Thank You



Another blogger posted something on Facebook, and it struck me.  I was busy at the time, and when I went back to try and find the status update, it was lost in a stream of back to school pictures, pets, and the occasional gripe about the weather.  I’m pretty sure this is almost kind of near exactly what it said:

Want a slice of humble pie?  Do a search on your blog for the phrase ‘thank you for writing this’.  If nothing comes up, well…

Since I decided not too long ago to basically let you guys be in charge of my life sometimes, I sat down when I could and did the search.


thank you

Now I knew I wasn’t going to have a big goose egg from that search…

and this isn’t supposed to be a “look how many people think I’m cool” kind of blog post…

but as I sat and read through each comment that showed up, I couldn’t help but get a little overwhelmed.

You’ve reminded me once again why I’ll never quit blogging

and when I saw that the search yielded possibly hundreds of results…

I started to cry.

It wasn’t the ugly cry.  It was the beaming through three or four silent tears kind of cry.

Because I do feel humbled, though not in the way that Facebook status suggested.

I feel humbled by the immense weight of a gratitude that I haven’t felt in a very long time.

Gratitude that I don’t know if I can hold, because I have at some point forgotten what it feels like.

So today I just wanted to tell you that I’m feeling blessed…

and it’s wonderfully uncomfortable.

I put a lot of my soul into this blog and I’m always hoping to affect you…

but it’s been a long time since I’ve sat and really let you affect me in return.

The truth is, I don’t write a lot of things that are all that extraordinary.  You guys respond because you feel, have felt, or understand a lot of what I put into words.

There is a thread that joins us – a connection that grows through the sharing of our humanity.

I am lucky to have a platform…

a platform that through the telling of my stories, I can also echo or mirror some of yours.

As I look at all the times one of you has said “thank you for writing this”…

All I can think to do at this moment is grin through my tears,

and say

thank you




It means the world to me.

jenni chiu sig

PS – If we run in the same circles on Facebook and you know who posted that status, please let me know.  I owe them a big ole’ kiss on the mouth.

UPDATE: It was Neil Kramer, and if his lady doesn’t mind – he’s got a big ole’ kiss coming his way.  Neil is one of my favorite street photographers and an analytical fiction and non-fiction blogger. Read him at Citizen of the Month.

27 responses to “Thank You”

  1. Arnebya says:

    Thank you for THIS. I had to go look, scared for a minute, afraid I haven’t been resonating. I am smiling now.

  2. Debbie A-H says:

    You are amazing.

  3. Alison says:

    I’m glad you know that you are amazing.
    THANK YOU for being you, for always writing the truth. xo

  4. Tottums says:

    Thank you for writing THIS. It’s a good reminder for us all, what this whole ‘blogging’ thing is REALLY about.

  5. Susan says:

    it was Neil Kramer. 🙂
    and, thanks back. I’ve been scared to do this on my own site, but I just might try. Again, glad to have connected with you at BH

  6. Casey says:

    Today marks a full year of blogging every day for me. This is so much why I am doing this. Why I keep going. I started for me, because blogging and writing every day makes me better, but I kept going and kept loving because of this. The community, the support, the Me Too’s, the not being alone. There’s so much of that. It rules. Thank you.

    • Jenni Chiu says:

      A full year of blogging every day? That is insanely amazing. I couldn’t even make it 30 days. Once I feel like I “have to” do something… I kinda don’t do it.

  7. Thank you for being Awesome 🙂

  8. I am afraid to do that same search, but this post and the whole idea motivates me to think about what I publish. I mean, I do it for me first and foremost, but when my words move people, that’s even better.

    Also, Neil is awesome.

    • Jenni Chiu says:

      You should do it, Kim – you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Also, I’m finding out that writing for myself and writing for others is becoming the same thing…

  9. anymommy says:

    I love this; how amazing and fulfilling and validating and all of those wonderful things. I have a few posts I’ve written that I go back to and read the comments sometimes. Just to hear people say thanks and me too again.

  10. Angi says:

    This is beautiful. I just started writing and do it very much for my own mental health, but this is such a good way to look at blogging.
    Keep doing what you do. It’s good for us all. 🙂

  11. Neil says:

    Now you are returning the favor by inspiring and teaching me that what I said sarcastically is actually a truism. And that our words CAN resonate with others, sometimes in unexpected ways.

  12. Love it! Do you need a fan club president? I would apply. 🙂

  13. Debi says:

    Oh my, I did it too. I was having a hell of day and second guessing myself and what I do, how I do it, I did this search and was humbled by the people I have touched over the years. These people may have thanked me, but everyone of them deserves thanks because they read and sincerely responded to some of the most intimate, hard to write posts of my life with support and compassion. I will never stop blogging. I guess, I’ll keep going until I m Truthful Grandma. Thanks for reminding me of this @Jenni.

  14. Alexandra says:

    You’ve been a treasure to me since I met you through another site, where I also had a story published. And then in real life, we walked through our first BlogHer together, and we made it. We’ve made it through so much, my sweet friend.

    THANK YOU for making me smile, and for always helping me feel, that I’m okay.


  15. Hey girl — I’m still chuckling over your taxi ride out of New York last year. Keep up the good work. And it was so lovely to see you again in Chicago. xo

  16. Marta says:

    It seems silly to say thank you again. But thank you =) for so many awesome posts and I know I’m one of the many who would have turned up on your search thanking you for sharing some amazing or hilarious nuggets of truth.


  17. Jen says:

    This made me want to start blogging again…. Thank you

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