I just wanted to say, first of all, a quick hello to you all – Hello! – and thank you all for your time, your follows, your comments, your likes and the budding relationships I am privileged to be forming with many of you.
I want to let you know that for every one of you that has followed me, I have followed you back. Over time this has resulted in my following 100+ of you, though many have quickly unfollowed as seems to be a tactic (or so I have learned from reading through some of your blogs) to increase one’s followers… though maybe some have just realized that I am not their particular taste. And either of those are A-OK with me. I am happy to have readers who enjoy getting to know me or appreciate or may learn from what I have to say. But back on track, the number of you I am now following is resulting in my being slow to get around to checking out each and every one of your blogs, which is a goal I have set for myself, to return the favour to each and every one of you. So if I haven’t been a presence on your page, I am slowly working my way through and trying to give all of your pages the diligence they deserve, rather than haphazardly liking your latest post and moving on to the next one. Some quick math tells me that if I were to spend just 5 minutes on each blog before moving on to the next, that it would take a solid 10-12 hours to get through them all. Please understand that because you have so many wonderful things to say and so much content to share, that has taken you hours, days, months to produce, that 5 minutes is simply not good enough to do your work justice.
On a side, if you have followed me and found I have not followed you back, it is either because I am outside of my isp reach, or because I wasn’t able to figure out how to follow you back (I have a feeling this place will continue to confuse me for a long time to come!).
I may not always comment on a post, not knowing the exact right words to say, but if I have liked your post you can take that to mean that I have fully read it, absorbed it and appreciated it. If I have simply liked it instead of commenting, even if it was a comment worthy post, it may also have been because I simply ran out of time but wanted you to know I was there and that I enjoyed what you had to say. If I have commented, it is because a simple like just could not do it justice, or because I thought your take on a topic interesting enough to hope to start a dialogue – and because I had the time to do so. If you do not reply to me, my feelings are not hurt and I will not unfollow you because of it, as I understand that blogging and life and commenting take more out of your day and yourself than a casual onlooker might suspect. I know you all put your heart and souls into your pages, and I commend you all for it.
If I am taking too long to reply to or acknowledge your comments on my page, please know that I will get around to doing it eventually. When I do reply, and I always will (or will at the very least, like) it is because I want to fully read your comment, think upon it and give it the due diligence it is worthy of. The longer, more in depth or more thoughtful your comment is, the longer the delay may be in my response, as I may want to go back and read my own writing to pinpoint exactly where you had referenced, I want to think of the right words to say (I’m a word junkie), and I may want to visit your blog and do some more thorough reading in order to understand where you may have been coming from while posting your comment.
Keep in mind that I am a shepherd/rotti x mama, I have a regular day job that also requires me to fly out of town 1-3 times a week, I have a boyfriend, 11 immediate family members to keep up with, friends, hobbies and interests I can’t forget about and am the only person taking care of my own place. Time is always at a premium!
If I am taking too long to write the post you have asked me to write (you know who you are!), then understand that I am honoured that you have made this request of me, and I am taking some time to think of the perfect angle to approach this post with and am trying out different scenarios and stories in my head, debating on how I can best convey my own take on a topic, while giving you the content you requested.
I am not blogging on a particular schedule just yet, as I am just still new enough here that I want to create posts that are meaningful to me, while giving you, my reader, enough content and diversity of it, which has resulted in me posting more frequently at the moment than I will in the future, so that should you find yourself enjoying your experience at thebrokegirl and want to stop and browse for a while, hopefully there will be at least a few different things that may make your stop worthwhile – almost like flipping through your own personal magazine. So I repeat again, while I will come up with a more consistent schedule and post less frequently in the future, for the moment I want to build up some content so that you know what to expect from me, so you can learn a little more about me, and so that there is enough for you to flip through should you choose to stay a while.
I admit I have been posting somewhat more often than I could be also because of the newness factor, and I just have so much I want to say and share, and such a plethora of ideas that some days it feels as if I can’t post often enough. Working on my blog and learning more about blogging is also my newest addiction, so if you see a little more from me than you would care for the meantime, please try to refrain from the eye rolls and groans on ‘yet another post’, and understand I will get better with time!
I would like to add here, as I draw to a close, that I am always interested in any comments, questions, criticism you may have for me. If you have tips for navigating through the blog world, trust that I have likely never heard them before, and would be thrilled to receive any advice and knowledge you may have to impart upon me. If you have suggestions for anything you would like to see in the future, I would be thrilled to hear them. If you have questions for me, I would be thrilled to receive them and will answer the best I can. If you just want to say hi and tell me a little more about yourself, I would be thrilled to get to know you a little better.
And lastly, thank you again for your time and for your presence here at thebrokegirl. I appreciate each and every last one of you xo