|Image from Joy of Dad.
Thank you, too, to those of you who loyally read and make comment elsewhere or don't even comment at all. For every 100 readers down I might be compared to other bloggers, I have another fabulous follower like you who's really there and really cares and I appreciate you more than you might imagine too.
I try to keep up with you all, I really do. I love to catch up with all your posts when I'm over at yours - I don't just return for the sake of it. I'm not around as much with two lovely students who *shock* actually want to be part of the family lately (read make as many demands as my own two kids do!) and as the children get older, there is less free time full stop. (Now THAT was a really weird experience - typing out the words FULL STOP rather than just doing one!).
I'm sorry it's taken until today to say what I've been meaning to say for a while. It hasn't escaped my notice that you even seem to be understanding as well as still supportive of any collaborative posts I write, despite the balance not really being what it ideally should be vs. personal posts. I know that you know I still write from the heart and keep things real and that I do my best despite very trying circumstances.
I do not feel judged here, which is what blogging is supposed to be - a safe space. We can only do what we can do. I am regretful that things have changed since I got concussed and other things have cropped up - stuff that is entirely related to being a single parent - and that it often gets in the way. If I were to write about my daily life in a way that others do, you would have endured lots of moaning about how overwhelmed I am most of the time, how hard it is to co-parent with a shitty ex, what a disappointment I felt Caitlin Moran's Raised by Wolves sit com (based on a single parent in Wolverhampton) was and you would have naffed off. Instead, because you are precious, less is more, at times like this people, methinks!
Plus, what I love most - especially about you, my lovely lot - is that it is a mighty relief to go over to your blogs and not find that I've missed a zillion posts and have to trawl through them to catch up. As our blogs grow, more commitments come and keeping up with our friends must remain a pleasure, not a chore. And friends, some of you have become. Thank you for your friendship too.
You have made a lonely time less so. Your belief in me has helped me believe in me. You make a difference.
Thank you as well to those of you who nominated me and got Older Single Mum shortlisted in this year's Brilliance in Blogging Awards in the Best Writer category, I am very, very touched. But you are the brilliant ones - my loyal, lovely, amazing followers. And I include you, my real life, non blogging ones too. Thank you for always being there. You rock.