Today is Valentine’s Day. Or, as I like to call it, my birthday. I’d drafted a celebratory Yay! Forget Valentine’s, let’s celebrate my birthday! blog post, but at the last moment I decided it was horribly self-indulgent and deleted it. People care less about your birthday, Karen, I told myself. They come here for pattern reviews, sewing tips and a bit of a laugh. Get over yourself.
So I hit the delete button and got on with my day. This wasn’t the best birthday I’ve had in ages, but something interesting started to happen. I received unexpected and lovely texts from friends I’ve made via this blog. People had actually remembered – unprompted! – that today was my birthday. A reader left a comment saying, ‘Isn’t today your birthday?’ Yes, it is! How on earth did you remember?
Finally, after a long walk with Ella, I collapsed on the sofa. My main birthday celebration was to happen at the weekend, but I’d promised myself an on-the-day treat of an Indian take away. No such luck. The restaurant had their phone on permanent engaged tone, too busy with romantic couples. Doh! In need of distraction, I turned to some of the cards that had arrived.
The above is a bespoke birthday card made by Handmade Jane. She’d printed out a photo of Ella – Ella! – and added her very own little tweed cape and hat, sewn on by Jane’s hands and put in the post to arrive on the very day I’d need a virtual hug.
So, here’s what I think. Blogging isn’t about unique visitors and it’s not about rankings. It’s not about freebies or giveaways. It’s about friends. Anyone who doesn’t understand that, doesn’t understand blogging. Thank you all so much, readers who comment and those who don’t. Thank you for indulging me, and Happy Valentine’s Day. Or, as I like to call it, my birthday!
Now, where’s that Indian takeaway menu? There’s an onion bhaji out there with my name on it…