Don't Be Shy!
Hello there! I've seen you stopping by on my traffic feed or showing up in my stats, I know you're out there! I'm glad that you've stopped by to check out what I had to say here, and maybe even stayed around a bit to read. My blog friends can tell you that I tend to string a lot of words together into big ideas and long posts, but you've probably already noticed that! I'm sorry, I can't help it... I really love to ramble on! :-)
I know that when I first started blogging I was hesitant to comment on other people's posts. I wasn't sure I had anything worth saying, and I didn't want to sound really dumb. I also noticed that a lot of bloggers seemed to have a close-knit group of friends who always commented, and I didn't want to horn in on their party. So I kept quiet. They call it "lurking", but I don't like that word much, it sounds so sinister. I could easily be accused of lurking my way thru life. I am often an observer, one who likes to stand back and watch the action and note what other folks are doing. I like to learn how people think and find out what makes them tick. You are welcome to observe!
One thing you might discover if you hang around here often, is that there is a pretty diverse group of bloggers stopping by and exchanging comments with me. I like that! I live my life that way too, not aligning myself with one group or another, but interacting with people from all places and all walks of life. Things are so much more interesting that way... and you learn a lot more too! You have to open your mind to realities that are different from your own, and from the kind of life you've always known.
I just wanted to say hello, and to assure you that you are always welcome here. If the urge strikes you, please add a comment now and then. It doesn't have to be long, or fancy. Tell me if you agree or disagree, or if you have another way of looking at it. I am always open to new input, there are no sacred cows on my blog! Well, with the exception of my friends here - don't be putting any of them down, that's one thing that gets me fired up in a hurry! Everyone has a story and everyone has words to share, this is a place for listening and learning, caring and encouraging. I try to carry that philosophy over in my comments on other blogs too. You know that old saying.... "If you can't think of anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"! There is always a way to state your opinion respectfully, and that's welcome here. Showing respect is important when you go visiting.
But please, don't feel like you don't belong here, or don't have anything intelligent to say. Everyone has value! Stretch yourself a little, stick your neck out and put some words down. Don't be shy, just say "hi". I'm truly glad to have you dropping by! :-)