Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Way Things Go...

...sometimes here in Blogland is my topic today.

A few times over the past years I have already written about my motivation for blogging, for instance here in 2010. But what happened yesterday was just so overwhelming that I want to share it with you - not because I wish to "bathe in glory", but because it shows so well what is one of the reasons for me to keep blogging, why I love living in Blogland so much, and it is a great example of the way things can go sometimes, when we post something with no idea of how what we may consider a simple (or even boring) post can have impact on others.

Back in April, my Mum wrote one of her guest posts (they are always very popular, and rightly so!) for me. That time, she chose to give us her recipe for Easter Bunny Cookies.

There were comments from you, dear readers, and both my Mum and I appreciated every one of them.

Yesterday, I received this email (which I have permission of the sender to publish here):

"Thank You...
. . . for your gentle, warm and generally lovely blog, Meike. And thank you, too for "Meike's Mum" who appears in giuest spots from time to time. 

I wrote a version of this note last week and sent it off into cyberspace, and it vanished. That said, what follows is the jist of the letter.

I wanted to thank you and “Meike's Mum” for the ever-cheerful offerings on the blog that even includes recipes from time to time. I love your potato salad, but it is the Easter Bunny cookies, and the tale of Easter bunny cookies that I thought you might most like to hear. The cookies, the best I have ever made or eaten, are becoming a story in themselves and I thought you might find their new history interesting.

I shared the bunnies and the recipe at Easter with my friend R., who made them for the "Doors Open" event held at [our] church [...].

R., who organizes the event for the church, made the cookies to help welcome people when they came to look around the church. I wanted to let you know that your impulse to share has been passed on, I think, in quite a lovely way

And there's more: I belong to the Women's Music Club of [...], another venerable institution with a proud 120 year history in the city. The club presents concerts and raises scholarship funds for emerging musicians. One of our fundraising events took place about 10 days ago - and Meike's Mum's cookies feature there, too. "Swing Into Spring," takes place annually in one of the grand houses here, the venue for the event the product of a host's generosity in making it available for the WMC, who move in and out like a small army to set up a lovely lunch with party / tea sandwiches and board members' homemade dainties that are effectively a club signature. At this event, some of the tuxedo-ed and white-gloved husbands and partners of board members (all women, at present) serve champagne to welcome guests as they arrive, while music of one of the scholarship winners fills the entranceway, the open rooms of the house, and sometimes, even the gardens – romantic, yes.

Your cookies, Meike's Mum, in the shape of eighth-notes, were this year for the first time part of this very fancy event, and they have now done their bit in contributing some of the $3,000.00 raised for the scholarship fund.

I am now curious about the next event these cookies of yours will appear at, and looking forward to having a little more fun with them. Thank you so much!"


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Wasn't this a wonderful message to receive on a Monday afternoon while working from home? I instantly passed it on to my Mum, who was just as overwhelmed as I by such a lovely response. I thanked the sender and asked for permission to publish the message, to which I had a positive answer and the additional comment "You spend hours on that blog, and you have readers who derive pleasure from it, but feedback is limited too often to brief response, and sometimes there should be more."

I couldn't agree more, and really hope that my comments on other people's blogs give them an impression of how much I enjoy reading their posts. And please note: I appreciate ALL comments, however brief they may be!

Lots of love to all of you
Meike

PS: I altered the [...] bits in the message so as to protect the sender's privacy. Maybe some of you will still recognize her identity, but this is not the time or place for it.

17 comments:

  1. how delightful - lovely words indeed :) Yes, your writing and sharing keeps us all coming back to enjoy your world - thank you .

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    1. Thank YOU - Fiona, my blog wouldn't be anything without its readers!

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  2. I remember the post (although I have not tried out the recipe myself - yet, anyway!). And many others too. :) And I do agree, it's the responses from and dialogue with readers / other bloggers that makes it such a rewarding experience. :)

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  3. Those who say cyber relationships like blogging friends aren't "real" don't understand the meaning of that word.

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  4. Oh, this brings tears to my eyes! How perfectly wonderful. And I am in total agreement, Please keep writing and sharing!
    You should know how to mess up my mascara!! Love to you and to your sweet Mum! xx

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    1. Thank you, Kay, you are so sweet!

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  5. Thank you so very much, dear followers of Meike's blog. It makes me blush but very proud, all the kind comments and the great echo!
    Soon I will post another recipe, very similar to the easter-bunny cookies, but with salted cheese cookies, also an favorite of my family.
    Best wishes, Meike's Mum

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  6. That really is a lovely missive to receive and is well deserved. I have made wonderful friends in Blogland some of whom have become friends in the 'real' world too. All that means, though, is that we have met and conversed and had a life outside blogland as well as inside it. To me, like you, my Blogland friends are a very important part of my life.

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    1. Yes, Graham, we have the same take on friendship (on- and offline), I think.

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  7. Dear Meike. That is so lovely, and so well deserved. How lovely of that person to take the time to write. It's truly wonderful when friendships grow out of blogging.

    I do so appreciate your comments on my blog, always so thoughtful, intelligent and supportive. Thank you. xx

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    1. You are very welcome, Gillian. Your blog is often the first one I read in the morning, providing such good company for my mug of coffee.

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  8. Just wonderful! Good for you. And it helps underpin my tenuous faith in humanity!

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    1. Thank you, Mike. Most of the time I guess I share your faith in humanity.

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  9. Yes. Blogging can lead to good things though it can also ruffle people's feathers as I have discovered in the past. Blogging goes beyond the writing of a secret diary. How lovely of the respondent to take the time to explain the evolution of "Meike's Mum's Cookies" - soon to be marketed by Aldi, making Meike's Mum a millionaire!

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    1. Fortunately, so far I have had only very few incidents with fellow bloggers (or readers - not all those who leave comments are also bloggers) that were anything less than pleasant. But I know of several people who have found it necessary to activate comment moderation because they received such nasty comments, and I know at least one person who left blogland altogether because of bullying comments and messages related to her blog.
      I am sure that I sometimes write things not everybody is happy about, just like I sometimes read things on other blogs I am not in perfect agreement with... but all things considered, I've made so many good experiences here that I really miss it when I can't be here for a while.

      Well... I wouldn't mind being the Cookie Millionaire's daughter!

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