Monday, January 9, 2012

What it’s really about . . . .

It’s not about post hits, blog stats and number of comments received.  It’s not about “in crowds” and cliques.  It’s not about complimentary products for review and conference invites and blog awards.  Yes, it’s nice when opportunities come along, but that’s not what it’s really about.  It’s not what drives me to blog and advocate and share.

I think what it’s really about is opening the mail and finding this . . .

PomPomPen
with a card that reads “I kept the other one as a souvenir of the week that changed my life . . .

The minute I saw this little pom-pom pen, I knew exactly where I had seen it before.  During Diabetes Blog Week, Kathy (Minnesota Nice) over at Purple Haze stepped outside of the box and posted a vlog about her journey with diabetes.  (Sorry that the video is no longer available - it was really inspiring.)  The video ended in a cheer - with two silver pom poms - for D-Blog Week.  I was so touched that I cried when I watched that video.  And I cried even more when I opened the box and saw the pom-pom pen and read the card.  This $1 Pom-Pom Pen is worth more to me than a treasure chest full of jewels - and knowing Kathy has its mate makes it even more special and makes me feel even more connected to my friend.

This is what it’s really about.  This is why I blog and advocate and share.  This is why, even if only one person ever read my posts, I’d still be here blogging.  Because if I can help just that one person feel less alone, feel like someone out there gets it, feels their struggle lighten just a bit . . . . then I’ve accomplished everything I’ve hoped to.  Thank you, Kathy, for such a thoughtful gift.  And thank you, to everyone whose blogs and comments changed my life too.

19 comments:

  1. That's so awesome that she sent you that --- what a lovely connection. Minnesota nice really IS nice (says the girl who grew up in Minnesota but was born in Massachusetts so there's a little snark in me!) Thanks for sharing,

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  2. Lovely! Good thoughts to remember.

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  3. Oh I love this, Karen. I really, really love this. The power is in our community, not in the statcounters! Rock on!!!!

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  4. moments like this are such a treasure!...

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  5. This made me smile and feel like there's a pom-pom attached to my heart... how incredibly awesome! You're absolutely right - it's about the people, and the friendships and those moments and memories we create. Thanks for the outstanding post, Karen!

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  6. Hi, Karen! Please consider this comment my virtual pom-pom pen. You've done more for me than anyone, since I started this blog. I feel so lucky, to have happened onto your site that first day. You've changed my life for the better!

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  7. That is so awesome & very touching! It made me smile, because D-blog week was my start and "introduction" to the DOC, so anything tied to it really touches my heart as well! I was just thinking of D-blog week and am SO looking forward to it:) I can't wait!! I feel so incredibly blessed to have made new D-friends and be able to share and not feel so alone:) Thank you, Karen!

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  8. You are so right. I cherish the friendships I've made and support I've gained more than any award or goodie I could ever get.

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  9. That Kathy - she's something pretty darn special, isn't she?

    Did I ever tell you guys about the time she attended a meet-up here with a RUPTURED SPLEEN? I kid you not...that lady is hardcore!

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  10. You should all know that many people like me think of the DOC offline too - not blogging or commenting, but still keeping you in mind and thinking of each one of you as long lost sisters & brothers :)

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  11. These are the little things that make us a community, not just a group of people. :) I <3 you. :)

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  12. Awesome post, Karen. I couldn't agree more. Lots of love, my friend!

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  13. Beautiful Karen! You changed a lot of us during blog week. Seeing this post made me smile. Love your blog!!! xo

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  14. Bonus points for Real Mail! It's so awesome to get a little something that you know someone made the time and effort to handle and send to you. Thanks for making me smile today :)

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  15. amen! you are so, totally and completely right. love you! :)

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  16. This was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

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