I want to thank everybody who has been following me. I appreciate it very much. Please believe me on that point. However, I have just lost the third follower in two weeks and it hurts my feelings. My blog is supposed to be a fun, rewarding and creative endeavor for me, and something that is enjoyable for you guys, and not something that is should hurt my feelings. It is my diary, for gosh sakes! I work hard to turn out a good product. I share my life, my family and my photos. I have had almost 41,000 visitors since I put in my hit counter a year and a half ago, and my cluster map shows return visitors from all over the world. Yay! And, this is post number 1145. After two and a half years though, I have 63 followers, and many of those have come from holding contests to increase my following, or recently because of SJ's Swap Followers linky party ... click here to find out more about that, because she does have a great idea that works and is building a nice community over there: Homemaker on a Dime.
So, I am going to remove the feature that bugs the me the most about my blog: the "Follower" section. I have decided to buck the blogging culture, and not worry about the number of followers that I have. I appreciate your comments and your emails; on here, on Facebook, and on my Hotmail account. I visit and email those of you who leave me comments. I post your blogs on my sidebar, without worrying about reciprocity. If you feel like we click and have something in common, I look forward to creating a friendship with you. I will still follow new blogs that I enjoy, and if you are having a contest to increase your following and are my friend, I will put it on here. This is just my own deal. I understand why people like getting new followers, and am not trying to make a statement ... I'm just tired of getting discouraged about this particular issue.
That said, I promised the last five ladies who signed up to follow Oregon Gifts that I would highlight them. I usually do this on Mondays, but I am going to go ahead and do it now:
To visit Chrissy @ Roses, Rhubarb and Pearls please click here.
To visit Stephanie @ My Sweet Heart please click here.
To visit Rachel @ Lovely Crafty Home please click here.
To visit Lynn @ Cottage and Creek, please click here.
To visit Jen @ Ozona, please click here.
Thank you, Chrissy, Stephanie, Rachel, Lynn and Jen. Sorry that I changed horses on you in mid-stream.
I appreciate every one of you who enjoys reading my blog, and I will keep moving forward. I don't understand why people join up and then withdraw, but apparently, sometimes they do. I understand how we can drift away from reading blogs that we signed up for, but to actually remove your name seems a bit like a statement of its own. Because I try to celebrate the positive and keep mean things off of here, I kind of take it personally. Oh well, life goes on. If you drop me for writing this, at least I will never know.
God bless and have a great weekend,
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