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Why I’m Thankful For This Online Community

Why I'm Thankful For This Online Community | Keating & Co.

Good morning and happy Thursday!  I hope you all are having a lovely week.  Thank God it’s almost Friday, am I right?!  I don’t know about you, but I have some awesome plans for this weekend!

This isn’t the original post that I had scheduled for today, but it’s currently 3 o’clock in the morning, I’m having a very rough night and I just came across an article on NextGen Milspouse by a good friend of mine.  It was in response to a rather emotional post that I had written last month when Zack went back overseas.  A post where I actually admitted that I don’t want to be a military spouse.  And I’m completely broken down in tears right now.

When you write about a somewhat controversial topic like that, you’re bound to get some negative feedback.  I figured that that post would cause some disagreements and I’d possibly get some rude comments from people telling me to “suck it up” or telling me “you knew what you were getting yourself into” or something along those lines.  That was fine with me.  I’ve gotten rude comments in the past and I’ve learned to not let them get to me.  But if I remember correctly, every single comment I got was positive.  I was actually a bit surprised to see so much positivity from so many different people, both military spouses and non-military spouses.  I got blog comments, emails, social media shout-outs, shares.  I was honestly completely blown away but it.  And I couldn’t be more thankful for that.  Really.  I couldn’t.

It’s amazing to me how so many people who don’t even know me in person reach out to me when I’m having a bad day or check in on me to see how I’m doing.  It’s still so crazy to see my page views and see that people even take the time to read my blog and care about what I have to say.  The sole purpose of starting my blog in the first place was to share our life with our friends and family.  Never in a million years, did I think I’d choose to share it with the world and make friends or even make an income from it.

In the last couple years, I’ve created an awesome community around this blog and have even created a job that I absolutely love.  I love spending my days connecting with you all and reading about your lives and working with the companies and people that I work with.  I’m so thankful to have so many amazing people in my life and am so grateful for this community.  I couldn’t even imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t decided to start blogging (what would I even do with my day?!).

It makes me so happy when I receive emails from readers, telling me I inspire them or reaching out to me for advice.  Or when I receive an awesome blog comment or a random Facebook message to see how I’m doing.  I’ve even had friends (*cough cough* Samanthawho have sent me random packages in the mail or an e-giftcard to Dunkin to cheer me up when I’m having a bad day or week.  Those little things completely make my day.

I’ve learned a lot these past couple years and through this experience, I have grown so much both as a person and as a writer.  Aside from marrying Zack, choosing to start a blog has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  It’s the best job in the world and I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else right now.  So again, thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart.  Thank you for all your love and your never-ending support.  I don’t know what I’d do without you all!  Those who say that online friendships aren’t real, clearly have never had a blog before.

XOXO
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