An End Of Year Thank You To My Readers

Well, I for one am not surprised—the world is still here. That’s not to say a meteor couldn’t strike in 2013, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Maybe now we can go about our lives and strive to make the upcoming year and those that follow the best they can be.

As I move toward my part in that goal, I’d like to start here by giving heartfelt thanks to my readers. I’ve now been blogging for just over a year, and I would never have made it this long without your help.

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Even though we haven’t met outside of cyberspace, I feel like I really know some of you because you leave lovely comments on my posts. Some of you have even reblogged them or shared them on other social networks. I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful feeling that is. Despite my belief that Earth’s doom is eons away, I’m pessimistic about humanity’s long-term survival. But when I see so many wonderful comments from readers and the support we offer one another, some optimism creeps into my life. How could I not be thankful for that?

Other readers are more elusive. I know you’re here because my blog views show you are (despite WordPress eating so many of them with the Reader—even the “new” stats don’t show those). Of course, a few of those views are the result of dubious search-engine results. How a search for “俄罗斯,” which I learned is Chinese for “Russia,” brought someone to this blog is beyond me. I’m guessing the “silent” readers might be shy. Or they aren’t the commenting kind. That’s okay, I understand. I follow some blogs where I rarely, if ever, make my presence known. But whenever I see more views appearing in my stats, I’m thankful for those, too. Someone stopped to spend a few moments to read what I’ve written? How could I not be thankful for that?

It’s a busy time of year for many of us, so I’ll keep this short and close with hopes that the end of the year finds you happy and well. Thank you again for all of your support!

Williamsburg Wreath 2009

Williamsburg Wreath 2009

43 thoughts on “An End Of Year Thank You To My Readers

  1. A nice tribute to your readers. The level of support in the blogging world really is amazing. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for a year and have only received one negative comment. It was directed at another commenter, so I didn’t approve it. There are some really great people out there, and it gives me hope. 🙂

    Have a great Christmas!

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    • I love this corner of Blog Land. If we posted on hot button issues, the responses would be very different and come from a different crowd. I couldn’t take that. But as someone who believes that respect and good behavior can go a long way toward making the world a better place, I focus on those. We all need a place where we can feel welcome and comfortable and wouldn’t be embarrassed if someone saw us there. I want this blog to be that kind of place. 🙂

      You have a great Christmas, too, and here’s to another year of fun, adventure, and learning on our blogging and writing journeys!

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  2. I share your reticence for the future of humanity, JM…as well as your optimism when faced with the kindness and support we – occasionally – get to see in cyberspace. 🙂

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    • I would love to see the universe prove me wrong. 😉 I truly would. And I try to do my part to negate some of the bad. When I see that kindness and support here in blogging, I am so grateful for them. I’d hate to think what my world view would be like today if I hadn’t been blogging this past year. So many thanks again to you and all my readers! 🙂

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  3. JM, I love your “voice” of writing. It’s kind, intelligent and interesting. I feel as if I know you as well and count you as a friend. I’m not surprised by the followers you have and how you’ve not received negative comments. I hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and here’s to 2013 — it’s just gotta be good, right?

    (P.S. Thank YOU for blogging and your wonderful comments. That wreath is very cool, btw. 😉 ).

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    • Brigitte, that is so sweet of you to say! Earlier this year, I described my blogging to a friend as “the me I aspire to be.” Those aspirations were very focused at first—I wanted to be supportive and helpful to fellow writers. As non-writers began following the blog, I tried to broaden those goals. I’m still a work in progress there. 😉 And as I mentioned to Carrie above, I want the blog to be a place where readers feel welcome and comfortable. (And can learn something about archaeology in a hopefully entertaining way. 😉 )

      Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, too, and a year that brings us all some comfort and happy times.

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    • The feeling is mutual! I’ve truly enjoyed “meeting” you and other friends here in our corner of Blog Land. How amazing is it that we can connect so easily with people from around the world?

      Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. May 2013 be a better year for us all.

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  4. While we’ve seen horrific acts being perpetrated over the past year, I’m actually optimistic about humanity’s evolution. Why? Because I hear more of an outcry about the horrors and see more mindfulness and concern for one another being expressed. The number of online petitions alone seems to have increased exponentially and with that awareness as well. We will always be a work in progress, JM, that’s our nature, and it’s okay. With each negative thing uncovered, there are at least ten good things coming as a result of that revelation. Anyway, that’s the way I see it!

    It’s always fun to stop by your place, JM, and I look forward to continuing to do so in the New Year! xoxoM

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    • I can honestly say I hope the universe proves me wrong in my pessimism. Sometimes, enough people do stand up and say, “Enough!” and bring about change for the good. I hope we can see more of that in 2013 and beyond. Once western culture got over the fact that the world didn’t end in AD 1000, we ultimately saw the Renaissance. I hope we don’t have to wait 400 years for the next. Maybe in this age of instant communication, it could begin sooner. And sometimes it is darkest before the dawn….

      I promise my upcoming posts will not focus on doom and gloom! There’s more writing to be done and good experiences to share. 🙂

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  5. I’ve really enjoyed this year’s blogging experience and you were a big part of that, JM 😉

    Unfortunately I’ll have to keep this response short because I’m still on the road (not driving, in the passenger seat) 😉

    Have a wonderful Christmas my friend 😉

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    • Whew, so glad to hear you’re not behind the wheel and typing! 😉 I want you to get where you’re going safely so I can read more of your posts and new books, too!

      As I hope my Christmas won’t be too cold and snowy, I hope yours won’t be uncomfortably hot! 🙂 (These hemispheric opposites are so cool!)

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  6. And I thank you for being such a gracious, conscientious, interesting blogger — not only with your posts but also on the comments you make on other blogs.

    I guess I’m with you on the humanity score, other than I might say I don’t think humanity *as we know it* can survive long-term. But I would like to believe that a better, kinder, wiser “strain” of humanity is on the way.

    Merry Christmas and here’s to a happy and healthy 2013. 🙂

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    • I would happily stand aside for a better, kinder, and wiser branch of humanity—and I’d love for them to already be here in the form of the younger generation. 🙂

      And I will gladly raise a toast to a happy and healthy 2013 for all. 🙂 May your Christmas be merry and bright!

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  7. I’m so glad to be part of your online community, jm! One of the online joys of 2012, for me, has been meeting you! I have a feeling if we lived near each other we’d go out for coffee/tea and find all kinds of things to talk about. Merry Christmas and happy 2013!

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    • I hear Portland has great places for coffee and tea*, which could really distract me from my writing. 😉 Even if we can’t meet in person, it’s fantastic to have this blogging community where we can have a great time in the virtual world. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

      *(A friend’s two sisters live in Portland and love it. They’re trying to convince my friend and their mother to join them. 😉 )

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  8. I can just smell that Williamsburg wreath. Ahhh. This is one of my favorite blogs – it’s like sitting on the porch of a friend – and one that’s always doing something interesting. We can watch the world/humanity go by from here. Things are pretty rough right now, but we’ll see. I’ve been out looking more at stars and sky songs recently – to get perspective and balance. Maybe if enough people do what ever they do to gain the same…
    In any case may warmth and joy find your hearth and linger long.

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    • If I could have one wish come true for the holidays, it would be for a healthy dose of sense and reason for every human on the planet for all time. Knowing that all the stars in the night sky attest to a universe (or two or millions) beyond imagination causes fear in some. I find it hopeful.

      As the days again become lighter and longer (and the most recent “end times” date passes), may 2013 be a better year for all.

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  9. What a great goal – to use your blog to be “the me I aspire to be.” If you don’t mind, I will borrow that goal on my blog 🙂 You are a great writer and I’m very happy I found your blog! Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!!!!

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    • I will happily share that goal with you. 🙂 I’m also glad you found my blog because that led me to yours. Enjoy your holidays, too, and here’s to a better world for all in 2013!

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  10. Aw that might be the sweetest blog post ever. 🙂 JM, I keep coming back because your content is AMAZING. Your posts are always interesting, informative, and intriguing. You an your blog have become a nice corner in the fabric of my life. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to all your future posts!

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    • Aw, thanks, Kourtney. 🙂 I’ve been worried that my post have gotten too scattershot and meandering, so it’s reassuring to hear I haven’t lost anyone. 😉 I’ll try to come up with some fresh content this next year while hanging on to old favorites. And I want at least one of my WIPs to be on its way to publication next year.

      Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to reading more of your posts—and the Six Train to Wisconsin—in 2013! 🙂

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      • No, I really like when you share different parts of your writer journey. I love your Meghan stories and when you clue me in on what WordPress is doing now. 🙂 Keep the varied content. I think the advice to stick too closely to one thing could alienate readers. I think they come back because they like your voice and enjoy getting to know you. 🙂

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  11. Very happy to be part of the blogging world with you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, with lots of fun and relaxation. Here’s to all of our continued blogging friendships in 2013…

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  12. A sweet tribute. It’s hard to ascertain who’s reading one’s blog and whether there’s repeat visitation but nice to hear from those who do make a comment or at least ‘like’ your posts. Hope you have a great start to 2013 🙂

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    • Thanks, Luciana. 🙂 It seems like whenever I doubt my writing abilities, someone writes the perfect comment on one of my posts, and my confidence returns. Who knows? Without the blog, I might have given up on my WIPs. And that wouldn’t have been fair to my characters and their stories! Here’s to 2013 being a year of positive changes and events for us all. 🙂

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