Today’s holiday offers us an opportunity to pause and reflect on all the things in life we’re thankful for. I’m fortunate to have many blessings in my world, which I’ll be spending the day thinking about as I toil over a hot stove and may delineate at the dining room table later this afternoon. But there’s one thing I feel particularly fortunate about that seemed appropriate to share here, and that’s all of you who read my little blog.
When I started A Better Oakland a year and a half ago, I just wanted someplace where I could vent my frustrations about the Mayor, the media, IZ, the plastic bag ban, the media, and, oh yeah, the Mayor. I don’t know if I really expected anyone to ever read me, besides dto510 and maybe a couple of our mutual friends, but writing this stuff down felt better than just yelling at the newspaper every morning. I certainly had no idea that it would grow to this level of traffic or anything close to the time commitment it takes now (if I had, I probably never would have started!) Back at the beginning, I had fewer views during an entire month than I usually get before lunch these days. So somehow, a bunch of you ended up here, apparently liked what you saw, and decided to come back for more. So thank you for that.
And special thanks to those of you who help make this site a much more exciting place by leaving comments. I know it might be intimidating to jump into our discussions, given my tendency to sometimes be a little…let’s just say curt when I respond to you guys. What can I say? That’s just how we’ve always done things around my place. You needed a pretty thick skin to grow up in the Smoothe household, and everyone gave as good as they got. But I adore all my comments. Whether you’re agreeing with me, or challenging me, or having your own little totally off-topic debate, I love all the energy and passion on this site, and I love seeing Oakland’s issues being vigorously argued by people who obviously care a great deal.
I’m also deeply grateful for all the amazing people I’ve met because of this blog, who enrich my life more than I can say – something I really never anticipated happening at all when I started. Also, I thank those of you who e-mail me with tips, story suggestions, random thoughts, and responses to my writing. Please know that I really do enjoy and appreciate every message, and I swear, I really am trying to get better at responding. I know I suck at it right now.
Anyway, thank you all for reading and for caring about Oakland’s future. And have a great Thanksgiving.