I don’t usually post on Sunday. I don’t usually post more than four times a week. I don’t usually write short posts. Today is different. No Facilities is five years old today. Ready for Kindergarten I guess.
I always thought that, if I made it to five years, I’d look back and explain how I got here and how this blog evolved into what it is today. I thought I’d recap the stats in a play-by-play fashion.
Now that I am here, I just want to say thanks.
Thank you for reading, for connecting, for encouraging me with ‘Likes’ and extending my curious train of thought with your comments. Thank you for giving me the example of your thoughts, words, poetry, photographs and artwork to follow. Thank you for being the voices of reason, for making me laugh and for trusting me to respect your sad moments.
Five years ago, I wrote about the then hot topic of social media influence which I considered ridiculous. Today, I am happy to add you to the list of people who do influence me. Your collective influence is subtle, but I recognize and appreciate it.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank my family. My daughter has encouraged me, loaned me photos, inspired several posts, and waited while I snapped photos of door after door. My brother, who reads and comments (mostly) offline, but who helps me fill in the historic details of our family, and who has waited as I snapped photos of Iowa door after Iowa door. My editor, what can I say? 483 times – I had to sneak one stat in – she has deleted commas, added commas, inserted ‘that’ and ‘of’ and left question marks next to sections that simply didn’t make sense. It’s more than 483, because she flat-out vetoed a few posts with an “are you sure you want to go there?” I did want to go there, but she helped me find a better path.
I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank a small band of very creative and very supportive people. These friends helped me understand more about this craft of writing than I ever imagined I could know. They inspire me with their imaginative work, with their attention to detail and with the way in which they look at the world, and the frequency with which they find beauty. If you want to meet them, consider joining the Cherished Blogfest, which they co-sponsor.