2.22.2007

Reflective Appreciation

If you come here often, you may know that I seldom participate in comments on my own blog. When I set out on this enterprise ten months ago, I was attached to an archaic idea of how I should approach my writing. This was my personal op-ed page, and who on the op-ed pages comes back to post-comment on what they wrote the first time around?

Well, nowadays, the writer’s response is common practice at papers like the NY Times, yet I have still largely refrained despite this green light from above.

My silence in my comments is not a lack of appreciation for all of you who do comment. Quite the opposite. I’ve been allowing that to be your arena to talk about me, uh, in front of my face. I didn’t want to interfere and trample the conversation, which is ironic because I love visiting blogs where the writer participates in these exchanges. With that in mind, I may have to reconsider my self-imposed policies.

But on to you. I want to clearly state how much I appreciate your coming here to read my words and how much your feedback means to me – including when you disagree with what I’ve written, for your thoughts encourage me to examine my words and opinion and to consider whether I have presented my views as intended. I also want to thank those of you who have helped promote my site via your site. Meeting new readers is why I’m here, and I couldn’t do that on my own.

When I launched this site, I intended to work on cultivating my voice. I envisioned crafting articles that I could eventually place elsewhere. I never planned on digressing into personal pieces that would clearly live only here, but as it goes, writing begets whatever the hell it wants. As a result, you’ve had glimpses of me I never knew I would write or post.

My one year blog anniversary will arrive in early April. At that time, I will see where I am with the blog. Sometimes this site prompts me to write and sometimes it takes me away from long-term objectives that deserve more focus. For now, I’ll take the wait and see approach. I hope you’ll keep coming back and sharing your thoughts with me and others.

With deep appreciation…

11 comments:

Not-faint-hearted said...

I hope you'll continue writing here. I enjoy your pieces very much.

MsLittlePea said...

me too

Neil said...

It's our honor to come here and read you NOW before we have to pay to read you somewhere else.

Bice said...

Gratitude is good karma.

madness rivera said...

Anything practiced is honed. That's what I tell myself, at least.

Blog on.

kristen said...

i so enjoy your writing and am pleased to be able to read through your creative process.

jen said...

the pleasure is all mine, every single time.

i've missed you.

QT said...

I am happy to read and participate. The blog is indeed a time-sucker, but I hope it continues to fulfull a need for you. That way we can keep reading!

littlepurplecow said...

I too hope you will continue to feed this space. I've found that blogging keeps me limber - sort of like routine stretches. Thanks for sharing your talent.

V-Grrrl said...

Like littlepurplecow, I find my blog keeps me limber, gives me an outlet and a place to process and let go of experiences big and small that don't "belong" anywhere else. It also encourages me to experiment, to write less than perfectly, to loosen up and see where the muse takes me.

I love coming here and seeing how you've taken a big idea and wrapped in ordinary experience.

headbang8 said...

I discovered your blog through Indiebloggers, and enjoy it very much. You've found a voice. Keep up the good work.

HB8