This thing of ours

by Jennifer on November 26, 2008

Almost a year ago, I found myself holding one end of a tug-of-war rope. On the other end were my sister and my best friend, as they tried to pull me across the red line and into the world of blogging.

It wasn’t so much that I was against the idea, I was just kind of doubtful and whiny about it.

“But what’ll I write about?” I begged to know. “Who’s even gonna read it? The two of you, and maybe Louise?”

I didn’t understand this outlet – this community – for what it was, because I couldn’t have known.

Well, I don’t need to tell you that they won.

Now, ten months after my first post, I look back and marvel that I did have something to say, and still do on good days. And I’m still surprised and delighted every time I see your comments roll in. The idea that I write and post about all sorts of things and that you stop by and hang out and even comment – well, it makes things on this end pretty great.

I’ve learned so much from you, and have had such a great time getting to know you through what you write, to step into your life a little bit through the words you leave for me to find. Your words amaze me and make me laugh or cry or ache or think. Even the tears are a sweet pain.

So I’m thankful to have found my way to you, to have made such good friends in this little part of the world. And I  don’t plan to go anywhere. If you’re in, then I’m in, for as long as this ride lasts.

And this thing of ours? (if you watched The Sopranos, you’ll remember Tony using that phrase in the last episode)

It’s pretty great.

Happy Thanksgiving!


(Thank you to Ducky and Madge…you were right.)

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JCK November 26, 2008 at 11:24 pm

They were right! And we’re so glad!!

Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Your writing is a treasure.

XOXO

JCKs last blog post..NaBloPoMo…Driving JCK to write poorly at best because she’s such a friggin’ goody two shoes…

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Jenn @ Juggling Life November 26, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Has it only been 10 months for you? I thought you’d probably been around for some time–your writing has such confidence and insight.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family–enjoy your kids tomorrow.

Jenn @ Juggling Lifes last blog post..Thanksgiving (Served With A Side Of Neuroses)

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Mrs. Chili November 27, 2008 at 5:26 am

Blogging, for me, anyway, is all about the connections and the community. I LOVE my blogging buddies because they make me think, they make me laugh, the call me on my shit, and the offer the kind of support and kindness that seems to be missing in so much of the “real” world. I’ve never met a blogger in real life who wasn’t EXACTLY what I was expecting, and I consider many of the people who come to my site dear friends.

Thanks for being one of them.

Love,

Chili

Mrs. Chilis last blog post..The Thanksgiving Meme

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jenrantsraves November 27, 2008 at 6:08 am

I’m so glad you started, and I’m so glad I found your blog. Your writing inspires and I look forward to reading every post.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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reluctantfarmchik November 27, 2008 at 6:37 am

Well, your words and the way you craft them are a gift to everyone who stops by, for sure. And when I started poking around the blogging world (not ten months ago, maybe 5 at best), yours is a blog that made it seem so real. . . and so bloody intimidating 🙂

I’m grateful for the bloggy world too. Hope you have a fulfilling Thanksgiving – enjoy your family time!

reluctantfarmchiks last blog post..Stamping Days

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Lisa@verybusymomwith4 November 27, 2008 at 6:49 am

I for one am very thankful you do blog. You have an amazing gift and I am so glad I found you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4s last blog post..Thankful

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Hilary November 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm

And here I thought you were one of the originals. Many of us needed to be talked into it. Some of us in return have dragged others into the blogosphere. That’s a good feeling too, in a pay it forward kind of way. Glad you’re out here. You’re always a fine read.

Hilarys last blog post..Forgive Us – We’re Canadian

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V-Grrrl November 27, 2008 at 12:44 pm

I’ve been blogging for more than 3 years now. Late last year after some weird internet stalking and hate mail, I buried my archives, changed my format, kept my URL, but lost about 80 percent of my readership. Ouch. Those who have stayed and those who have more recently arrived mean even more to me after all that.

V-Grrrls last blog post..This post is a little corny…

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phd in yogurtry November 27, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Thought of you today – took pictures of some handsome men on horseback. Will hopefully post them. Happy Thanksgiving!

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david mcmahon November 27, 2008 at 8:19 pm

I’m so glad you blog. And a very happy Thanksgiving to you and your clan, Jennifer

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the mama bird diaries November 27, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I am so grateful for you and your beautiful, honest words.

Hope you had a good holiday. 🙂

the mama bird diariess last blog post..missing shrimp but lots of gratitude

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RiverPoet November 27, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Wonderful! I’m so glad you’re here and that you share your wonderful word magic with us.

Peace and happy Thanksgiving! D

RiverPoets last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving 2008

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flutter November 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm

I adore you, Jenn

flutters last blog post..I love you, in you know, a completely platonic way….

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Epijunky November 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Count me in as another person grateful for what you do.

Epijunkys last blog post..Thanksgiving.

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Anthony James Barnett - author November 28, 2008 at 12:29 am

I must say I feel rather similar. I’ve beenblogging for about half your time, and sometimes I wonder what I’m going to blog about next – but someting crops up.

That people should want to read what I say …. makes me truly wonder.

Anthony

Anthony James Barnett – authors last blog post..Writing is lonely

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Mary Alice November 28, 2008 at 7:45 am

It is a community. I’m been at it a year… a year and a half? Anyway, it is a good discipline, therapeutic certainly – but the very best part is the connection to other people, those glimpses we allow one another into our lives and the support and love we receive from our “community”

Mary Alices last blog post..Trucks, Trains and Automobiles

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flickrlovr November 28, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I completely agree. 100%. I’ve been blogging since the spring, and it’s already become such an incredible new part of my life-the friends gained, the creative outlet for me…it’s all good stuff! Love your blog-I’ll be back (here from AllMediocre). Adding you to my blogroll 🙂

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Margaret (Nanny Goats) November 28, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Finally! I’m glad SOMEBODY finally wrote a Thanksgiving post about US! Instead of silly family members! Sheesh – it’s about time.

🙂

Margaret (Nanny Goats)s last blog post..I’m a Marching Lumberjack and I’m OK

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Kimberly November 28, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Count me among those who are happy to have found your blog! So many of your posts stick with me long after I log off the computer. You should be proud to have touched so many. Keep blogging!

Kimberlys last blog post..The well-read meme

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Manic Mommy November 29, 2008 at 11:01 am

Jennifer, you are a writer. You are an artist who paints words. We are a better community for having you in it.

Manic Mommys last blog post..Wondrous Wednesday

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EWian November 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Just wanted to say HI I am one of those who swing by here a couple of times a month to read you blog, it makes me smile. I am glad you decided to blog…

EWian

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Minnesota Matron November 30, 2008 at 11:13 am

We’re all glad you’re here, too!

Minnesota Matrons last blog post..Last Night’s Three Ring Circus, Involving Hospitals and Electrocutions

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Louise December 1, 2008 at 6:28 pm

And this is the part where I’m supposed to thank YOU for pulling me in? OK, thank you. But I need an assistant to keep up!

And I’m very glad it’s been so good for you. You can’t know until you do it, and the connections ARE wonderful.

Louises last blog post..The Polar Express–My World

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