A Big Thank You!

Yesterday I was Freshly Pressed for the first time, and it was exhilarating.  More than anything, the experience brought home to me what blogging is all about.  It is about making connections.  It is about sharing, about touching lives and being touched by theirs.  It makes our world seem smaller and my life seem larger.  I know the exhilaration will fade in a few days, but my understanding of and appreciation for blogging will not.

I have heard from people all over the world, and for the most part, we are so much more alike than we are different.  I try to write about universal experiences most of the time: daredevil brothers, strong-willed elders, the antics of children, being a parent.  Many of the comments had a common thread:  I brought back memories, or whom I wrote about reminded them of someone else they knew.

I’ve been blogging for almost eleven months and am just now developing a small but faithful following which is reciprocated in my following their blogs as well.  This group feels like friends.  Most of them are on my blogroll, but not all because my blogroll was getting pretty lengthy.  Through Freshly Pressed I have connected with a host of new bloggers and now I’m eager to see what they are up to.  If you took the time to post a comment, thank you so much.  I’m determined to answer every one of you and click on your site.  It will take me awhile, but I’m looking forward to it!

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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20 Responses to A Big Thank You!

  1. Robin says:

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! Exhilarating is a great word for the experience. 🙂

    I enjoy your stories and writing so much. I’m glad you got more exposure through Freshly Pressed.

    • comingeast says:

      It was so nice while it lasted, but “fame” is short-lived, isn’t it! LOL! But you probably would never have found me otherwise, nor I you, and for that I am very thankful.

  2. Leah says:

    It’s so true that an experience like being Freshly Pressed reinforces what this is about — writing and making connections. I feel so lucky I’ve developed essentially friendships with people all over the world because of writing. It’s an amazing feeling! Congrats again!

  3. judithhb says:

    It is so very well deserved Susan. Congratulations and you deserve to bask in the glow of being recognized.
    Juidth 🙂

    • comingeast says:

      Thanks for your kind comment, Judith. I’ve had one of my best friends visiting this week and haven’t been able to read all of my blogger friends blogs, so I’m looking forward to catching up this weekend.

  4. Sarah Batool says:

    Congrats!!! and true your posts always bring back memories for me. Not everyone can make routine life incidents sound so interesting. Good job!! 🙂

  5. winsomebella says:

    I was excited to see your post on Fresh Pressed too! Connecting with you and reading your blog has been inspiring and entertaining. Congratulations!

  6. whystudylit says:

    Hi! I am new to your blog and I just wanted to congratulate you. I have read a few of your posts and loved them! Thank you for the great reading material and the inspiration to start my own blog.

  7. Margie says:

    Hi CE – Congratulations! The rest of us “Never Been Pressed” bloggers will live vicariously through your description of how wonderful it is! Do tell all!

  8. Christine says:

    That’s awesome!! Congrats!

  9. Congrats! Actually your blog reminds me a lot of a friend’s blog called Once A Little Girl…You should check that one out as well. Your Freshly Pressed story was delightful! I’m looking forward to keeping up with your posts…

  10. gaycarboys says:

    I couldn’t agree more about every point. There is nothing better than reading the new blogs each day. Sometimes it has to be a quick skim over but normally a full going over.

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