We all arrived here in this vast, but surprisingly embracing, blogosphere with different motives -- though I imagine our reasons for being here are not as diverse as you might think. Myself, I started blogging as one of many ways to focus this creative energy that desperately needed some kind of outlet. I wasn't thinking about who else was out here, or what I could learn from them, or how I could leverage their knowledge to further my own writing agenda. My focus was outward...one post after another...wondering how each would be accepted and what kind of response they might garner.
All that changed before I completed my first year of blogging when I realized what a wealth of information and experience everyone was freely and openly offering. But there was something else as well. A tangible, heartfelt interest in each others writing voyage and the willingness to help achieve their goals. This blog hop, scheduled for the 1st Wednesday of every month and the brainchild of the Blogfather himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, is a prime example of that.
But for me...and I imagine many of you...there has been even more. A sort of lagniappe, if you will. The Louisiana French word roughly means to throw in a little bit extra. I have received something from this blogging community that I never expected, or was even looking for, when I signed on almost four years ago. A form of support more personal in nature.
Through my blog I've made friendships that transcend the craft of writing. Relationships that I now treasure deeply and hope won't fade away even if my quest of publication might. I didn't land here looking for them, they just kind of happened. As a result I've been touched by the compassion of selfless acts on my behalf.
I've posted before about my wife's battle with breast cancer and last week she received the Starla Staywell Pixie in the mail. It arrived out of the blue, sent from a long-time blogging buddy. The smile on my wife's face when she opened her gift, well, it was a gift to me. And we both treasured our gifts!
It's that kind of support, the lagniappe, that really hits home. So my message for you today, especially the newbies who might be peeking in, is that the encouragement exists on many levels here, if you're open to it.