This is the first Monday since July that won’t be featuring a guest blogger in the Small Moments Mondays spot. For twenty-four weeks, I’ve shared with you the small moments of some amazingly talented writers.
But this week, in this space, I want to share with you one of my small moments. A moment that I will never forget.
(Don’t worry, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming next week when Sherri, from Old Tweener comes by with a breathtaking post, a story that you simply cannot miss.)
On December 20th, with my morning coffee in one hand, I grabbed my phone with the other to quickly check email and I had one of those I have to sit down moments. My knees went all soft as I read the subject line through several times: We’d Like to Syndicate Your Post on BlogHer.
When I opened the email, I learned that BlogHer was actually interested in syndicating two of my pieces. Two.
For a moment, I lost all awareness of what was happening around me. I sat there and cried.
I cried tears of joy, of validation, of appreciation, and of purpose.
Though what was about to happen was so much bigger than a small moment, what matters most is that single moment as I sat alone and took it all in.
The lovely exposure to new readers, the happiness that I would have the opportunity to share my words with others and perhaps help them to find unrealized strength would come later. In that moment, I felt as though I mattered. My words mattered.
I am still spinning from this experience and my gratitude to everyone who has come by to read and to say hello is immeasurable.
But I will never forget those words, We’d Like to Syndicate Your Post on BlogHer … that moment made me believe in myself a little bit more.
Today, Blogher is posting my piece about meeting my father’s murderer, Because It Was Grassy and Wanted Wear. I’ve never struggled so much with publishing a post as I did with this one. I sat and stared at the screen for what felt like forever before publishing. I quickly found comfort from my kind readers who left their supportive words in abundance.
I am so grateful to each and every person who reads my writing.
If you are new here, I’m thrilled to have you and I appreciate you coming over to learn more about me. If you have a moment, please check out my About page and don’t leave without reading about my Small Moments Mondays series. I am so incredibly proud of what we’ve built there.
Thank you for this amazing experience, BlogHer.
I will be forever grateful.
If you missed it, BlogHer posted But Still … Christmas on Christmas Day.