Here’s Looking at You, Kid

Dear Readers,

I know who some of you are.

Generally, though, I don’t really have a clue who is reading this blog. I know some of you have special-needs children. Some of you don’t. Perhaps some of you just like a nice, honest catalogue of poop stories and anti-Pinterest reality tales.

Who am I to judge?

I’m thinking of this mysterious amorphous biomass of “blog readers” because I’m at a writing retreat in this charmed place.

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I know. Poor me, right?

I’m meeting writers and learning about writing and generally trying to hone my craft and so on.

You, dear readers, are on my mind. I’m thinking of you because you are my first audience. Instant publication via the miracle of the Internet connects my words to people who know the truth about my life and keep coming back for more.

It’s sort of amazing. And even if it were just me and my mom and my webmaster/hubs, Dutch, and some Eastern European porn sites checking in regularly here, it would be worth it.

What I want to say to you, readers, is this:

1. We discussed at this retreat the fact that nobody comments on blogs anymore because a) iPhones make it a giant hassle and b) people prefer to be lurkers, and c) maybe commenting on blog is passé, but I refuse to believe this. Comments are welcome, friends. Unless you are spamming the comments with sunglasses sales pitches. I like to hear from the people behind the Google Analytics stats. I really, really do.

2. Thank you for reading my words.

I mean it.

  9 comments for “Here’s Looking at You, Kid

  1. Abby
    July 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I have loved reading your blog ever since we became friends on Facebook! Your posts are so honest and you always have a positive look on your poop stories. I always look forward to reading your blog!

  2. allison
    July 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I read your blog! My kids aren’t classified as “special needs” but they definitely have their own unique “special needs”. Your blog helps me look at the bright side on hard days. The mother’s love you show to your children is so Christ-like that it makes me want to do better. I’m sure some, if not most, days are hard, but you keep on truckin’ and I truly admire you! Thank you for sharing a bit of your heart to all us unknown readers out there :-).

  3. Heather
    July 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    To my dearest, amazing, honest, talented, loving, and inspiring friend….I love your blog. It makes me want to do better and be better. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It makes me grateful to have friends like you who “get it.” I feel like a million bucks when I get the chance to actually be in your presence because you are just so stinkin’ fabulous in every way. Forgive me for lurking sometimes and not commenting….but know that I love you even when I don’t leave you a shout out. 🙂

  4. pamela
    July 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    My name is Pamela. Mom to a new baby. Live in the valley. And I’m a lurker. 🙂 love your blog, such humor, such truth.
    🙂

  5. July 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    People out of the woodwork commenting. Very cool. Blogging platforms need to redo their UX for this new mobile world we live and blog in. If it’s not fast, easy, and fun, people don’t do it. People still comment on Facebook. Why? Perhaps because it’s easy and it’s connected so they get to see responses. If I comment on a blog, I have to remember to come back to see if anybody replies. But now I find myself rambling because I spend my 9-5 Mondays thru Fridays worrying about user interfaces and experiences.
    I love reading your blog because I love reading good writing and your experiences certainly humble me. Hope your retreat was amazing. That’s probably a given with who was involved.

  6. Anne
    July 14, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Hello, Hello…I’m a lurker from South Carolina. I found you via another blog several months ago. I keep coming back because of your writing and, more importantly, your grace.

  7. Heather
    July 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Ok… I admit it that I don’t know you except through an article you wrote which was published on the local news site and you changed my world and wrote everything I was thinking and feeling about my own “Special needs” family. I also can’t stand the word amazing when tied to myself and my mothering skills, or any situation I’m dealing with. Since then I follow your blog because 1-I love sarcasm, 2-I love someone who keeps it real, and 3-I really do love your Code Brown stories which probably make you want to hit me, but I admire you and if I could have red hair like you that would be “amazing!!”

  8. July 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I read your blog because even though I don’t get to see my dear cousin’s family often, I really do love you all and enjoy hearing about your little triumphs throughout a really difficult life. It reminds me to be patient with my own imperfect family. Keep it up!

  9. Kristina Thomas
    July 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I love reading your blog. I have a Down Syndrome brother, so special needs kids have a special place in my heart. You have a great writing style and I’m sad that I won’t have Jack on my bus this fall; I really enjoyed him and his cheerfulness. But at least I still get to drive special ed!

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