Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thank You

So this week is Thanksgiving week, and I thought about writing some deep profound post about everything with which God has blessed me. But I have, like, 10 other drafts to finish already, and I have green bean casserole to make.

I still wanted to write a little post about being thankful, though. And I had something really nice and explanatory written out on paper, but I lost it somewhere under Mount I-Got-The-Winter-Sweaters-Out-But-Don't-Want-To-Put-Them-In-The-Closet-Yet. If I find it, maybe I'll post it next year.

Today, though, I'm just here to say two little words:

Thank. You.

I think there's only about 10 people who comment on my blog here, but I just want you 10 people to know how much you mean to me.

When I first started blogging intentionally, I was all about page views and my Google Friend Connect number. My momma was a mommy blogger, so that's all I really knew. And most of the big blogs I read were uber spiritual and/or had all this great advice, or they shared recipes. I'm not good at any of those genres; I just wanted to put some thoughts on "paper" and try to be a bit funny.

But when I joined Kellie Falconer's Literary Heroine Blog Party, it was a like a light bulb went on in my head. I found gals who liked to read books and watch movies and think about them, and nobody told them that they were overthinking them. And I realized that I could blog about books and movies, and that it was not abnormal to love Thor for his heart, and that you can have a reaction to a movie besides "dude that's cool". And these girls were so wise and such good writers, and suddenly I remembered that maybe I could actually write, too.

So I wrote. And you guys were so nice and commented. And you didn't even mind when I vented a bit emotionally. And when I read your blogs, I'm inspired to think about stuff and write about more stuff. To think that this happened in less than a year kind of amazes me, to be honest. In January, I didn't even know you people existed, and here it is November, and I refer to certain statements as "well, my friend said such and so." "Which friend?" "Well, the one from my blog."

So, I'm sure this seems a bit odd, but I mean it as nicely as possible. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts and commenting and emailing. It means a lot to me. Some of you (you know who you are) have no idea how much you've helped me. As as wise person I know once wrote, "DO NOT ever let people tell you that "internet friends" are not "real friends."

I pray God blesses each of you richly, and that you have an abundance of things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.


  1. So well said, Joanna! I know precisely how you feel. It's so amazing how someone you've never met in real life can become such a treasured friend. My life has been blessed more than I could have ever possibly imagined by my blogging friends. And I've most certainly experienced the same situation where I comment to someone that "my online friends said this or that". Whether we ever meet in real life or not, I count each online friend near and dear. :)

    I'm not one of the ten that always comments on here, unfortunately. I only wish I had more time to visit everywhere I want! But when I do catch up, I'm always blessed with a laugh or a swoon or a smile. So thank YOU. For being willing to be brave along with the rest of us blogging folk. And keep up the fun posts! I so enjoy visiting here whenever I can. :)

    1. Exactly. I count my Internet friends near and dear, too. I appreciate their opinions, and I admire their writing abilities. And so I'm humbled when they comment on my stuff. :-)

      The 10 commenters actually does include you. ;-) You're always so good to comment on my stuff, and I smile really big when I get the notify. It'd be pointless to write if y'all didn't read, so thank you. :-)

  2. And thank YOU for becoming such a fun friend!

    Actually, it was a combination of the Literary Heroine Blog Party and a Period Drama Challenge from "Old Fashioned Charm" that got me out of my blogging shell and into interacting with other people who love books and movies and such the way I do. Two years ago instead of this year, but basically the same story.

    And I think it's abnormal NOT to love Thor for his heart. Even Asgardian's age, folks. Some day he's going to be a grizzled old dude, but still have that caramel-gooey heart inside. But I tend to love characters for who they are, not what they look like, so um, yeah...

    1. Awh, you're welcome. :-)

      I've seen stuff about the Period Drama Challenge, but I'm not sure I'm up for that. All the period dramas I've seen are North & South and Austen stuff. But I'm sure it'd be fun to read.

      "Even Asgardian's age, folks." (LOL, I must've worked too much today, because I had to read that 3 times before I got it.) You're right, of course. Same for actors/actresses, too.

    2. I'm not entirely sure why, but I totally missed your reply. Must not have hit the "notify me" box.

      Anyway, the period drama challenge I did was just a six-month affair, but I think there are probably other similar challenges out there. The one I did allowed movies set in any time period up through the 1940s, so I kind of did a lot of westerns, some film noir, and a few costume dramas too :-)

    3. Hunh. Well, you never know, maybe I could get into it, too. If I was a free woman. ;-) Next spring, I'll up to my nose in clinicals.