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A Special Thank You

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A fool once told me, after I started blogging, that it was useless to think the ‘like’ button on WordPress was anything but a way for others to make me read their work. She told me that the comments I received were worthless. Drivel. Dishonest. That I couldn’t believe anything but that which was brutal, because praise was purely selfish. Her disdain for those she wishes to attract to her own blog is indefensible. It’s no wonder she allows no comments on her site.

This is how I first learned to blog.

I’m overjoyed to have learned the opposite of what I was told. I have made some true friends on WordPress, since I began writing here. I’ve found kindness and acceptance. I’ve found people with whom I share things in common. I’ve laughed with you, I’ve cried for you; I’ve found more honesty here at WordPress than I could possibly have hoped for. I’ve found brilliant insight, read fantastic rants, and taken in beautifully creative fiction and poetry.

Each and every one of you are so dear to me. You’ve helped me find confidence in myself, and many of you have allowed me into your lives. I am so very grateful.

Thank you, so very much to all my readers. WordPress has gifted me with a truly valuable community. I don’t know what I’d do without you all.

Thank you.

Linda

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

82 thoughts on “A Special Thank You

  1. So glad that you found my blog, as now I have found YOURS.
    –Barbara

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  2. visit, read the article and thanks for posting your article is quite good and we hope that all our friends all success and thank you all, greetings. (This is a good thing) πŸ™‚

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  3. Linda, I am pleased to tell you that I’ve awarded you the Blog of the Year Award 2013! There’s no obligation to accept, I understand completely if you don’t. Anyway, thanks for reading and liking my blog β€œadicanada” I appreciate your support. For details about the award, please see my post http://wp.me/p3ujR2-hg Have a Happy Holiday and All the best for you on the New Year!! Adrian B.

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  4. I’ve just stumbled on your blog, and what a lovely first post to read! It is encouraging to me in my own wordpress journey, and I hope I can one build up the kind of community you now draw support from πŸ™‚

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  6. And you can see how popular you are also. I love comments and engaging with those who read my posts. Isn’t it strange that the very thing you most like about blogging have made OM pull back.

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    • Engaging, yes. It’s really what this website is all about.

      It is ironic. But then I tend to be much less controversial than OM. In all though, I think it’s what he enjoyed the most too, even when people disagreed with him.

      Thanks so much for your comment, Tric. I’m truly happy to have found you here. πŸ™‚

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  7. Great read and insightful. (In a non-selfishy kind of way πŸ˜‰ )

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  8. Ah, Linda this place wouldn’t be the same without you!

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  9. You’re very welcome. And thank YOU in return! πŸ˜€

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  10. That’s brilliant Linda. There will be those that just ‘like’ to get attention but I think these are in the minority. Glad your experience reflects this. Keep posting, MM πŸ€

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  11. and you are very dear to us , I personally value and enjoy your posts! Keep on blogging !!

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  12. Blogging, I think, is like any other relationship. You can treat it like a business: my like for your like. Or you can treat it like friendship. If you show real interest and engage with someone, they’ll engage with you as well. Or not. But that’s okay. Insincere comments and likes may work for a little while, but I doubt they will serve to create long-term relationships and readers.

    Oh, and I’ve known you only for a little while and read only few of your posts, but I already like you. I’m glad you changed your mind :D.

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    • Thank you πŸ˜€ I’m enjoying your blog very much too, what I’ve seen of it. And sometimes you just know when you’ve found someone you get along with – I feel the same way. πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comment πŸ˜€

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  13. Yes there are people like that but so few and far between the tremendous wordpress support you get. So glad you’ve persevered and blessed us with your writing. I hope you keep at it.

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  14. Now it’s green and snowy…How festive!!

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  15. I’m new at your blog yet, but I appreciate our communications too. I use to like, when I see something, that I like, and comment when I feel, I have something to say to the single blogger. I’m happy for my friendships in here too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in here.
    Irene

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  16. Linda, you always have just the right way to say the right things. The engagement with others is what makes WP such a wonderful place πŸ™‚ I am happy to have met you here.

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  17. That’s a ton of comments. Clearly someone loves what you write!

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  18. Well said, Linda. Feeling is mutual.

    Just saw your photo. Are you ever young!

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  19. So many wonderful people here on wordpress, Linda!!!

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  20. I have always enjoyed your posts. I also have made some friends since I started in July. I only hit like when I truly enjoy the post not just because I follow.

    DJ

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    • I think many of us who really appreciate the meaning of WordPress and the people here, do the same – only ‘like’ things we actually enjoy. It’s amazing how easy it is to find friends here, isn’t it?

      Thanks so much, Danny. πŸ™‚ It’s great having you around.

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  21. Your first sentence said it all “a fool”.

    There will always be disingenuous people whether it be at the grocery store, church, or on WP. But there are genuine honest people too. It’s been fun getting to know you.

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  22. Commenting on someone else’s blog is what got me into this in the first place because then other people started commenting on my comments. And eventually it led to my first guest post and then to my own blog. I’m glad I didn’t have that lady “advising” me when I first started out!

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    • I honestly almost gave up. It was because of the eventual interaction I had despite her that I kept going, so it seems we found the real value of WordPress pretty much the same way. πŸ™‚

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  23. Comments are worthless? Couldn’t be farther from the truth! I only post on Mondays, but I always look forward to the back-and-forth conversations in the comment section. I get so many great laughs and learn new things, too, just as I do when I visit other people’s sites and comment on theirs. If it weren’t for the interaction, what would be the point of blogging? πŸ™‚ So I’m with you on this!

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  24. It was my pleasure meeting you and reading your daily adventures and writings. Keep it up and I hope you will not get discourage by some cynic out there πŸ˜‰

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  25. Aww I’m so glad, Linda. I feel the same way about the WP community. It is a wonderful place with many generous voices. So glad I am here with you xx

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  26. Thank you also! It is a real community we have here and I’ve grown to truly enjoy and appreciate the friendships as well.

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  27. You took the words right outta my mouf.
    I love WP

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  28. I feel I am new to the WordPress family but it really is a good comforting and loving place. Hugs.

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  29. Love your stuff. Thank you.

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  30. Well said!

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  31. Some people, I like everything they write and read them compulsively. Other people, I like what they write here and there. I certainly have my favorites. Follows, I believe, are more indicative of fake enjoyment.
    I, too, have made friends here, and I relish every conversation.

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  32. You’re very welcome, though I should really be thanking you. You’re one of my favorites on WordPress and I’m glad that you think so highly of your readers πŸ™‚

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  33. I’m just here to make you read my stuff. I’m just super dedicated to that pursuit. πŸ˜‰ It’s been awesome learning about you, your struggles, and your family. Thanks for sharing it.

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  34. i’m so glad you have learned that the opposite is true. i’ve learned a lot since i first began as well. best, beth

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