Hello, and how are you? I’m so glad our paths have crossed on this journey, even if it is perhaps just for today.
I don’t have a huge following on this blog, and that’s fine by me. I’m always pleasantly surprised with each new follower I receive. And I feel the same way with each comment or “like” that I get on a post. Some of you–four or five–I have known for years. Others I feel I’ve gotten to know over the past six months through your comments and our exchanges. It really has given me a sense of community and contact knowing that there are others out there sharing this journey with me, one day at a time. And even if you have never commented on this site, just knowing that these words have crossed your screen is an enchanting notion. And yes, I suppose there is some ego tangled up in those enchanting emotions, but I also think there’s something else going on–something more rooted in the ways in which our shared words and shared reading can create a community.
So something interesting happened a couple of days ago. I was looking at my stats (yes, I can’t ignore them), and I noticed a bunch of views coming from the country of Rwanda. Then I noticed that I was getting that exact number of single page views from my posts dating back to January. Apparently, someone in Rwanda is reading through my blog in sequential order, starting on Day 1.
The next day and the day after was the same thing–a different number of pages covered each day, but always sequential. As of today, he or she has worked through about half of my blog posts. And in a few more days, he or she will be reading this one–or so I hope.
So I thought it would be nice today to greet you, and to say thank you for traveling this road with me.
And not just to my reader from Rwanda, who has made it to this page, but to you as well.
I’m not sure I could have made it this far without you!
Yes, I am writing this blog for myself as a kind of discipline or practice, but of course every writer has an audience in mind as well. How wonderful it is to receive feedback from that audience while I’m still in the process of working through these daily challenges and ideas.
I started off this blog with a reference to Thoreau, and perhaps he and Emerson haunt more than a few pages here. But unlike Thoreau’s withdrawal from society for two years, two months, and two days, it’s clear to me that while the will to live more simply may arise from an individual, deliberate act, it is best lived–for me at least–within community.
So thanks. I really do appreciate your community and your support.