A liquid amber tree spreads its limbs along the border of our front yard. Every spring, I watch this tree brandish it fresh foliage. Then, with each passing season, I savor its gradual change in color.
Fall is my favorite time of the year. As the leaves turn to gold and burgundy, I’m reminded that few things ever stay the same. Things change. People change.
It’s inevitable I suppose.
The leaves of my liquid amber have fallen four times since I started blogging. A lot has changed in the blogging world since then. For me, there have been new colors and fonts. Even a new domain. And in 2012, I ventured into that wild safari known as social media. I started a Facebook page and joined Twitter.
Whether we love social media or loathe it, we can all agree that the presence of social media has changed the landscape of blogging within a few short years.
And it takes some time to learn how to navigate this new electronic terrain. I’m still learning. How to tweet. How to share. And I’m sure I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way.
I’ve never been the kind of person who had thousands of friends. I’m quiet by nature. I enjoy the presence of a few close friends over large noisy crowds. But the advent of social media has provided the opportunity to meet some genuinely warm people. And for that, I’m grateful.
I’m sure I’ll continue to grapple with these new social media outlets, but in the meantime, I want to take a moment and tell each of you how grateful I am for you. I’m thankful for the kind comments you leave, the sweet e-mails you send, and the different ways you share.
I know each of you by name. And you matter to me.
I’m so appreciative of the grace you extend when I’m busy teaching classes and grading essays — when I’m blogging less and trying to spend as much time as I can with my daughter before she leaves for college.
Thank you for all the ways you’ve blessed me in 2012. I’m looking forward to another great year of writing and sharing and learning with each of you.
How have blogs changed since you started reading them?
Were you here when this blog was still “thequietquill.blogspot.com”?
Visit Jeff Goins today as he talks about the changes in blogging over the years.