My sister brought me this t-shirt from Kentucky.
It says "PRIMPIN' AIN'T EASY".
It's my new favorite thing to wear.
The other day I got a comment on a post from last October and I realized that I've been at this whole blogging thing for a full year. This blog is technically older than that, but there's like a year and a half between the first post and the second, and then I posted pretty sporadically until October of last year. That's when I decided to commit to writing regularly. That's also when I became the Very Worst Missionary. Before that I was just... well, I was still the very worst missionary... but nobody knew it yet.
So I thought this might be a good time to say "thanks".
I don't want to be all awkward about this. I don't want to get all gushy about how awesome you are, or how your comments and emails have often been received at moments, seemingly appointed by God, himself, to lift me up or give me a push exactly when I've needed it. I don't want to go on and on about how your generosity has both kept us afloat and brought me to tears on more than one occasion. And I really don't want to get all sappy, saying how humbled and honored I am that you choose to read, and even more, that you take the time to express yourself here, which has made this more than just a blog about one girl's journey, but a community of free-thinkers that I've come to cherish. So I'll just say this:
I don't know where you came from, or how, out of the billions of pages of interwebz, you stumbled onto mine, but you being here - encouraging me, challenging me, praying for me, for my husband and my family - has been a gift. Your friendship has been a gift. And I'm grateful.
Now, I don't know the first thing about blogging. I have no idea what makes one blog stick while another fades into obscurity. I do know that nobody writes a blog hoping that it will never be read by anyone but their grandma's next door neighbor. And I know that if you aren't putting it out there, if you aren't strutting your long-legged blog stuff for everyone to see, then you're probably not gonna get the traffic that you're hoping for. That's it, my entire wealth of blogging knowledge.
You've got to pimp your blog, but pimpin' ain't easy. You run the risk of looking A) desperate, B) like an arrogant douche, or C) desperate. But it's a necessary evil. That's why I want you to do it, here and now. Pimp your blog. Pimp it like you're wearing a fur coat and a purple fedora. Pimp it good. Tell us why your blog is rad, why we are fools not to read it. Sell it to us like you've planted it on the corner of 15th and MLK Blvd. Do it. And don't forget to give us a link, dummy.
This is the most tangible way that I can thank you. Lame, I know. But someday, when I am the Very Richest Missionary, I will buy you a pimped out Cadillac to show my gratitude. Until then...
Ready? Set? Pimp your blog!