I CAN’T BELIEVE I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR TEN YEARS! TEN!
Now that I have that out of my system, please allow me to wallow in nostalgia before I extend an invitation to you, my clever, intelligent, attractive and witty readers,
In the early hours of December 9, 2010, I sat in the living room with my laptop, struggling to figure out how Blogger worked. Eventually I posted my first, lame, article. It would become a regular occurrence, but I never anticipated it lasting so long. My how time flies.
Since that day, a lot has happened in the world and in my life. I went from zero married kids to four, zero grandkids to almost 6, 49 to 59, and lots of other wonderful things. It is nice to be able to scroll through my blog and find it reads as a sort of personal history at times.
I never expected to get much traffic, let alone faithful readers, but it happened anyway. I know that some of you who are reading this are new, but there are some of you who have been here since the beginning. I appreciate all of you. I appreciate your support, your wisdom, your humor, and your (literally) tens of thousands of comments. (I even appreciate some of the hate mail and nasty comments I’ve received because they are usually pretty funny.)
One of the best parts of all of this has been the “community” that has grown up around MMM/TWS. I have developed real-life friendships with many of you – something I never anticipated through the “anonymous years” of MMM.
I am also so pleased that many of you have developed real-life friendships with each other because of your contact here, and on my Facebook. I guess that is what “Zioning” is: building a community of hearts with shared values and beliefs. I feel kinda like the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon when I trace so many connections and friendships back to this little blog.
The most important thing I can say is Thank You for your love, support encouragement and contribution. I love you all!
Now, over the past 10 years I have written well over 1.5 MILLION words in 1400+ posts. That’s a lot of writing – it boggles my mind. With the exception of the wonderful conversion stories I published, and a handful of guest posts, it has all been me. ME ME ME!
To be honest, I have thought seriously about hanging it up on this anniversary, but I know that this is good for me, and I feel like I am doing something worthwhile – so you are stuck with me.
Sure, it is a lot of effort to do this by myself, so I have an idea as to who can help:
It’s YOUR TURN.
To help me celebrate my 10th anniversary, I am asking you to join me by adding YOUR voice to TWS as my special guest. Yes, I am inviting YOU to write a blog post to become a part of ThusWeSee. You know, a shot at being a giver instead of just being a taker.
A lot of you are already seasoned writers, and I EXPECT you to contribute, or I will use my formidable powers of social media and Photoshop to taunt you into submission. (You know who you are, and you know I’ll do it.)
Some of you might want to give it a try, but are nervous. There is no need to be. If I can do it, you can do it. There are a lot of us who would be happy to help you get your feet wet.
Here’s what I am asking for: A single blog post from each of you. That’s it!
Here are some basic guidelines:
- Keep it short – 1,000 or so words works best.
- Make it personal. Tell us one of your stories that matters.
- Find a gospel connection to your story and teach us, inspire us.
- Make sure it is doctrinally correct. (I am the sole arbiter of this.)
- Don’t make it seasonal, because I don’t know when it will be posted.
- If you need it edited, find a friend who can go over it with you. (I am genetically coded to ignore typos.)
- Don’t use it to market your book, business or MLM. No politics.
- Please submit Word format or a Google Doc link.
- As much as you are able, please write with profound finesse.
- Email finished post, with a brief biography and maybe a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I’ll let you know when I plan on running it.
And yes, I will still be posting most weeks. (One does not just turn it off.) BUT, on some Sundays I will post some of my favorites or yours, and I will post as often as needed, based on how many of you step up.
Got it? You’ve been reading my stories, thoughts and testimony for ten years. Now it is my turn to read yours.
Please be supportive of each other as you take on this challenge. Some of you will find it a piece of cake, others will struggle – but in the end, you will better understand why I do what I do, and we will all be blessed.
Thanks for your love and support these past ten years. You guys are the best!