I would like to say thank you, which is too much already. There exists no need, really, to go through this whole “I would like to say” rigmarole. I should just say it – “Thank you” – then leave it at that. There. An economy of words, a certain conciseness, it is a wonderful thing in writing, you can ask anyone.
Thank you, Allen Reinertsen, “GOODSTUFF” as all of us knew you, for everything that you did for me. You were the ringmaster, sir, the happy stranger from Bangkok, a shameless self-promoter, and, I suppose, a bit of a pervert, too. Over many years, you did more for my blogs than anyone did. Even now, today, months after the fact, you’ve been dead and gone since October and still you’re bringing more traffic to my words than anyone else does.
I never thanked you, never during your life, for believing in my writing and what’s more, for telling others about it. Me being me, you know, I was always much too arrogant, too cool, too fixated on my next little story to take the time – and it only takes a moment, after all – to say thank you. To be human, to be kind, which is all that matters, in the end, as I understand it.
Blogging is a community. I see that now. I shall not forget it.
On to the unthinkable, the part where I, in what must be a first, acknowledge a blogging award. Out of this community of bloggers which I have found, there is Mydangblog who has seen fit to name me for a Liebster Award, for reasons which cannot be imagined. I will acknowledge it and not be too arrogant, too cool, too fixated on my next little story to say thank you. Not this time. No. Not like before. I am learning better.
Thank you, Mydangblog.
As for the rules, the conditions, the questions: “6) What is one thing about your life you would change?”
Isn’t it obvious? If I could go back, if that were a possibility, somehow, this time I would acknowledge kindness, which is so rare, really. I would show love. I would thank each of you who spends a little time on my page each week.
Here are some criminally underappreciated blogs from people in my blogging community: