Monday, Ames and I were emailing back and forth, and talking about two of our favorite bloggers, Miz Sheree (It's Not That Deep) who graciously guest-posted for me yesterday, and Whitley from The Queen City Style. In particular, I mentioned a comment that Miz Whitley left me a few weeks ago that was one of my favorite comments that I have ever received in the 3 years that I have been writing this blog.
Whitley said in her comment: "I went to LuckyFABB last week in NYC and attended a break out session on finding your voice. The moderator asked if others have examples of blogs we admire, and I stood up and told everyone about Merci Blah Blah, because it is so true! You have such a voice that is all your own. So unique, witty, fun. I told the group that as a fellow full-time stay-at-home-mom that I could relate and I love that you say what everyone else is thinking! Anyway, I love ya and the feel good you provide me!!"
Whitley - I know I responded to your comment at the time, but seriously. Still, a month later, that comment makes me smile. It is great to receive ANY comment, and I am deeply honored - REALLY - each time someone takes a minute to comment on my blog. I love hearing that someone liked how I put together an outfit, but at the end of the day, what REALLY matters to me is that something I wrote meant something to a reader. That it touched them somehow, or made them laugh, or spit coffee on their monitor.
Maybe that need to be loved or appreciated for what I write goes back to my Comp 110 days in high school, with Maryfrances Wagner, who will forever remain my Favorite Teacher Ever. The first educator who made me feel like what I had to say was important, or creative, or unique. Because The Most Important thing to me, is that when someone reads what I have written, that it is genuine. That whether it is silly or sappy or sad, it is MY voice. Unique to me. And believe me, I have days when the words just don't flow quite as easily, and I feel like I'm forcing them. But baby, on the days that they DO flow, all is right with the world.
So I guess this post is a big fat THANK YOU, not just to Sheree and Whitley, but to everyone who stops by to see what the hell I have to say or what crazy things are going on in my life everyday. Because Lord knows there are plenty of other blogs out there in the blogosphere, and I know you don't HAVE to come here, but I am grateful that you do choose to spend a few minutes here. To those readers who comment - you should know that every comment I get gives me a thrill each time I see one come in. Well, except for that one commenter once who told me I had "...way too many photos of myself, and not in a GOOD way..." on my blog. That one pretty much sucked donkey you-know-whats.
And to those of you who may not comment, but I know you're there anyway, thank you too, for all the reasons I said above. Sheesh, I did not mean to turn this post into a sap-fest. I just think I don't say it enough. I love you, man. Ya'll rock.
Chambray shirt: JC Penny
Boots: Libby Edelman, TJ Maxx
Small Necklace: TJ Maxx
Large pendant Necklace: Vintage, from my mom