My readers (yes, you) are really awesome. I mean it. In looking back over the ten years when I started this whole writing and publishing thingy I have so many fond memories of the things you’ve said and done for me. Among them:
The Respectful Nature of Your Feedback
In this world of online haters and nasty people, you all have been really lovely to hear from. Even when you disagree with me, you’re respectful and pleasant. I so appreciate that about you.
Some of you write to encourage me on and some to ask questions. Others write because they disagree with something, or because they have a suggestion. I listen to them all.
Do I get grumps sometimes? Haters? Sure. Anyone that writes (online or elsewhere) does. But the majority of the people that contact me are really sweet and it makes me cherish you all and this job all the more.
The Feelings You Share
You’re honest and passionate. Some of you are hurting. Some just wonder why people do the things they do. Some wonder why they can’t find love or friendship. I want you to know that I appreciate every one of you that emails me and tells me how you feel. You’ve done this from the very beginning, through all my books and freelance jobs. You’ve always contacted me and told me what you’re thinking and feeling and how my writing impacts that. I take that to heart.
The Variety of You All
I have a wide variety of people who write me in various age ranges and backgrounds. I’ve mentioned that there seems to be a certain type of person that enjoys my poetry but I also have certain types of people that write about my dating articles or friendship advice.
And they vary.
You might assume that mostly women write me, but it’s actually split down the middle pretty evenly. Does that surprise you? It doesn’t surprise me. All anyone wants is to feel accepted, and that doesn’t change as you get older. I have some younger people write me, but many middle aged and older people, too. And that variety is remarkable to me.
I enjoy hearing from each of you and learning about your individual perspectives.