I have discovered something! There is a “stats” button on the blog dashboard. It tells me something almost incomprehensible. One hundred sixty people have read something I have written in the last eighteen days. Amazing!
Here I am, just overjoyed that I have been able to clear the space to write everyday, amazed and blessed to be part of this little community who read each other’s slices and then leave encouraging and thoughtful comments. Here I am, just toodling along, writing bits of this or that daily snippet that strikes me as funny, interesting or beautiful. And I find I have visitors – from all over the United States! From China! From Mexico, Estonia and South Korea! From the United Arab Emirates! Is this possible?
I thought I was passing notes to friends in class, but no. I have been rolling up small notepapers and tapping them into bottles, sealing them with a dab of wax from my late night candle and setting them lose to float along in the great digital sea, where other sailors have picked them up and…read them? Glanced at them? Worked out the random English grammar? Or heard a familiar voice with the sound of home? Perhaps some are just machines looking for an unprotected site to spam, but I am so hopeful.
Can it really be possible to reach across oceans and continents and converse about ordinary human moments as we hurtle through space together?
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