To my fellow bloggers – a message of appreciation

To my fellow bloggers – a message of appreciation

Other bloggers have been incredibly supportive of me. This one’s for them.


I have sent out several tweets recently about how grateful I am for the support you have all given me, but Twitter doesn’t allow me enough characters to express it fully. That’s why we’re here.

For a long time, I haven’t had many friends. It’s not a sob story, it’s a fact. I’ve had wonderful friends, and it’s far better to have a few great ones than hundreds of average ones. Other people just don’t seem to like me. Again, not a sob story, it’s just how it goes. I don’t tend to fit in with most people because I usually like different things. I find joy in different places. I’m coming to accept that it’s fine.

However, when I was thinking about blogging, these factors naturally meant that I was nervous. I managed to convince myself to do it anyway. I reasoned with myself that I was doing it to write; that it didn’t matter if I didn’t make friends along the way. I don’t know if I was trying to trick myself into believing that, or if it was genuinely true. The line is a little blurry.

Yet, every article I read about blogging emphasised how important social media was. I knew they were right. I knew the chances of anyone ever seeing what I had to say were slim to none without it. Given that I wanted to share my story to help at least someone, I figured I should try.

So, I said to myself, “just be you and see what happens.” I began following people. I started replying to tweets, with uncensored responses rather than overthinking it. I wrote what came to my mind, and sent it. Put simply, I got involved.

To my surprise, people… seemed to like me? Things started to shift. I kept putting myself out there. I didn’t analyse every word.

My Twitter followers started to grow, and some of my tweets got over 20 Likes, sometimes getting as high as 70-100. This was an entirely new experience for me, and I have happy-cried nearly everytime it’s happened.

In turn, the views on my blog started to creep up. Now, not only people want to chat on Twitter, but they wanted to read what I had to write. People started to comment on my posts, and they were so kind. More tears ensued.

When you see my tweets expressing my gratitude to you for my support, it’s not because I feel like I have to say that to butter you up. I’m not stroking your ego. It’s genuinely because I get so overwhelmed with thanks for all of you, that I have to share it. It builds in my chest until it bursts from my fingertips. It’s for that same reason this post is being written.

Two days ago, I reached 700 followers on Twitter. The next day, I reached 800. Every time I looked at my phone, the screen was filled with notifications. People wanted to talk to me; to be part of what I’m doing. The impact this has had on my overall well-being is honestly not something I can put into words.

People say numbers don’t matter, and they’re right. If you have 10,000 followers who don’t give a damn about you, then those numbers are meaningless. But I feel like I have hundreds of new friends, from all over the world. Not hundreds of average ones like I mentioned before, but hundreds of great ones. People who are sweet, and kind, and intelligent, and fascinating. People with stories to tell and struggles they’re overcoming.

I wanted to communicate the immense joy you have brought me by supporting me. You have given me a confidence I’ve never experienced. You’ve enabled me to be more myself than I think I’ve ever been, because you’ve accepted me. You’ve supported me, you’ve encouraged me and you’ve believed in me. It feels like I’ve found a place where I make sense. For lack of better words, it feels like I’ve found somewhere I belong.

I’m sure you’re all going to make me happy-cry many more times but, right now, I want to say a huge, big, whopping thank you. While I’ve tried to express how truly thankful I am, I know I’ll never be able to. I do, however, hope this gives you some idea.

To my fellow bloggers

Letter to my fellow bloggers to say thank you
A thank you to my fellow bloggers

45 Comments

  1. 12th May 2018 / 11:20 pm

    Love this post, Ruth, and you absolutely belong here. You are intelligent, kind, and supportive. It’s no wonder people want to read what you write and follow you. You’re right, numbers don’t matter, it’s who you interact and engage with, and I’m so pleased to do this with you! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      12th May 2018 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Lisa! It honestly means so much to me. It’s a pleasure being involved with your blogging journey, too. πŸ™‚ x

  2. 12th May 2018 / 11:20 pm

    I am so glad that blogging has brought you so much! It really is a wonderful community and like you I have found that starting a blog has brought me confidence I never held before. Keep writing my sister in blogging. Your posts are fabulous and so are you!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      12th May 2018 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear it’s giving you a confidence boost, too! πŸ™‚

  3. Tracey
    12th May 2018 / 11:24 pm

    Love this post! Keep it up!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      12th May 2018 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. 12th May 2018 / 11:26 pm

    You have done amazing girl!! I have been doing this for the same(ish) amount of time as you, and you have grown more than double me!! Its so amazing to see your progress!! Congratulations girl!!! xx

    http://zoe-ware.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      12th May 2018 / 11:27 pm

      Thank you so, so much, lovely! xx

  5. Ida
    12th May 2018 / 11:39 pm

    <3

  6. 12th May 2018 / 11:46 pm

    This has made me so happy! You’re truly wonderful and deserve all the love you receive 😊😘

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      12th May 2018 / 11:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Leah, both for your comment and all of your support so far! You’ve been wonderful. πŸ™‚

  7. 13th May 2018 / 12:22 am

    You deserve all of this Ruth! I don’t have many blogging friends but I’m grateful that you reach out to me and include me although I’m not widely included! Lots of love πŸ’•

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th May 2018 / 12:34 am

      Thank you so much, Molly! Of course I do, and I always will, you’re lovely and I’m happy to know you! X

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th May 2018 / 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Shirley! πŸ™‚ x

  8. Shevy
    13th May 2018 / 3:05 pm

    What an awesome post Ruth. All compliments, followers, likes and worldwide friends are worth it! Just keep doing what you’re doing xx I used to be so focused on the numbers game, I went so far as to go radio silent and shut down all social media for 3 months! Then I realised that for every online jerk, there are double that in solid, epic people 😁

    Shevy
    http://moonsomnia.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th May 2018 / 3:15 pm

      Thank you so much! I think, when you’re already insecure, it’s easy to forget about everyone else when one person starts being mean. It’s completely irrational but your brain is kinda like “see, you shouldn’t have done it.” Well, that’s how it is for me, so I’m glad I’ve been lucky enough to surround myself with amazing people. One bad move at the start would have sent me into hiding!

      So glad you’re back and we’re in this together, lovely!!

      Ruth | http://www.ruthinrevolt.com

  9. 13th May 2018 / 4:40 pm

    What a lovely post! It was so nice to read πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are enjoying the blogging world so much, I still feel like a newbie too but i’m loving getting to know people and supporting the community!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th May 2018 / 4:42 pm

      Aww, yeah, we’ve got to take one step at a time! Thank you for reading and commenting! πŸ™‚

  10. Mary Beth
    13th May 2018 / 5:32 pm

    Beautifully written! You give me a lot of inspiration and I’m sure that’s true for a lot of people who have interacted with you in this community. We all learn eventually to do things for ourselves, but we can’t help but feel that need for validation or the gratitude when people genuinely care about you want to give you that support. It’s a great feeling. 😊

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th May 2018 / 6:55 pm

      Awww, that was such a kind thing for you to say. Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

  11. 13th May 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Such a beautiful post! You deserve it!
    I’m still pretty new to the blogging community, but it’s people like you who make me feel welcome. Thank you!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th May 2018 / 8:31 pm

      Oh, that’s so sweet! I’m glad I could help you to feel welcome. I’m always happy to help if you need anything.

  12. 13th May 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Ahhh this is lovely. Well done on finding your new hobby…though you might need to invest in a lot of tissues for all those happy tears! I love how you write, it’s really honest and thought provoking. I look forward to reading lots more xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      13th May 2018 / 10:23 pm

      You’re not wrong! At least it’s happy tears! Thank you so much for the compliment and for taking the time to comment. xx

  13. Sheila Anderson
    14th May 2018 / 12:04 am

    I am sovery very proud off you Ruth. You are an amazing blogger. More than that you are an amazing person. You are turning one of lifes adversity into a positive influence for others. This takes a good deal of steely determination. Just want you to know you are doing great. Sending you huge hugs and lots of Love from the mothership!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      14th May 2018 / 9:04 am

      Thanks Mum! You’re the best. πŸ™‚

  14. 17th May 2018 / 12:40 am

    What a beautiful post! I completely agree about the blogging community! I have never met so many positive and encouraging people! I love your writing and look forward to reading more!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      17th May 2018 / 11:51 am

      Aww, thank you very much! I’m so glad the blogging community has been good for you, too. Very happy to have you on my blogging journey, and be involved with yours.

  15. 27th May 2018 / 2:19 am

    I’m grateful to be a part of your Twitter community everyday!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      27th May 2018 / 11:21 am

      Yay! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  16. Nati
    27th May 2018 / 9:59 pm

    This is such a wonderful and beautifully written post, Ruth. I’m so happy to have found your blog and you’re a vital part of the community, just like every single hard working blogger out there. Your lovely personality shines through with each post/tweet you write and we’re so lucky to have you in the community.

    Nati x | http://www.lifeaftercoffeeblog.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      27th May 2018 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you so much for this comment, Nati. It’s such a kind thing for you to say and I really appreciate it! x

  17. 28th May 2018 / 9:58 am

    Reading this made me feel SO happy inside. I’m so glad things have worked out for the best especially as you had reservations in the beginning, it’s paid off!

    Consider yourself a friend in me! Massive loves!

    Zara

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:13 am

      You’re so fab, Zara! It really is a pleasure to know you πŸ™‚ x

  18. 3rd July 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Ahhh Ruth this is so lovely! It makes me sad that you felt that way and we’re nervous because you are AMAZING!!!! πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ’– you help so many people and I hope you go to bed every night knowing how much everyone appreciates everything you do!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      3rd July 2018 / 1:55 pm

      Awww, you’re so incredibly sweet! Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

  19. 3rd July 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Hi Ruth!

    Your stole the words that have been jumbled up inside of me for a long time. I have never related to a post more and I’m so entirely grateful to have “met” you. Not only are you a fantastic writer, but a wonderful and kind friend! I was nervous to put myself (and blog) out there and I don’t really get engagement on my blog but I also don’t really share it due to being so nervous. However, I HAVE met incredible people who have become friends of mine, like you! Keep up the great work!

    CiCi | Navigation To Happiness
    navigationtohappiness.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      3rd July 2018 / 2:48 pm

      Awww, thank you, lovely! I’m glad you’ve been able to meet great people, and I’m definitely glad to know you. I understand the sharing thing is hard to do but you’re a lovely person and you should share that with the world! πŸ™‚

  20. 7th August 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Ruth I am so happy that you have found happiness and a feeling of belonging that you hadn’t felt before πŸ’• you are so lovely that the people who aren’t friends with you are the ones that are missing out πŸ™‚

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      8th August 2018 / 10:52 am

      Awwww, you are so sweet, Fiona! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  21. 7th September 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Very heartfelt post! Love that you are happy. So glad you are experiencing success! Love the support you give the community. You are appreciated! I absolutely love the Facebook page! Thank you for starting that endeavor.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th September 2018 / 10:17 am

      Awww, thank you so much, Julie!! 😊

  22. 8th September 2018 / 7:35 am

    This is an amazing post Ruth. You do so much for the community and your talents at blogging and connectivity shine through every time: you are a pleasure to know friend x

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th September 2018 / 10:17 am

      Thank you so much, Jay 😊 x

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