WARNING: I'm going to brag and get generally sappy so if you're not down with that, no need to keep reading.
Here are some comments I've received on my final blog post on AFF:
"All due respect to all the other writers out there, but it was your blog
that convinced me that this section of the site was worth a damn. You
struck a near-perfect balance between stunning pictures and thoughtful
prose. All the best ...."
"Never had a chance to really know you, but I can assure you that your
blog helped me against work stress and being in a bad mood. I don't know
the reason you're leaving, but I wish you all the best. Stay who you
are. I can tell you that you won't be forgotten by me or any other
people who read your blog.
"Thank you for sharing so much of your wonderful self with your
readers. Thank you for giving me the inspiration and the courage to
start my own blog. Thank you for all your support in my various and
assorted adventures over the years. Thank you for all your kind and
encouraging words. Most of all, thank you for a friendship that goes beyond this blog and will continue FOREVER."
"I'm going to miss you sooo much Hun. You have been one of my
inspirations and encouragements to keep going when the shit gets rougher
than I think I could ever handle. Take care and all the best!! Giant hugs!!"
"I've only been following you for a year or so but have come to
appreciate your frankness, perception and willingness to share your life
with us. The good, the bad, the joys and heartaches. Thanks for sharing
and we all will miss you. You will see my name on your other blog and
FB page. All the best in your writing endeavors. I have read the first
three chapter of Mountains Wanted and you have done well hun. Thanks
again for sharing your life with us!!"
"You and your blog forced me to open up...I was never very good at
opening up and confronting my feelings. I tried blogging for about a
year and I opened up to some things I never really thought about before.
I wish you all the success you've earned. I will always consider you a
"I have been a member for about 2 years and a reader of your
blog for almost as long. I have greatly enjoyed reading about your
adventures and journey. You have definitely lived up to the title of
your blog by being an open book. Your blog has been sexy and thought
provoking. I can relate to many of your topics and find that you have
been able to discuss anything with intelligence and class. I have been a
classic "lurker" and rarely comment on other people's blogs, but I
could not simply let you leave without voicing my appreciation for the
words you have written. (and pictures you have posted...you are very
sexy!) So to cap this off...best of luck to you as you continue your adventures away from [the site]. You will be greatly missed."
"Thank you so much for sharing a big part of yourself with us. Your blogs
are thought provoking ,honest, and insightful. I wish you all the very
best in whatever the future holds for you. Take care."
It's just a small sampling of the flattering things people had to say about my blog. It's hard to believe that I have had such an influence on my readers, but seeing it in black and white - it's just so humbling. It was these people who gave me the courage to put myself out there and publish a novel. I may have never been brave enough to write Mountains Wanted without my blogging community. I am forever grateful for their support, feedback, kind words, and sometimes tough love throughout the years!