Have you noticed the counts on the different sections? How they grow each week? We have over 500 blogs listed now!
Kathleen and I try hard to visit as many blogs as we can, but I know that we don't get to read every post by every one. Hah, with 500 bloggers, that would take some doing!
Some of our bloggers are beginners, just starting out, looking for community. I hope you'll take the time to go visit and say hi and follow them.
Just a reminder that most of the sections show the latest 25 updated blogs. That's what I work off of when I make my rounds, but that still gives me over a 100 blogs a day to try to read, and I can't keep up with all of that. This strikes me as a good thing, even while it saddens me to not have enough time to visit and say hi to everyone. And my spring semester will be a bit full, as I have six composition classes and an American Literature class to teach, so at last count, I'll have about 175 students writing dozens of papers of varying length, so my time to read blogs will be curtailed sharply. I'll do my best to continue to read as many as I can, but if I've been a regular reader and all of a sudden disappear for a bit, you'll know why. If I've never been by your blog and commented, I apologize (and if you're on the directory but not fond of me and I know that's how you feel, I'm respecting that and not commenting).
Today, I'd like to ask if you would take the time to try to visit some of the blogs you've never been to and just say "hi, I'm glad you're in our community."
We don't need to leave long, drawn-out comments to show others we care and they are heard; sometimes it's enough to just say hi and that you enjoyed the post. I know it makes my day to read comments, and I bet it makes your days, as well. And I know when a post doesn't draw any comments I'm left wondering if I did something wrong. Bet that happens for y'all, too
I hope this new year is a good year for all of us, that we see this community grow by leaps and bounds and that we focus on what unites us rather than what divides us. When our emphasis is on positive support, we can let the differences alone.
We're all doing the best we can with the information we have. We may think we know better (and in some cases we may be armed with better information), but we know how well bludgeoning others who believe differently works for creating community: it doesn't.
Help us grow this community into a beacon of light so that families new to the diagnosis will find a welcome, positive group to be a part of.