I am so grateful to all of the wonderful bloggers and web-surfers out there who have viewed, commented or helped me with my site. What an outpouring of ideas, encouragements, and general thumbs-up…my blog had its most hits today, and I know it reached its peak with help from certain individuals:
Nazia, who has offered such inspirational comments on many of my posts. I almost feel like I’m hosting another blog: her words are quite moving, and if you feel so inclined, take a look at some of the things she has had to say.
Jamie, from The New Hampshire Writers’ Network, who was kind enough to drop me a note with suggestions on my blog, even though I was a complete stranger to her at the time. I will be incorporating many of her ideas into the site over the weekend.
Ferabeth, over at A Happy One: Hooks, Books & Saving the World. Without ever making contact with me, she blogged about my blog…perhaps I’m still green at this art of online writing, but I got TONS of “warm fuzzies” (as she likes to call them) when I saw this. You can read the post here, and check out her other postings, too. I have a feeling we share similar views on enjoying the small things in life and finding our own “warm fuzzies” for the day!
Nghiand04, ragrobyn, dyosefina, miluko, Teri, ancaparema, Justin Toussant, and Heidi for being amongst my first commenters (and therefore, Support Team) and my first blogging friends. A little note of a appreciation, from me to you…
I’m learning more and more that the art of blogging really involves a reciprocation of kindness and generosity: you comment on someone’s post, they turn around and comment on yours. At the very least, the most polite blogger will surf to the page of their commenters to check it out and give the hit counter a boost. I plan to blog all about this revelation at some point, but for the meantime, I will just say that I am positively surprised by the amount of personal consideration here on the Blog-O-Sphere. My RAC for the day also takes into account personal consideration, but on a more intimate level.
Thank You Notes: how often do you receive these? How often do you send these? Do you send them only to show appreciation for a gift or service? How often do you send these…just because?
I know, personally, that a.) I don’t receive thank you notes that often, b.) I send them when I can, but certainly not often enough, c.)I usually do only send them for an appreciated gift or act, and d.) I never send them “just because.” I certainly make an attempt to verbally thank people for even the slightest kindness, but somehow I forget to take that extra step and send my thanks via United States Postal Service.
And when you think about it…what is the slightest kindness? What is something people do everyday without really thinking about it? What is a service rendered that typically requires no thanks at all? That, dear Watson, is the golden treasure of friendship…
Tonight, I decided to change that trend. I decided to send a random thank you note to a friend. Just a card to express my appreciation for everything they do…kind of like when a boss sends an encouraging “keep up the great work!” memo to their Employee of the Month. And I began with a person who I owe a considerable amount of thanks to:
The Mom deserves an entire blog dedicated to what an incredible woman she is. Mere words cannot describe the love I have for her, and yet, I can’t seem to remember the last time I actually thanked her for all of her love, patience, kindness, generosity, fortitude, and Mom-ness she exudes day to day. Not to mention her tenacity in dealing with my bottomless pit of college debt, her flair for interior decorating, and the God-given ability to perfectly iron everything. I think she’s a super hero in disguise. And I’m pretty sure she could kick Superman’s ass, plus still have time to go home and make pumpkin ginger cookies with cinnamon frosting…and balance the budget.
So, this note will actually be hand-delivered to her tomorrow, as I will be making a short trek home over the weekend. She deserves so much more than this, ‘cause hey…her role as a mother really is like a boss, sometimes: she works hard to ensure I am functioning well, she always puts in overtime, she pushes me to succeed, and she usually buys me doughnuts. Hey Mom…keep up the great work.
RAC #15: Sending a random thank you note to a friend (or The Mom)
Result: I realize how much I really do appreciate her and how I need to verbalize it more, “warm fuzzies”