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Margaret Corgi owner!!!
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I think that I need to address some of the issues that were brought up a few days ago. When I moved to the UK eight years ago, I didn't know many people and because my work is done from home, didn't have a chance to really get to know anyone to make friends. When I started my blog and it began to grow, it was truly the first time that I felt connected to friends here, even if I hadn't met most of you in person, I began to get to know you through the comments left on my blog. You, my blog family, became my lifeline here and continue to do so. People always ask me if it is hard to keep up a daily blog and my answer is always the same, no, it is the easiest thing in the world to do. What is hard however, and sometimes really heartbreaking for me, is to get to know so many people through my blog, read their comments every single day for months or even years and then they leave. I always notice and sometimes I email them to see if they are okay, but the truth is that I never know why and often I see these same people commenting on other blogs. It becomes very evident when I need to look back in the blog for something and then I see the names that have left and wonder why. Was it something I said or did? Who knows, but I don't want anyone to stop commenting please because it is one of the things that keeps me blogging daily. I always know that you are there reading the blog when you leave a comment and it just feels so much more personal to me then. When I finish a card I really like, I actually get excited about being able to share it on the blog because I know I will get your feedback on it. I don't want to lose that, it is so valuable in my life. However, I also think we all need support in our lives at some point. You were all there for me when my father passed away a few years ago, you helped so much, I cannot tell you. I love the fact that my blog feels like a great big extended family and everyone cares for each other, everyone rallies to help with charitable causes, everyone is lovely and warm to each other. It does pain me when I feel like someone doesn't feel welcome here as I want it to be a welcoming place to come for absolutely everyone. I know that I cannot please everyone all the time, but it is in my nature to try. I don't really know what is considered blog etiquette in this situation either, but I do know that I don't want anyone to stop coming to the blog. While I don't really have any issues with anyone leaving the comments about issues in their life, perhaps we could just try to keep it more positive and that might help everyone feel like it is a little less weighty and more upbeat. I truly hope that doesn't offend anyone, but hopefully will just bring about a sort of compromise that everyone can live with. I will say that I have been checking into adding a forum to the blog but I am reliant on the computer skills of others to help me bring this about, perhaps that is the answer here, I do not know. If you have any suggestions , please email me directly. All for now, Sue x