Somehow in the blur of tax preparation, chess tournament attendance, lesson planning, proofreading, piano playing, shopping, cooking, laundry, housecleaning and yes, even blogging that comprised the rapidly passing train cars of my life last week, I failed to notice a couple of neat milestones: A Round Unvarnish'd Tale has now passed the 300 mark for total number of posts and the 10,000 mark for total number of visits! And I haven't even celebrated my one-year blogging anniversary yet! For some of you high-traffic types, that may be small potatoes, but for this relatively new blogger it's pretty significant, so please bear with me while I take a moment to pat myself on the back. I have always had a passion for writing, but for years that passion lay fallow while other things took precedence. As a teenager and young adult I kept a journal, but gradually grown-up things like working and having babies and being a mommy crowded out what seemed like a rather self-serving and high-minded pursuit. Who has time to write when diapers need changing and noses need wiping? And anyway, why write if no one is going to read it?
But ever since starting this blog I have rediscovered my passion for writing, and that passion has once again become a consequential part of my life, something that I would greatly miss if I could no longer pursue it, something that I think has created for me an outlet that was sorely needed. So to those of you who take the time to stop by and read and comment, whether you do so frequently or occasionally, and to anyone who just stumbled by today for the very first time and is still reading, thank you for being there, because it is the reality of a readership, however small, that has motivated me to write again. And because I know what it is to be short on time and long on tasks, I am honored that you make time in your life to occasionally peek into mine. I only hope I can continue giving you a reason to do so!