When I first linked in with Kate Says Stuff and her Thankful Thursday I would generally have my post written earlier rather than later as I liked to make sure I 'got in early' if you will. It was almost like an internal race with myself to ensure I got as close to the first link in as possible.
Now I have no actual idea where that hair brained idea came from but I had it nonetheless. And it worked really well for me because it meant that I would have a post prepared by Thursday morning. Ok sometimes lunchtime but that was the latest. And I loved it. I loved that I was about to confidently say I was finally regularly writing. For this I was truly thankful for.
Some posts such as this really made me feel that I have hope as a writer. There is a chance that I may actually be able to emotionally affect a reader, even if only for a moment. For that I am thankful. It is for similar reasons I am thankful to Gemma over at My Big Nutshell who posted this which prompted me to write this Medication, Housekeeper, Nanny, or All of the Above? Which again provided me with a glimmer of hope if I am willing to try just a little, or a lot depending on desired outcome. What I am truly thankful though is the kind words about me she shared on her FB page. That brought more readers in an hour than I have had on some whole days.
Lately though coming up with a thankful post has been a bit trickier. It is not that I have had less to be thankful for, because I haven't. My life is incredibly blessed in many ways and I am constantly thankful for all that I have. But for regular readers I have been wondering if they are bored with what I feel like is just the same old same ole. I have also been a bit worried about my thankfulness being superficial. Being something I was just quickly trying to spit out so that I could link up quick in the hope of snagging an extra hit or two. Not exactly in true thankful spirit now is it.
It is now Friday afternoon.
Clearly this post is still not finished. Nor is a Things I Know post, both of which are normally done and dusted by now so I can spend the rest of the afternoon reading all the wonderful things that others know. I know that I don't have to join in with them and that I can still read all the posts others have written without having one of my own, but I just don't want to. I want to get these posts out there because as long as I keep regularly joining in it means I am regularly writing and getting that little bit closer to becoming discovered.
I wish I could say that I am thankful for the kind sponsor who recently approached me and begged me to come on board with their awesome project but alas that is not the case. (Hard to believe I know, maybe tomorrow it will happen?) Instead I am thankful for some more lovely bloggers who have made me feel a little bit special of late.
Firstly the fact that Modern Day Redneck has added APL to his sidebar of blogs he recommends is more than just a little awesome. More than just a little bit awesome was also the way I felt when the lovely Karlee over at The Mother Experiment included me in the 10 Things You Didn't Need to Know About Me thing she had just been tagged in. Then there is the equally lovely Tammy over at Broken Hearted Mummy who included me in her Versatile Blogger Award.
As tiny as these things are in the real world they really did mean a lot to me. I am truly thankful that these people, who really do not know any more of me than the words I have written, took the time to mention me. After all there are thousands, if not a million other blogs out there that they could have referred to, but they didn't. Instead they choose little old me. And for that they are awesome and I say thanks.
Speaking of awesomeness and bloggers I am also thankful for my Monday Mention recipient this week, Diary of a SAHM. Who with her Thankful Thursday post this week proved she was more than deserving of the mention.
Finally I am also thankful for you dear reader. I really appreciate the time you have taken to read what I write. You, the reader make it all seem like a good idea so thanks :)
So what about you? What are you thankful for? Head on over to Kate Says Stuff and join on in or find out what others are giving thanks for this week