I realize I'm a mere "babe in the woods" as it relates to writing posts on a blog.
However, little did I know five years ago when I started posting that it would impact my life as much as it has.
BillieBlog is responsible. Thank you Billie. I first tried in September 2006. Very tentatively and decided I just couldn't do it. Then in January 2007 I jumped in with a very short post. The rest is history.
At this point, today, this is the 987th post. Good grief, what could I have said in five years and 986 posts? I doubt anythng of substantial earth shattering information. I think of my blog as a "fluff" blog. It's just about whatever comes to mind.
The most important thing for me is that it started out as a cathartic exercise. It worked. The amazing thing is the wonderful people who I have met through these posts. It is very heartwarming.
In the last couple of months, I received an email from a woman who discovered the blog. She went back and read all 900 and something posts. I was flabbergasted. We have emailed back and forth. As I write this, this couple are here in San Miguel looking at property with the thought of moving here from the Santa Barbara area of California!
I had dinner with them Sunday evening. Because both had read the posts, they knew everything about me and it was as though we had known each other forever. Quite a unique experience.
I've had similar experiences like that over the last five years. Each time it suprises me that the written word can have an impact even when that isn't your intention. Pretty powerful stuff.
I can't compare to those who write beautiful prose and blogs such as Rancho Santa Clara and The Unseen Moon. Their writing is like liquid gold to my mind. Mine, to me, is clunky in comparison.
Of course, I didn't start writing for it to be a literary spectacle. I started writing to reopen my heart to life. The blog and you have succeeded in doing that totally.
Thank you for coming by from time to time!