Tomorrow is my one-year blog anniversary.
This past year, I’ve written about beauty of all types—in nature, the arts, and the unexpected. You’ve responded by sharing my posts on Facebook, liking and commenting on Instagram, and leaving comments on the blog itself. Here are a few of them:
"I find your blog peaceful and engaging and calming. In a world full of noise, you create snatches of tranquility."
"I love Glimsen—beauty in words and images."
"It's so refreshing to see [a blog] that [is] not filled with the hate of the world; only the beauty."
"Thank you for prompting me to think on beautiful things."
"I love the way that your writing makes me feel like I am right there."
"Thanks for the inspiration today!"
"Thanks to Glimsen, I see things differently now. [Tonight's rainbow was a] beautiful ending to a stressful day. Don’t think I would have had that perspective if not for Glimsen."
Thank you for your comments! You have no idea how helpful they are. They help me gauge whether a topic or post resonates with you, and they give me ideas for future posts. Even more, they encourage me to keep going on the days when I'd rather hang up my laptop and go fishin.' (Not really. I hate fishing.)
In addition to commenting on the posts, when you share, like, and comment on social media, it helps get the word out to others who need more beauty in their lives.
And that's what I want: I want Glimsen to grow.
I want to offer beauty to people who are tired of ugliness, of negative, fear-based news and social media madness. People who are on auto-pilot, drifting through their days in sleep mode or survival mode. And people who are stressed out, exhausted, discouraged, and overwhelmed by life or the world in general.
They want more out of their lives; they want to enjoy their days. They need to be refreshed, inspired, awakened. Maybe you feel the same way at times.
I want to give you a quiet, serene space to come read about beauty so you can be refreshed and inspired to look for the beauty around you.
It's a simple thing, really. And I want to do it well.
You can help me do it well by filling out a survey I've created just for you. It's a handful of questions that will tell me what you like about Glimsen and what will make it better. It only takes a few minutes to complete.
I'll be posting a link to the survey on Thursday. I'd really appreciate your feedback, and as a thank you, I'll give you a new piece of printable art with one of my favorite quotes about beauty.
Thank you for being part of the Glimsen community this past year. I'm looking forward to a new year with you all.