With this 30 day challenge, I have been reading way more than I have been in a long time, which is a good thing. The only bad thing about it is that I read a really great blog post this morning from another writer that is in the challenge, and now I can't find it. I would have liked to reference her, so you could check out her blog...and to let her know that she put a thought in my head for the whole day.
The blog was all about a letter that she wrote to the first person who ever made a comment on her blog, and how that comment and the others that came after keep her motivated. So I went back to look at who the first person was to make a comment on my blog, and it was "Zara", someone I don't know, someone who just said, "Thanks for sharing." But it was Zara, and everyone who reads this blog that kept me writing the last year. Sometimes I think I am sharing too much, and sometimes I think my own stuff is just drivel. And there are other days that I write something and it is something that will only mean something to me, and I will get a wonderful email from someone who related and reached out...and that is the part of writing that I love the best, when people can relate.
I had to look a little further, and who was the second person who commented on my blog? It was Kevin Thornton, a writer in Fort McMurray, and I was absolutely tickled pink that Kevin had maybe read my blog, and then took the time to also make a comment. You see, Kevin is by far one of the best writers that I have ever read, but I have also gotten to meet him, and he is exactly the kind of writer that I wish I could be...witty, extremely intelligent, and he has a sense of humour that trickles into his comments, his writing and his Facebook posts. Since then I have received emails from people that I would never, ever would have imagined would read my words, but there is still something about those firsts....something about getting support from people you admire, and I have had so much support from friends both old and new that I carry in my heart, and that keeps me writing.
So thanks to everyone who has ever made a comment on my blog, shared it, read it and your support means more than you will ever know. And Tim, don't worry, the first book will be dedicated to you!