molten chocolate cake and serve good wine and cocktails. It’s a party, but you don’t have to dress up or say anything clever. It doesn’t matter if you have a blog or not, if you’re a guy or a girl, infertile or have five kids. Just come on down and introduce yourself. Pretty please? Or not. No pressure.
I’m just so curious — who are the readers from Europe and Asia, even the Middle East? Who’s reading in Canada, the midwest, southwest, and the good ole south? Maybe folks from neighboring towns have found me too?
Of course I already know some of you, but not everyone. I am fascinated by where you are, what you’re looking for, and whether you’re finding it, here or elsewhere.
I’m sure there is an official “de-lurking” day or week in the blogosphere, but I have no idea when it is. Besides, why wait? Don’t be shy, just say hi!
And as a wise friend once used to tell me, “just remember, you can always leave.”