Q: It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for – blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?
Yeah, happy Thanksgiving guys! It’s not something we celebrate where I am from, but hey, my policy on these things is, as long someone somewhere in the world has something to celebrate, I’m celebrating it with them 😀
Wow, I’m thankful for everything that has happened to me this past year, blog related; for all the books I have ever read, even for the ones I didn’t like much or the ones that haunt my nightmares (Ion by Liviu Rebreanu being top list *shivers*), I’m incredibly thankful for the creativity and willingness to share of each and every writer out there.
I’m thankful for all the incredibly awesome people I’ve come to meet, writers and bloggers and readers alike, I’ve made some totally awesome friends and their friendship honors me greatly.
I’m thankful for everyone’s awesome encouragements after the October 10 catastrophe of losing my previous blog, I know I tend to say this a lot, but it has been a really bad moment and I feel I got out of it so well only because of everyone’s awesome support and kindness.
I’m thankful for every writer (or publisher) that contacts me and offers me their book for review, and that feeling that I get with every review request will never get old. I may take it for granted in the future, I don’t know, but right now, I stop and think that there are all these people that aren’t related to me that want to know what I think about their work, that seek me out in order to find out. Of course, they get a little something, I get a little something out of finding each other, it’s a mutual benefit that we do regardless of my thoughts, but the simple fact that they care about my thoughts honors me each and every time. People may take that for granted, because if we have opinions we just naturally assume the world is gonna care about them; living in an ex-communist country, that has gotten reacquainted with the notion of freedom just some 22 years ago, but that still struggles with the communist reflexes in lots of areas of life (especially the politic, governmental and leadership one, sadly), I have a bit of a different perspective on just how important it is to have the freedom to express your thoughts without being sanctioned when they bother someone, and have a special appreciation for the interest anyone has for my thoughts.
I’m thankful for every one of you guys that has in any way followed my blog or added me as a friend anywhere, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, all the other places too; I know we tend to think of these things as numbers, or stats, or whatever, but as a sociologist I’ll always stand by this idea: think about the people behind the numbers, don’t ever fall in the sad trap of thinking about human beings as numbers, whatever the case may be. I look at my modest ‘stats’ as a blogger and feel overwhelmingly thankful for each and every person that has in way contributed to those numbers, they mean a great lot to me.
And though I don’t like to give names usually, I’ll be publicly grateful for Alexis’s (@ Reflections of a Bookaholic) friendship and constant presence, sometimes it may feel like I’m talking at the world instead of with it, but friends like her help keep me focused on the fact that I’m always among friends, and even if they at times choose to hear you out and ponder on it rather then engage in a discussion, I know they’re there. I’m thankful for Michelle’s (@ Book Briefs) invaluable friendship and help as well, she makes my creative world go around with her kind support.
I am obviously thankful for Rachel (@ Parajunkee) and Alison’s (@ Alison can Read) #FF galore, and for considering to feature me in January no doubt in a kind and generous effort to help me rebuild my blog after the October loss, you guys make our blogging world go around! I’m real thankful for Kathy’s (I Am a Reader not A Writer) awesome giveaway hops, and for not deeming my blog as not family safe, thereby allowing me to participate in her giveaway hops in the future (I hope, lol), they’re awesome events that bring us all together in a feel good awesome way. I’m thankful for every blogger that hosts any kind of cool blog hops, like The Story Siren, or GReads, or The Broke and The Bookish; I’m thankful for the bloggers that organize awesome challenges for us all to participate in, setting goals for yourself and trying to achieve them and go beyond any kinds of limitations is noble and inspiring, so The Book Vixen, Book Chick City, and all others, here’s to you and your awesomeness!
And finally, I’m grateful for everyone over at Google, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and all other such places, I’m super grateful because they took the notion of freedom of thought and speech in such a literal way that they made it happen for us all through all these awesome tools for blogging and sharing and connecting. I’m thankful for this feeling of world wide togetherness that they help instill in us, it’s a great idea to entertain, the notion that we’re all together in this beautiful thing called freedom.
p.s.: I’m thankful for you, yeah you, the one reading this, for putting up with my usual XXL rants and ravings and ramblings, you’re awesome!
What about you? Comment and tell me or link me to your #FF! And don’t forget to hop around and say hi to people, we’re in this together ne?