The most wonderful thing about blogging is in truth having your own little world--your own community of fellow bloggers who share their loves, their lives, and their laughs with you, and give you the opportunity to reciprocate. One of the things that worried me most about retiring was the loss of the camaraderie that I was accustomed to in the work place. I've held many positions over the forty-some years of my career, but all of them involved interaction with lots of people. Whether it was across the desk in a classroom, in surrounding cubicles in an office, or the customers I met during in home appointments, it has been my good fortune to deal with some wonderful people.
I worried that when I retired and withdrew from the workplace, I might find it lonely. Yes I know I have my husband and our relationship is strong and a joy, but I still feared I would miss interacting with others. Then I started blogging in June of this year. I wasn't sure how it worked, but I'd always wanted to write, and it seemed a good way to practice; I could critique, edit, and enjoy what I wrote, even if no one else ever laid eyes on it!
My first post, written just 6 months ago, received one comment; I was surprised and delighted! My second post received none. I was undaunted, because I wasn't sure anyone else would ever look at my blog, much less comment on it. Then I discovered the "next blog" tab at the top of the page and started visiting other blogs. I was excited to find a plethora of writers out there! (I've always wanted to use that word: plethora.) (giggle)
Now 6 months later I look forward to starting up my laptop in the morning to see what the people whose blogs I follow have had to say. I follow just under 100 blogs (thankfully, not everyone posts everyday!) I make comments when I have something to add or just to let the person know I read what they wrote. The last time I checked, there were 170-plus bloggers following (stalking?) me--and that doesn't count the family members and close personal friends who read my posts faithfully. I'm thoroughly amazed and thrilled that there are actually people who read and sometimes enjoy the drivel I publish!
I laugh out loud often at the posts of my fellow bloggers, and I love when they respond to my entries. So today, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you all for visiting, for commenting, and a special thanks to those who have seen fit to recommend my blog to their friends. That is such a huge compliment. I can only hope that television never gets so fascinating that it lures you all away from your computers, for I would surely miss all the friends I've found lurking in the blogosphere.