Back in 2006 I discovered blogs. I made my own, of course - the now idle version of The Writing Spectacle - and began seeking out other writerly bloggers. I found a list of writing blogs on a website and began working my way through the list, checking out them all out and bookmarking the ones that looked interesting to me.
One of the blogs I followed then was Karin Tabke's. Hers was awesome and really seemed to strike a chord. Of course, she was also a member of a group blog - Murder She Writes - and I tagged along behind her over there. And I found a bunch of new books to read and authors to follow.
I also encountered a group of awesome individuals - both contributors and commenters. That's where I met my friend, Silver, as she commented there. And where I met my friend, Jenn, a contributor there.
Through Silver, of course, I met my friend and editor, JC.
Funny how that happens.
The other connections are mostly gone now, but I learned the other day that even though I haven't spoken to some of these people in years, we're still friends. I mean, I still follow most of the MSW contributors on Facebook, even if I don't interact with them. I still want to know what they're up to. I still feel joy for them when good things happen and sorrow when bad things occur. They're good people.
It's been a long road and I'm honored to have met so many good people on the journey. This writing thing can be pretty lonely, as we all know. People come and people go. When I think about how many I've lost touch with for one reason or another, it makes me kind of sad. But that's life.
Anyway, I wanted to thank you for being part of this journey. I hope you'll stick around and maybe 14 years from now, we'll still be hanging out and having fun, sharing the joys and the sorrows along the way.