Thank you, thank you, thank you...to Medgadget, to Epocrates, and to Lenovo, for uniting our community by offering a glimpse of the numerous, amazing medical blogs "out there" through your annual contest. Like last year, my eyes are a little brighter to such infinite talent in the medical writing world. Thank you for your energy brought to this endeavor. To my fellow nominees and winners, my heartiest congratulations on your recognition. Well-deserved and well-placed, each and every one of you. To my fellow nominees and finalists in the Best Literary category, it is truly my honor and pleasure to be listed beside each of you. A reward in and of itself. Thank you for your passionate words and eloquent insights.
Finally, to my readers--my amazing, faithful, insightful, intelligent, and devoted readers--I thank you always for your support, for embracing my words, and for making this such a thrilling personal experience. Your friendships and kindnesses outweigh any awards or votes I may ever receive. Thank you...
There are times when I simply cannot believe that I have been blogging for over a year. November, 2009, in fact, was the official start of this endeavor and now, with the blink of an eye, we sit in the year 2011 with anticipation for another spring and summer to roll around.
When I had first started out, I was diligent and adamant about posting three stories a week, aiming for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Although it was extremely hard work and, at times, exhausting, the rewards were worth it. I remember being in Hilton Head, last March, and staying up until 3 am to finish a post for that Wednesday. Of course, the next day I was a mess on the tennis courts, but I reasoned it was a small price to pay.
As some of you may have noticed, then, I've slacked off a bit since those days of three posts a week. It was late fall/early winter when I finally was able to breath out and not carry around too much guilt if I didn't get several postings done in one week. Sure, I think about writing a story here and a story there, but it was also nice to focus a little more on work, on family, and, especially, on my kids. Something had to give and, unfortunately, it was my blogging.
That said, I am going to try harder to pick up the pace again. Some weeks may entail only one posting, some weeks two. I think the days of three postings a week, though, may be behind us. I thank you, though, for sticking this out with me. The only reason I am still going, of course, is because you, the reader, have been so committed. For that, I thank you.
Finally, I have been asked repeatedly over the past year if there are any posts that are my absolute favorites. It's a question that I can't answer. I view my posts, my stories, as works of literature (in a feeble sort of way), and I don't know if I can pick out a batch of favorites. I do know that the majority of my stories focus on compassion and kindness and those little, obscure moments of humanity that many might miss. When I finish another posting, if I am smiling, then I know I have done some good.
Intrigued by the question, though, I did review my library of postings and was able to pull out several that really hit home with me. And my readers. If you are a new reader to my blog, this might be a great way to catch up on some of my perspective. If you are a tried and true steady reader, these old stories might be a fun read (again). I thank you for visiting some of my older works. So, onward...
If you want to learn a bit more about me;
Against The Norm
The Quivering Finger
Blogging & Me
More about my family;
My Buddy, For Always
The Fringe Benefits
The Beaten Path
A Mother's Cry
Heroes Among Us--Gigi
A Love Story
The Emaciated Shoulder
No Second Chances
This Father's Daughter
The Damaged Eyes of Alcoholism
The Appreciative Cashier
No Love For A Father
The Pit Stop
Please Make Her Comfortable
The Half-Load Predicament
All Bound Up
My John Deere Cap
It Wasn't Me!
How's that for a start? Looking at the list myself, I keep wanting to add to it...it's hard for me to pick one "baby" over another. Some of the funnies, even, have gotten me into trouble. Can you do me a favor, though? I would love to hear from you--to know what previous postings or stories may have hit home with you, hit that raw nerve or made you smile or burst out laughing. Even from ones I haven't mentioned.
Again, big thanks and kudos for all of your support over the past year. I am a lucky and fortunate guy. Happy (and sad) reading...and have a great weekend. See you next week...