Expressing the things I am thankful for is like Lucy and Ethel keeping up with the conveyer belt of chocolates – I can’t ever keep up. One year I decided to make a list. I stopped after I listed 100 things, and I could have gone 500 more. (If you are curious what I was thankful for five years ago, here is the link.)
For this post, I wish to narrow it down to one thing:
I am thankful for you. Yes, you. If you are reading this, then I want you to know how much it means to me, and express my gratitude for allowing me into your hearts and minds – even for a moment.
It has been an interesting year for me blog-wise. Early in the summer I decided to take a 40 Day Social Media fast, (Before it became all “trendy,” or “commanded.”) That 40 day fast soon became a 61 day fast.
Then, just a couple of weeks after I came back, President Nelson asked us to stop referring to ourselves as “Mormons.” What was a Middleaged Mormon Man to do?
Change names of course. Duh. However, that was not as easy as it seemed. I am glad that I was able to do it, and grateful that I was able to come up with a name that I think works (Courtesy of Mormon himself.)
What I haven’t told you is how close I came to wrapping up the blog and not returning. I flirted with the possibility or stopping and focusing on other things, but one of the key reasons I came back was you.
The support you have given me over these past eight years has been amazing to me. When I left for my “fast,” I knew it was a terrible idea as far as SEO and readership traffic. When I rebranded, I knew that would destroy it even more. Both of those things are the kiss of death in the rapidly changing digital age search for eyeballs.
I was wrong.
You stuck around. I am amazed and humbled.
Thank you for taking the time to read my stuff.
Thank you for the wise and witty comments.
Thank you for kind messages and emails you send me.
Thanks for the dialogue and the desire to learn with me.
Thank you for purchasing my books.
Thank you for sharing what you know and what you have experienced in this crazy thing we call mortality.
Thank you for showing up on Facebook for Sunday Night Check-in (SNCI). (Note: You have absolutely no idea how many people lurk at SNCI and are uplifted and blessed by the things you share. There are so many people who are searching for the spiritual uplift you provide. How do I know? Now and again someone will reach out and thank me for it – but it is you that does that – not me.)
So, from my heart, thank you for your support, kindness and participation. It makes it worthwhile in a way that is outside myself.
Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving,