Something momentous happened last night. It’s taken a while to really sink in, because it’s kind of a big deal. It’s the kind of thing that humbles me, and makes me grateful for the incredible support of everyone who’s read my words.
During the night, I attracted my 2,000th follower.
That’s right – 2,000. It’s a number of people I can’t quite fathom. It’s twice as many people as live aboard the Starship Enterprise. It’s more people than went to my school. It’s more people than the village I grew up in in Switzerland.
It’s hard for me – a natural introvert – to understand that 2,000 individual people read my words at some point, and made the decision that they’d like to know more. It’s hard for me – a manic depressive – to think that I’ve written so many things – anything, really – that were worth reading. And it’s hard for me – an eternal pessimist – to believe that the 2,000 of you have actually read my words 18,527 times.
The problem is, you’ve also left 1,377 comments for me. Anything and everything from a quick “hello” to paragraphs of support when I’ve been at my darkest. I’ve been “featured” not once but twice; once for sharing the insane inner workings of my head, and then for comparing children to adults and deciding kids come out on top.
So it’s with honor and gladness that I say thank you to each and every one of you.
And what about that special, 2,000th follower? It’s jhulon16 over at Fashionably Manly, a pretty cool blog dedicated to men’s fashion and getting us all to dress a little better (I know I could use some help with that). And if you recall, that very special 2,000th follower has the honor – with their permission – to be featured in The Redemption of Erâth – Exile. I could use your WordPress handle or your real name if you’re willing; I’m already thinking something along the lines of Thulòn (there’s no “J” sound in Erâtheet). What do you all think?
Thank you – thank you so, so much. I started this journey a little under two years ago, and I’ve met so many incredible people. I can’t wait to meet more.
I love you all!