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.
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!