Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thank you, thank you, 112 times thank you

I was so busy not posting for so long, then posting my brains out at the beginning of bedrest, that I failed to notice my 100th post. This is actually post #112. My blogaversary is in a month (May 30th), so it's hard to decide what to spend all my party funds on. Do I get an ice cream cake and cut it into 100 slices to commemorate my posts? Or do I get a pinata of some sort, fill it with empty vials and used needles, then smash it to smithereens on May 30th? (Yes, I know that's dangerous, I'm only kidding here.)

Anyway, thank you so much for those of you who have taken the time to read my ramblings. Whether you're part of the Braces Bunch crew who have been kind enough to read mostly from the beginning, whether you've been reading for 6 months, or whether this is your first time reading (sorry it's so dull today), thank you. Your comments have helped me more than any mere words can possibly say. The friendships I've had the fortune to cultivate -- including the in-person ones with the Order of the Plastic Uterus ladies -- are ones that I treasure beyond description. I absolutely, undoubtedly, most definitely would have gone stark, raving mad if I didn't have your support. I wish I was kidding, but I'm not.

I became a fairly boring blogger once I got pregnant this time. I had no idea what to say, I couldn't bear the thought of being a whiner. I'm sure I lost many a reader due either to my pregnant state (which I completely understand) or due to my lame-ass posts (which I completely understand). I was never diligent enough to pay attention to my subscription numbers to see if they rose or fell over the year. I definitely get less comments now, but that's okay too. What's crazy is that when I get my sitemeter reports, I'm still getting lots and lots of hits per day and per week. So I suspect that people are still reading, they just aren't commenting.

This is all fine. Except now that I have nothing but time to lounge around on my ass and think, I'm starting to wonder just who is reading. Never mind that on numerous occasions I have noticed that the location is frighteningly close to home -- often times just a city or two away. I'm not terribly worried about that because the smack that I talk about people is typically the same things I say to them in person anyway. However, I'm intrigued by how I get so many hits and so few comments.

Here is where I let my insecurity hang out. As soon as Mel posted a little while back about how she wondered who was still reading (since her comment numbers were down), I thought, "Right on. I wonder the same thing myself." So I'm asking if you wouldn't mind letting me know you are out there. A simple, "Yup, I read your crappy posts. I just don't comment because they aren't comment-worthy" would be fine. (Obviously you could skip the hostile tone, but you get the point.)

In the meantime, please accept my most sincere thanks for being my support system this past year. It's a rare and delicate gift, these friendships, and one that I don't ever take for granted.

33 comments:

Mommy Someday said...

Hi there! I'm reading but not commenting. I really enjoy your blog, but I am just terrible at leaving comments...I never feel like I have anything useful to say :-).

Jendeis said...

Ditto on Mommy Someday's comments. I'm always here! :)

JJ said...

You know Im always reading=) Speaking of...I havent seen your lovely mug commenting over in my neck of the woods recently ;)

Fertilized said...

I read and comment for the most part!

Gabby said...

I always read your post! I have been lacking on the commenting for everyone lately. :[ But know I am always reading!

Waiting Amy said...

I'm here! I'm here!

I always read and try to comment. I'm eagerly awaiting spidey's arrival!

Meghan said...

I'm always reading! Don't comment quite as often lately, but that's just my own funk, nothing to do with your lovely and entertaining posts!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your 100th post and Blogiversary coming up. I always check in to see how you are doing.

Sunny said...

Hey baby you know I am reading!!! WOOT WOOT!!!

Samantha said...

I'm reading too! And frankly think that uneventful pregnancies are better than exciting ones! Having to go on bedrest is already too much excitement!

My Reality said...

I am here!

Jackie said...

I'm a regular reader and probably not very often commenter-part of the BB.

Bee Cee said...

Been here from the start, albeit under a different disguise (O.ne M.racle N.eded)

I remember your first 'communication'...the email via JJ to all the Braces Bunch. You didn't think you were a good enough writer to have a blog, I am glad you changed your mind.

Thank you too

P.S I'll echo JJ's comment too....you haven't left a ditty for me in a long time ;)

Tam said...

I'm still here and your posts aren't crappy!!

Hope everything is still going well with you and Spidey, we all can't wait for his safe arrival!!

Big hugs xxx

Anonymous said...

I read frequently, but usually do not comment. I enjoy your posts and am very happy for your impending arrival.

Kathy V said...

While I do read regurlary, I often feel like my comment won't add much to the conversation. I am sorry that I have been remiss in my commenting. I love getting comments so I could understand how others do too. SOrry about that. When I started my blog and joined the bb in November, I really started reading a lot more of my bb buddies. I still have spring cards sitting around. I promise you will be receiving one soon. And I will comment more.

I enjoyed reading the poem Twas the night before transfer. While I haven't had some of the same experiences you did, I still enjoyed it. I was also glued to you blog while I was trying to figure out what was happening during the nanny gate days.

Jenn said...

Hi- I've been reading since going through IVF around the same time as you last summer. I'm due 11 days after you with boy/girl twins, though I'm scheduled for my section at 37 weeks. I've loved reading your posts since we're going through this at the same time-- I'm just not much on commenting!

Kami said...

I read too, but not sure if I comment every time. I'm bad that way. :)

Karen said...

I read your posts, I just haven't been commenting because of that damn triplet factor!

Delenn said...

Catching up on the reading here. Sorry to hear about Rho. Also happy to hear your bedrest is not going to badly.

Keep hanging in there.

Rho said...

I think you're blogtastic, the blog-digity if you please...Ms. Blogger, if you're nasty.

Thank YOU for all your support over these last 29 months and turning me on to the world of blogging.

kati said...

Leah, I am still visiting your blog once in a while but don't comment. It's just that after losing my pregnancy (which was close to yours) I couldn't deal with the "reminders." I am glad though that (besides bedrest) you are doing good.

take good care.

Sue said...

I'm still reading, and you're never boring - I just don't comment!

punkymama said...

I read frequently but I am a lousy commenter. Good Luck on bed rest!!

A New Beginning said...

Of course we are all reading. Now you get to read our lame ass comments! Have a great day!

Candace said...

Leah, I am certainly here and I enjoy reading your blog. I promsie to post more & I hope you keep posting after the little one arrives. I am still in the TTC stage and your story is inspiring!
Hugs and try to take it easy.:)
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Artblog said...

thinking of you Leah my love, Baby D's keeping me verrrrry busy but you're always in my thoughts :) XXXXXXXX

Bean said...

Hey lady. I'm always lurking around. I've just been so busy that I'm hardly commenting at all -- not even posting on my own site!
Hope the bed rest is going ok--not to dull and boring. ;)

Portia P said...

I'm here!

Not always got something interesting to say - but you probably feel the same about me and my sporadic posts - if you're still a regular over at DTM, that is, my dear.

x

Kim said...

Congrats!

I still read :O). And your posts are totally comment-worthy, I'm just a crappy commenter.

neila said...

i read, too!

Drowned Girl said...

i'm here!

seussgirl said...

I'm a little late to this post, but I'm reading! (Sometimes just catching up on a lot of posts at once). I hope everything went well this morning - waiting for the update!