Four years ago I embarked on this Great Blog Experience and what an experience it has been!
What can I say?
A lot has happened in my life since I made the decision to start blogging. To be sure, my life has certainly taken a different route than I had anticipated and I have appreciated each and every one of you who has been on the ride with me.
It's been a rough road at times. There have been ups and downs, lots of bumps, some the hairpin curves and more than once, I have gotten more than a little lost.
When that happened though, I always found there were some bright lights out there to guide me home.
This blog has been my journal. my solace, my thinking place, my pride and joy, my burden, my way of connecting to the world. There are posts that I am proud of and posts that I cringe at now. It recorded one way of life and then the abrupt end of that life, and now my new life.
I have made many, many friends through this blog. Unfortunately, I have been told there are people who no longer talk to me because they feel I was too frank about certain details of my recent life here. I think those people probably would have pulled away from me anyway--the inevitable fallout from any divorce.
To be honest, I was going through a lot about a month ago and I seriously thought about giving up this blog. Then I wrote a post about what I was grappling with and the outpouring of kindness in the comments to that post reminded me of why I am proud to be a blogger.
You see, for the most part, we look out for each other in Blogland. We may not visit each other's blogs on a regular basis and we may not always say just the right thing, but I have found other bloggers to be incredibly generous, encouraging and forgiving.
So I thank you all for joining me on this road. Whether you are a blogger I see on a regular basis, a friend who drops in from time to time, or one of my nearly silent supporters, please know that you have touched my life and I am grateful for all of you.
So now I take a deep breath and head into year five.
I hope you'll join me.
Life is magnificent.