I realized that I missed Haiku Thursday yesterday. I'm sure there were dozens, if not hundreds, of OS readers who were gleeful I didn't post a Haiku.
OS has been a virtual corner wateringhole for me for almost 6 months. Like the TV series Cheers, ...where everybody knows your name, I stop by and comment with the regulars.
It dosen't make a difference if it's JK Brady in Toronto, Trig Palin in Kansas, Vac in Alaska, Kind of Blue in Tenneessee, Natalie B in Australia, or Cartouche in Florida, I can read their posts and comment on them instanteously. Don't be offended if I didn't list you. The list is just too long.
I guess I take that for granted now. OS has made the world a smaller place for me. Who knew that I could become a virtual favorite of someone who has never seen my face. They could be from anywhere. I was amazed when Kerry Lauerman held a birthday celebration of sorts in New York and I went to meet some OSers in the flesh. Would I go to a Facebook or Linked-In event? Nope.
Would the OSers in real life be different than their virtual personas? Not really, in fact they were pretty much as I thought they would be.
So when I log in to OS I get to see the work of hundreds of talented people. Some of them, many of them come to see what I've written.
It's very humbling for me. To get and hear feedback from people whose work you enjoy and respect.
You don't get this very frequently in your workplace. You may get it from a family member or an intimate relationship, but I find from those I read, and from my own experience, it doesn't happen very often in the real world.
I get it every time I come here. So please let me take a moment and say thank you for what you bring here every day. I learn a lot from each of you, and I am grateful that you come here occasionally to see what I have to say.
This 21st Century virtual world has its pitfalls, but not in this part of the virtual world. To all of you, Rated.