I’ve been thinking a lot lately about being part of the bookish community online. It’s got its ups and downs, like any community, but what’s really struck me lately is that, without it, I wouldn’t be where I am now, in a lot of different areas of my life. I’m coming up on my 3rd blogiversary in just over three months (99 days!), and while that’s not tons of time in the grand scheme of things, it’s been enough time to make a huge impact on my life.
I’ve met so many amazing people and made so many friends since jumping into this community in 2013, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. I’ve been so lucky to have been granted opportunities to do things that I never would have imagined, things that I would never have even entertained the possibility of, before coming into this community.
Most of all, it’s helped me build so much confidence. I still struggle with my insecurities and that voice of doubt in my mind, and I know I’m just a drop in a bucket. But this community has done so much for me. It’s helped me find direction in my work-life; it’s given me a place where my interests are given purpose and focus, where they can be channeled into a hobby, not just a pastime; and it really does mean the world to me.
Anyway, I know that’s super sappy and super vague and super brief, but I mean every word of it. I have so much love and appreciation for this community and for the people in it, and I just want to say ‘thank you,’ to each and every one of you — to the readers, to my fellow bloggers, to the authors and publishers, to the commenters, to the quiet lurkers, to the friends I’ve made over the course of the past almost-three years. You all are so amazing, and I know my gratitude is not life-changing, but you have it. Thanks, guys. ❤️
I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it. If you don’t… have a wonderful Thursday. 😉