Because I Truly – Very Truly – Appreciate YOU from the bottom of my Welsh/Gaelic Heart.
I had to take a moment out of my day to offer what seems to me to be an entirely insignificant, yet wholly Heartfelt THANK YOU!!!! Today I reached a milestone I truly never imagined when I began this blog a smidgen over 2 years ago. I want to express how astonished I still am, how BLESSED I feel and how Immensely, Enormously, Vastly I Appreciate each and every one of you, but how precisely does one express a sensation that is as close to inexpressible and unfathomable as I have ever experienced? Because Today, in spite of my abundantly verbose inclinations (or perhaps because of them) I not only surpassed 100,000 views, but tipped the scales to followers.
As I sit staring at the stats in mind-numbing silence, be Absolutely CERTAIN, YOU are the ones who have made this possible and I am entirely aware of it.
Bless You 🙂
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Less than 2 years ago I sat down at my laptop, looked up FREE blogging platforms on Google and discovered WordPress. That very same night I launched Booknvolume.com with little or not comprehension of what a blog was/is, what blogging is all about, or what I might share on said blog. As my very first post will testify (http://wp.me/p3C4k1-5) (go ahead, re-read it, I’ll wait….) I really hadn’t a clue about this whole blogging thing. As I perused the WordPress Reader for the first time, visiting other blogs and following those I found to my tastes, I noticed a blog (which shall remain nameless) that boasted over 2000 followers. What an accomplishment, I thought. How does one achieve such an incredible number? Would my humble little, nondescript blog ever glimmer so brightly?
Now, 21 months later, I have the overwhelming Honour, Pleasure and Sheer JOY of announcing that BnV has reached a milestone I NEVER anticipated. 4000 followers! ??? Really?! 4000? I’m not sure my math-impaired mind can even grasp that number, but there is ONE THING I do KNOW….
Without YOU, without Each and Every One of YOU; without your Kind Support, Encouragement, and continued Interest in these musings, and (sometimes) confusings, that spill from my Heart and Spirit, NONE OF THIS could ever have happened. I remember being amazed at having gained the interest of 50 followers…4000 is beyond my comprehension, plain and simple.
But what isn’t beyond my comprehension is that, although I often feel I’ve said “Thank You Ever So” in ever way imaginable (and perhaps I have), I could never say it often enough to truly express my Gratitude, my Honest and Open Heartfelt Gratitude to All Of YOU!
You are Blessing to me every day.
You are a Joy through all the Marvelous things You Say.
You make me Laugh, Bring me Joy, Make me Cry,
but I will NEVER ever wonder Why,
I was lead to this place to Share Inspiration,
Though I Thank God for this Amazing Invention,
And I Hope and Pray with all of my Heart,
I live up to Expectation from the very Start,
So Though these are Wild and Whirling Words (Yes, Hamlet)
(You’d be astonished if I would forget!)
I will say it once more in a Radiant Glow,
Thank You Sweet Friends! Thank You Ever EVER SO!
This Honest Blushing, Cannot Express
Such Giddy Feelings and Happiness,
When Friends Gather at This Table,
While I Verbosely Spin a Gracious Fable,
Entreating, Rhyming, Singing, Sharing,
Blithe in Verse, Beyond Comparing,
While Each New Face Makes Our Friendship More
Than Ever I Dreamed, Shaking to the Core,
And Only These few Humble Tokens
Spill from My Lips, Repeatedly Spoken,
Yet Heartfelt They, and with Emotion Glow,
Thank You, THANK YOU, Ever So!
For 1700 WordPress Followers. For Over 3000 Followers across All of my Social Media Platforms. And for Over 2000 posts. YOU Have Blessed me to Be a Blessing to You to be a Blessing to Me. Thank you 🙂
One Year Ago I sat where I am sitting now, and wrote my very first post onto a brand new blog. I had never written a post before; I barely understood what a blog was or what being a blogger meant, but I did know one thing and that is that words have ever been my companion. Long into the night I sat, writing, laughing, creating (not only the post, but also the blog itself!) and when I finally finished I was left with two inescapable sensations. One was accomplishment. I had done something I had only thought about for many years and that felt exciting and positively delightful. The other sensation was less positive, though not negative; yet, it left me uncertain and filled with anticipation. Would anyone read my post? Would anyone find themselves interested in what I had to say? Would blogging be a wondrous new world to explore or would it fizzle after a few short weeks, maybe a month or two, and be something I never attempted again?
One Year later, I am still here, and although the year has brought many astonishing moments; many tears of overwhelmed gratitude and amazement; many marvelous laughs and more friends than I ever expected, I am still as eager to sit down each night as I was when first starting out. Along the way I have accumulated a few numbers, and, although numbers and I are not really friends (I am rather a monkey trying to do a math problem when it comes to numbers), and although I try not to sound my own trumpet (very often, anyway) I thought today might be a good day to let them out to play briefly.
In the past year I have been blessed by over 1575 friends who have visited BnV over 48,000 times. Ok Stop for a moment. There is no pretty, lyrical way of saying it…but that simply Blows My Mind! In this one year, BnV has also been awarded blogging awards over 50 times and received the 2013 Blog of the Year award, which truly made me cry for quite some time because when this immense honour (as I see it) was paid to me, I had only been blogging for 5 months! ( As you can see, I am still astounded). BnV has been viewed in 148 countries all round the world (when I look at the map in Stats of all the corners of the Earth these words I share have reached, I am rendered speechless)(believe it or not!) After 2 months of blogging I was invited to join Poet’s Corner, a wonderful gathering place for a broad collection of poets and, that same month, I was Freshly Pressed. Little did I realize what a true Honour that was until I did a little research.
These numbers dumbfound me, and not simply because of the aforementioned monkey; still,numbers, in my humble opinion, never tell the whole story (though there are many who would argue that point with me until the previously referenced primate fell out of the proverbial tree). Numbers give the mind something to muse over, to be sure, but the numbers would not, could not, exists without the People who create them.
Those All Important People are YOU! Because, let’s face it, without YOU perusing, patrolling and otherwise popping by now and again, BnV would never be where it is today. In fact, BnV would probably not B at all.
So Happy Blogiversary, my Dearest Friends! Thank You for making BooknVolume a reality. Thank You for your Kindest Friendship, Support, Encouragement and Collaborations, a year ago, Today, and (hopefully!) Tomorrow as well. YOU are my Gift. YOU have made my Year full of Wonders.
A Rose by Any Other Name would Smell as Sweet, Amazement, Appreciation, BnV, BooknVolume, creative writing, Delight, Dreams, Followers, Friends, Friendship, Gratitude, Inspiration, Joy, Laughter, relationships, Thank YoU, ~Morgan~
A Rose by Any Other Name would Smell as Sweet,
Such it is with Precious Friends as well.
For in the months since I began Booknvolume, I have been amazed, astonished, delighted, moved to tears, shared laughter, shared memories, and found myself far more inspired than I ever dreamed I might.
And All Because of You.
1300 Followers/Friends. I’ve never had more in all my Life and Never have been More Blessed!
Thank You with all my Heart and with ever measure of Joy I might Share!
It’s another one of those Milestone moments for me and BnV. (BooknVolume, silly!) (You really ought to know that by now ) I will confess to not really being all that concerned about stats and figures, here; I write because I write and I blog because I have discovered in these past three months since I/We started out on this intrepid voyage together (hasn’t it been a thrilling trip so far?) that I love to Blog. Blogging, Journaling, (muttering inanely for any or none to see/hear-depending), whatever you might like to call it; (as long as you are kind) yet in these past three months, though I can hardly believe it’s only been three months (as well you might agree, though somewhat less metaphysically)(Nice word, eh?)(Go ahead, look it up, I just did and it doesn’t really mean what I thought it meant, although it still applies rather nicely), I’ve found a joy in writing that I hadn’t quite realized could be possible.
As I was saying, though, milestones. Three Months. 345 posts (which proves how emphatic I am about this) (or just plain daft, one or the other) and 400 followers. 400 FOLLOWERS!!! I assure you, I’m not blowing my own horn, here…I’m simply astonished, amazed, and undeniably flabbergasted! Wasn’t it only two months ago when I was celebrating 50 followers and I was overjoyed THEN. I cannot tell you how out of my mind, over the moon, jumping for sheer joy ecstatic I am seeing that incredible number on MY blog.
This is not shameless self promotion, no no no, I assure you, that is not my intention…ever. But we all, as some point, must share this same emotion, mustn’t we? (surely we do! I swear, it can’t just be me.) The indescribable elation of knowing that the creative fabrications and inspiring offerings I/we serve up each day (and often several times a day!) are valued so highly by so many others. I find it slightly difficult (NOT being a math person) to even fully comprehend 400. In truth, I had to Google what that number looks like in hash marks to wrap my RIGHT BRAINED mind around the concept. (I really am a monkey doing a math problem when it comes to numbers!) (Although I can give you a dissertation on Shakespeare at the drop of a hat!)
Looking back (I know, three months is sooooo long ago!) I really had no idea what a blog could do. What blogging meant or what it could achieve, or what sense of accomplishment it would give me at the end of the day. Starting out, I had little direction in mind, just general blathering, (which I do rather well) (you didn’t have to agree quite so vigorously) and maybe a picture or two thrown in for good measure, however; once I started perusing other’s blogs and seeing the imaginative artistry and prosaic panache they offered, I was truly and irreversibly motivated. How could one not be, really.
Three months is by no means a great deal of time, and 400 followers may not be a phenomenal number (to some), but to someone who’s first post stated even If the only person who finds said blog interesting, amusing or, if I’m lucky, entertaining, should be me than that’s just splendid; these numbers make me lay awake at night, staring at the ceiling, attempting to grasp the awesomeness of it all (to coin the very 80’s terminology)or to coin a friend’s phrase “Awesome, Awesome, Awesome”.
When you first clicked on this, admittedly, unique little blog, you probably had no idea what you were getting yourself into (which may or may not have turned out to be a good thing!); you may have read for a while, raised an eyebrow once or thrice; you may have discussed your assay into my surreal little world round the water cooler the next morning with distinct irresolution, but, apparently, whatever it is that I’m doing here (regardless of whether or not even I truly know or understand what that may be), it must be right, somehow right, slightly right or at the very least not entirely wrong. Because after three months, after over 300 posts, and visits from people in over 40 countries, someone out there (or more correctly, quite a few someones) seem to like what I’m nattering on about.
And to me, that is simply “Awesome. Awesome! AWESOME!”
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Gentle words fall lightly, but they have great weight. .
In Honor of 300 Posts in less than 3 Months and over 350 Followers, I would like to express, once again, my Genuine Appreciation and Astonished Gratitude for YOUR Support and Enthusiasm, which has made me Smile, Laugh, Cry and Jump for Joy! YOU my dear friends, are the reason I Blog.
Thank YOU !!!!!!!
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