Last month I shared a post titled just me, in my element. It was something inspired by a single photo that I typed up in one sitting (with a second final glance right before hitting publish to make sure there weren’t any major spelling errors, or super crazy thoughts.) The response BLEW. MY. MIND. I honestly don’t know when, if ever, something I’ve written has had such an incredible response. It took me forever to read through all the comments and emails. Replying was even more difficult. So many of you guys shared your stories with me, I was at a loss for words. Shoot, I still am! I genuinely apologize if I somehow forgot anyone, it definitely wasn’t on purpose. It was a wild ride. I laughed. I cried. I felt sad. I cheered! More than anything though, I felt an overwhelming amount of gratitude for this platform that has allowed me to connect with SO many people.

Sometimes the negativity involved with blogging makes me want to hibernate. I’ve never seriously considered giving up The Dainty Squid but I’ve definitely had times when showing up here every day to share my life was the last thing I wanted to do. I’m not exactly a social butterfly so putting myself out there can be a challenge to begin with but then pile that on top of the fact that the internet can be a REALLY cruel place. I can’t even begin to list all the stupid things I’ve read about myself, and gotten in comments. Honestly, it can be easy to forget how many people I do have cheering for me.

I normally share a list of things I’m thankful for each year but with that post and all the responses so fresh in my mind I really just wanted to dedicate the whole post to you guys. I am so incredibly grateful for all of you out there reading. I feel lucky that so many of you show up here day after day to read about my silly adventures, look at all the photos I take, giggle at my adorable pets, and celebrate all of life’s little victories with me. It’s crazy to me that there are so many of you out there all around the world who visit my little space on the internet daily. (Seriously, how in the heck did all you guys from the UK find me?! I’ve got huge numbers over there!)  It also never ceases to amaze me when people tell me how long they’ve been reading The Dainty Squid. I mean, so many of us have basically grown up together! It’s wild.

More than ever I feel super connected to my blog and everyone out there reading. Your comments, emails, tweets, and even likes mean so much. I may not know very many of you personally but you’re still a huge part of my life.

Sorry to include a photo of Squid mean muggin’ y’all in this post where I tell you how much I love you.

 So yeah, THANK YOU! Thank you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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