It takes a lot of energy to blog regularly and, often, there's very little feedback. Of course there are comments, but they're usually limited to opinions on our outfits, etc. They rarely extend into emotional affirmations.
At times, I sometimes feel my efforts here exist in a vacuum. Yes, people follow me, but do they care? Do they appreciate the hours I spend conceiving and executing new ideas?
Until recently, I couldn't tell. There was a void of real feedback to gauge my impact on the world.
I probably shouldn't be so emotional but that's who I am. I've been accused of being "too sensitive" my whole life. For a boy, being sensitive is classified as a felony crime, punishable by ostracism, so I learned to bottle up my neediness and keep it hidden.
A little while ago, when questioning my choice to put precious energy into this blog, I received an unexpected e-mail from a regular reader, Joni. She told me how much she likes my posts and how she'd miss them if I stopped. Joni's message hit me like a tsunami. It was a wave of warm love that washed over me and generated much good feeling. I appreciated her short, simple message and her encouragement will fuel my enthusiasm for blogging for a long time.
This positive experience led me to start including something new in my comments on other people's blogs. In addition to commenting on their posts, I add how much the blogger means to me and how grateful I am for their presence in my life. It's natural to say this because I feel it in my heart. Those of you whose blogs I follow are VERY important to me emotionally.
Based on my joyous reaction to Joni's message, I want to encourage the rest of you to follow her lead. When you comment on your favorite blogs, consider adding a line about how much you like the blogger. Tell her that. Don't assume she knows 'cause, even if she does, maybe she's going through a rough patch or can just use an emotional pick-me-up. Life is hard and we can all use some support.
Spread the love, buddies. Make a blogger happy today.