Friday, November 27, 2015

Giving Thanks: Blogging

My week of giving thanks ends with thanking you - the person reading this.

When you write a blog - and this post makes my 332nd post - you're not always sure if your readers are going to react, much less whether or not they'll like what you write.  It's tossing your work out into the void, and seeing what resonates (if anything).

So when someone comments on a post, much less shares it, it's always a thrill.  I want you to know how much I love and appreciate it when you, the reader, does something like that.  Taking the time to like or share or comment is always, ALWAYS appreciated.

There are three people I want to thank by name who are particularly supportive.

+Brian Johns is the only regular blogger I know who practices the same (basic) art I do.  Brian and I have become friends through this endeavor, and I love having someone who not only speaks my martial arts language, but also speaks the language of blogging and marketing to talk to about this stuff (and other stuff too).    He's a great guy to bounce ideas off of, a wonderful sounding board for ideas on what to I write here and how to promote it, and I get to get really geeky on Arnis topics too geeky for the blog.  Thank you for your friendship, Brian, and I am so very happy to have been a small part of the success and growth of your own blog at Bamboo Spirit Martial Arts Centre.

+Joelle White is my #1 commenter.  She always has an interesting take on what I write here.  She's been supportive since the early days of this blog, and if I get a chance to get up to her neck of the woods, well, heck, Joelle, I'll even bring my white gi and take off my shoes.  Joelle is a busy woman, training nearly daily, and when she gets a chance, she writes at her blog A Beginner's Journey.  Thanks for all of your support, Joelle.

+Andrea Harkins is not only a martial artist and blogger, but she's a big-time writer and life coach too.  Andrea's blog has inspired many a post by yours truly, and she's kindly allowed me to contribute to the book she is currently writing.  Andrea blogs at A Martial Arts Woman.  Thank you, Andrea.

There are lots of others who are always helping, liking, commenting, and sharing the blog, but it's too many to mention and I don't want to slight anybody.  I hope you all know how much I appreciate your own work and your support of this blog.

Without readers and commenters, a blog is just an online personal journal.  There is nothing wrong with that, but it's cool that I've been able to make my personal martial arts world bigger thanks to all of you. I've learned a lot from all of you.

Thank you.