I think I first became aware of blogs around the year 2002. Certainly political blogs were starting to play a big role in the way we receive information around that time. It wasn’t long after that when I became aware of knit blogs. I started reading a few popular knitting blogs and I found the concept really intriguing. I did a bit of research into the whole process and, as you know, I took the plunge myself in January 0f 2005.
During my research I read that many people who write blogs receive unsolicited gifts from their readers. I thought that was pretty cool and I wondered if it would ever happen to me. Sure enough, as my blog gained a little fame and my readership expanded, I did occasionally win a contest or two – and I still do on a rather frequent basis. In those early days there were a lot of swaps and I participated in those and had a lot of fun with that, too. Eventually, as I became friends with some of my blog readers we started to occasionally surprise each other with gifts and packages.
The outright gift, though? The surprise package from a blog friend you’ve never even met? That is still a rare and wonderful thing and that’s why I was so excited to receive a package from my dear friend Kym last week.
She has been encouraging me on my exercise path and she sent me a gift of an awesome t-shirt and a very supportive and thoughtful note. The shirt is soft and bears a sentiment that I am learning to embrace but, truth be told, that note means more to me than any gift. It speaks to my heart and shows a depth of understanding on Kym’s part that would be eerie if it weren’t so awesome.
This blogosphere we have created is a very good thing and I’m grateful to be a part of it.