The Union Creek Journal marked its two-month anniversary and surpassed 125,000 views some time late last night. I figured that was as good a reason to stop for a moment and say, “Thanks,” once again.
I’d like to publicly thank those of you who have seen fit to drop a little something in the tip jar. Your tips carry with them far more than just monetary value. Your tips validate the results of my experiment. They say, “Your fiction is actually worth something.” That matters a lot. As most of you know, I hope, one day, to make writing my full-time gig. The fact that people are willing to “pay” for something that I wrote – even though they already have free access – gives me a lot of encouragement.
I also want to thank each of you who has taken the time to post a comment after one (or more) of the entries. I really enjoy getting the e-mails that have firstname.lastname@example.org in the From address. Whether you love me or hate me … or a little bit of both … it’s fun to get that immediate feedback from my readers. OK, if you hate me, you don’t have to post any more comments.
There’s another group of people that I should thank as well. Most of the time, they work behind the scenes sending me e-mails, using the contact form here on the site or sending me PM’s on the various forums that have reader threads. These are the people who work as my virtual editor. I try to edit my work before I post each entry, but it’s extraordinarily difficult to edit work that you authored. A fresh, objective set of eyes does a much better job. There are a few of you out there that have helped keep me on the straight and narrow when it comes to spelling and grammar. Thanks.
Finally, I want to thank each and every reader. After all, without readers, an author is just a crazy person that talks to himself by putting words on a page. The Journal was recently listed on http://www.survivaltop50.com as a runner up at number 88. Sure, I’d rather be at the top of the list, but after only two months and not technically being a survival blog … I’m pretty happy with that. Why is The Journal in there at number 88? Because of you – the readers.
Speaking of the Survival Top 50, they have a Reader’s Choice listing. If you have a spare moment and would be willing to vote for The Journal over there, here’s the link to vote: Survival Top 50 Reader’s Choice