Last Thanksgiving, I spent the bulk of the afternoon darting in and out of the coat closet at my in-laws’ house. It was my first feature on Rockstar Finance, and I was absolutely mesmerized. Take a bite, catch up with a relative, check my phone. After three months of
blogging talking to myself, people were actually going to see my blog. Was this real life?
I was completely gobsmacked that Des from Half Banked would submit my post. Nevermind the fact that J$ and C$ would actually feature it. That morning was a series of squeals and incoherent explanations to my husband. Literally. My entire Thanksgiving morning was comprised of alternating recipes lines and awkward jigs in the kitchen. It was the best.
After that initial realization sunk in, I was quickly mesmerized by the WordPress dashboard. In a blink, the bar graph scale adjusted. I hit triple digits. Then quadruple digits. On the day when people were supposed to be stuffing their faces and then flopping on couches, begging for second helpings and Tums, they were also reading my blog.
In that instant, I realized I had a whole different world to be thankful for.
I am an anonymous blogger from the Midwest. My thumbnail and favicon are both photos of change I found on the ground. While I may have a background in writing, I definitely know next to nothing about blogging. And while I have learned some things about money, I would never paint myself as an expert. In fact, I learn with every post I create.
And yet people comment on my blog. We connect on Twitter. We exchange emails. Some of you–technology gods help you–have even taught me to Skype.*
*Seriously, Fin Con people? These friends deserve a medal.
Beyond that, I’ve learned so much from so many of you who are experts. You’ve shared your time, talent, and understanding so patiently. It’s really remarkable.
And in the most unexpected turn of all, Tip Yourself even hired me. I’ve had the opportunity to write professionally this year while watching not only an app, but an entire community, take off.
Yes, I’m grateful for family and friends, health and happiness. I’m so blessed in my real life. But this virtual life I have, this little slice of cyberspace? This is truly something else for which I am beyond grateful.
Wishing you all a weekend filled with love and laughter, friends!
And have an extra slice of pie for me.
With love & thanks,
PS – I’ll revive my “grateful for” tweets this weekend. If you care to follow along, you can find me here!
PPS – Yes, I actually baked that pie. And no, there probably won’t be any left by Thanksgiving day. Whoops.