I Have to Sit Down … BlogHer Made Me Cry

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.

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