I love discovering new (to me) writers or photographers and pouring over their creative genius. To me, it feels like Christmas morning when you find someone who you just ‘have to follow’. But on Secret Thoughts Within, I don’t feel I need or particularly want a large following to be happy in this space. Give me ten connected souls and I’m in heaven. Apparently, I’m easy to please.
I decided about two weeks ago that if I never got another follower/subscriber to this blog I would be perfectly content. If my ‘follow’ numbers stop here and never increase… look around friends, because apparently I love the ones I already have. Nawwww, you guys. As a side, I also won’t be offended if you unfollow me or alternatively take a break from me for a time and re-follow later (thank you Lia for this idea). I don’t use this platform to build a brand, get exposure, create income or become published etc. I know some of you do (go you good things), but I have the luxury of relaxing in this space. It’s all sunshine and fucking rainbows for me evidently.
All this rainbow swearing leads me (oddly enough) to why on earth I would even write a letter to my ‘followers’ in the first place; it’s not something I ever thought I would do. Perhaps I should have sculpted a beautifully worded manifesto or cleverly crafted poem, but I didn’t. I write this all to say: I’m grateful for you. I am not after anything, I have no secret motives (I would have told you already) and I don’t require anything from you. I hope from me you will only ever receive kindness and encouragement.
I recently read a beautiful piece about Kindness by Reni Alugo and I am richer for it. I read her most recent post and she’s nominated me for the LIEBSTER award (Darling heart I think I broke all the rules, but look where it led us.). For anyone new to the blogosphere (like a week or less) blogging awards are like the chain-letters you’d get in school, only these ones are used to help build connection and get to know other blogs. It’s not my natural style, but I wanted to honour Reni’s thoughtful nomination by writing in my own voice as a ‘getting to know you’ gesture. I hope you enjoyed it, I tried.
Oh and Reni, I would have neither an American or British accent, because I’m a maverick.
-Secrets or ST