Last month I reached a blogging milestone, thanks to you, dear readers.
I had over a million hits.
So, then I panicked. I felt like I needed to step it up a notch.
I mean, maybe I should really consider becoming a Shabby Apple affiliate, or advertising, or writing positive blog reviews on my free stroopwafel maker I got so I would do a review on it. (That hasn’t yet happened, but I don’t think anyone would trust me with a stroopwafel maker, anyway.)
I don’t know.
Maybe I should be attending a blogging conference or something.
I mean, time to take it to the next level, right?
But, you know, I just like things the way they are (although I think I will be posting more frequently). I like feeling like I am having a chat with a small group of amazing women (and sometimes men), in my living room, sipping hot cocoa while the kids are in bed and I love it.
I like that it feels intimate, when so many places on the web just…don’t.
Does it feel intimate? I don’t know…I hope I’m not the only one who feels that way.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to all the people who have prayed for me and my family, sent me lovely gifts (for which I never seem to get out thank you cards), and generally just continue to change my life in so many uplifting and positive ways.
You are wonderful and I love you.
And, maybe I will try to step it up a notch. My goal for this blog has always been that I would like to be a place where when a girl is having a bad day, she can just plop on her computer and when she wishes she could just google, “How am I going to make it through the rest of this week?” or “I’m feeling lonely and need help,” she can just type in jandmranch.com instead and it will help her to feel better.
I hope I am getting there. I know I have a long way to go, but I really want that for this little tiny corner of the internet universe.
I wish I could give you all a bunch of freebies and giveaways, but the only time I do giveaways, I end up giving away to everyone because that’s just how I roll, and my husband said I could only do them like once every two years. And, since I don’t seek advertisers or anything, no one is interested in my opinion on the latest bestseller or candle or whatever people are reviewing these days.
What I can give you are little pieces of my heart, and I will try to keep doing that, and hoping that somehow, when we all share our hearts with each other, it can help us have courage to fight the good fight.
I have been contemplating some pretty heavy stuff lately, and I am working on sharing it with you. I want you to know that I read all your emails and I think deeply about the problems you face that you share with me. And I pray for you. A lot.
Oh, and also, Happy Holidays. I haven’t forgotten, and I have things to say about this most wonderful time of the year, too.
I am also moving within the next two weeks to a new NO STAIRS home! Woohoo! Although, I am not sure what is going on with me, since I have yet to pack one box. Ah, well. I am sure things will go just fine. I hope. I am excited for this change. I will have an office. A place to write. It’s exciting. I think it will be too much pressure, and I wonder how I will do when I have something as official as an OFFICE.
(Okay, it’s also going to double as the library and schoolish type room…but STILL. My retro desk will be in there. I can’t not write!)
I also need to do an update on our Noah bear. I want to write about hurt and healing and love and all kinds of things that matter, and I hope you will be sticking with me for the ride, as I learn so much from you. Also, if there is anything you want me to write about, please let me know. I am open for ideas.
Thanks again, you! For sticking with me through thick and thin (well, mostly thick). Through spinal meningitis and crazy pregnancies and epiphanies, and Noah’s medical stuff, and our many moves and my sassy pants and my Bessie cow pajamas. Thanks for loving me in spite of everything! Here’s to more adventure!