A blog’s community can be many things.
It can be long-term subscribers; it can be first time visitors. It can be “only” readers; it can be regular commenters. It can be every day attendees; it can be folks that visit once then read every other post from a feed, never to visit the actual blog again.
One thing that every single member of a blog community has in common, though, is the connection to each other through the blog (and vice versa).
And that connection can be the very heartbeat that keeps a blog alive.
If a blog’s community is the heartbeat then you, the folks that make up this blog’s community, must have one of the strongest communal beats around, because you have some of the biggest hearts.
You showed that yesterday when I asked for a “birthday wish” to celebrate this blog’s two-year anniversary. You showed it when you granted that wish and visited the blog of a girl called Stacey Monk and showed her she wasn’t alone in her sadness, and that you were there with support if and when she needed it.
When people ask why I blog, the answer I give more than any is this: because of the community.
I already considered myself hugely fortunate to have you here, to have you read my thoughts and share yours in the comments afterward.
I can safely replace “hugely fortunate” with “full-on blessed”.
Thank you for being you.