Monday, May 27, 2013

A Letter to My Readers

Dear Readers,

Whether you're new here or have been around since the beginning, I want to thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your constant support. Thank you for your love, your encouragement, and your belief in me.

People who are not part of this blogging community have a hard time understanding what it's all about. They don't get that 90% of the time when I'm referring to a "friend" in a conversation, it's one of you. One of you whom I've never even met in person [or perhaps I have by now!] but connect with on a deeper level than I've connected with most in real life friends I met through another venue. Blogging is so amazing and bloggers are even more amazing.

This past month of May during the Blog Everyday in May Challenge has renewed my love for writing from the heart. I have received so much positivity and encouragement from so many of you to continue doing what I do here on Life is a Sunset and I can't even tell you how much that means. Writing from the heart - about my struggles, my dreams, my fears, etc. is not always an easy thing to do. For starters, half the time I find myself in tears depending on what I'm writing about at the time. Being transparent opens up the door to the unknown. And then other times, I'm crying tears of happiness over the love I receive in your comments, emails, and tweets.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Just for caring. For caring enough to read about my life. For checking in on me. For texting me to let me know something made you think of me. For the sweet cards and occasional packages I surprisingly receive in the mail. After the detours life has taken me on lately, it is the most wonderful feeling to know that I have hundreds of you "by my side" along this journey.

Honestly, blogging wouldn't be the same if it weren't for you, my readers. While writing has always been a passion of mine and something that I could never stop doing, being able to share my writing and a good portion of my life and all the lessons I've learned along the way is a pretty incredible feeling. If I've helped at least one of you in any way, that's all I could possibly ask for.

Just know that I love you guys. I read every single one of your comments and if I ever don't respond when you were really hoping that I did [I apologize!] and just shoot me an email :) Oh, and if you're in San Diego... we should probably meet up sometime!

Blog friends make the best friends.



Devon said...

Thank you for writing! It's really a joy being a part of your journey.

Chelsea said...

Your so sweet!! Love that shirt btw :). I feel the most important thing you have taught me is to follow my dreams, and I thank you for that :)

Katie Did What said...

Aw I couldn't have put it any better myself!! Blog friends make the best friends :) :) Hugs to you, sweet girl!


diary of this girl - megan said...

blog friends are the best friends! such a sweet and genuine post :) and i think i need that shirt!

Natalie Joseph said...

I don't want to lie, as you will soon learn, I hate doing it, despite my choice of profession BUT I honestly love reading your blog most. I follow a few blogs and am looking for more but I make sure that I check in with yours so thank you for your letter and as always, your words are appreciated!

Oh and I also want that shirt :)

Kristine said...

"Blog friends make the best friends" ...amen, sister friend :)

JBean said...

Hi there! I am a new follower. I can't even remember how I found you (I think from Katie Did What) but just wanted to say I live your posts! I've been reading blogs for a long time - they have helped me get through some tough times if my own. And I've been so inspired by the blog community that I finally decided to start my own!
I hope to one day have the courage you had to pursue my dreams - love how you moved across the country bc that was where your heart was. Very inspiring you are!

Sarah at Midwest Pillowtalk said...

& we love you :)
thanks for writing. and being real. and being so lovely. you know. being you. thanks for that <3

Holly said...

I heart you. That is all :) xoxo

Misty said...

Blog friends do make the best friends. :)