A Thank You Note

I actually had another post ready to go, but you’ll have to wait a couple days to be mildly amused or disappointed. Why, you ask?

Because I realized it’s been almost one year since I released my humble little book, and decided to ramble reflect on the past year instead.

First of all, I want to thank each and every person who ever bought it, tweeted about it, sent me a note/picture about it or even used it as a coaster for beer. You have no idea how humbling it was when you did this, and I’m still amazed that anyone cares what I say.

But for those who don’t know the story, I didn’t self-publish this book to try and make money, as that is a laughable notion.

No, I wanted a collection of my words I could hold in my hand and give to my mom for a Christmas present. She’s my biggest fan, and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t accidentally delete my blog in a fit of frustrated rage and lose a compelling account of my Tooth Fairy campaign.

I also published it so I could share my crazy view on things and maybe make you laugh, smile or feel a bit more normal. I decided that if you invested a little bit of time and money into reading it, I would give a little bit of time and money back by donating all the profits to the local Humane Society.

You can read about all that over here, so I won’t rehash the whole thing.

All I can say is that a year later, I’m still proud I took the chance when I did. It was a lot of work, but seeing the look on my mom’s face when I gave it to her and when we got to deliver the goods to the Humane Society was priceless, as are the comments I still get today.

With that said, I can’t help but wonder what’s next.

The last year of blogging has taught me so much—about myself, about others, about writing, about life—but there are many times when I feel like maybe I’ve said everything I want to say. More often than not I’ll think, “I should blog about that!” only to realize I wrote up that post just last year.

After three years it gets hard to keep churning things out, but the reason I put pressure on myself is simply because I need something — something that makes me feel creative, makes me feel wanted, that connects me to people who feel the same way.

True, some days I want to delete the damn thing, and maybe some day that will happen. But for now, I still kind of like it and am sticking around for a bit.

And to answer the question I get once in awhile, yes, I’ve thought about doing another book. I think I’ve defined my voice and perhaps even stepped up my game since the last book came out. But I also feel like maybe that (sales) ship has sailed and I really hate self-promotion, which is kind of important with things.

Plus, I’ve already used the one picture I have for the cover on the first one, so there’s that.

Anyway, this whole long ramble is to sincerely thank you for your support this past year—not just with the book, but with the blog and with me as a person. I know readers and blogs come and go, and I am truly thankful for those who are with me today.

That’s as mushy as I get. Now it’s your turn.

Who do you think needs a thank you? I don’t care if it’s the inventor of the OveGlove (genius!) or the nice person who told you there was a fabric softener sheet sticking out of the ass of your pants. Let’s give thanks.

28 responses to “A Thank You Note

  1. I am really glad I started reading this blog and have the book on my Kindle. I still go back and read tidbits of it from time to time. I adore you and will of course buy a second book should one ever come out.

    I’d like to thank the person who invented the spork, and cleaning products. Especially Clorox wipes.

  2. I am so so happy I found your blog. Not just because I love your wry sense of humor or outdoor critter stories, but because I feel like you authentically have something to say and you do so well. Plus you really got me with that whole humane society thing 😉 can’t wait for the next book! Xo

    • Next book? Read the fine print, my friend 😉 You know I love you–and your pooch. So glad we found each other in a non-creepy/anti-stalker way.

  3. I also am glad I bought the book because reading it to the cool old ladies at the nursing home is an experience I can never forget. I am thankful for whoever decided that putting a bunch of strangers together in a common vehicle and calling it public transit is a useful (and never boring) thing. Carry on!

  4. thank you for sharing and being so real, honest, and bold! i always look forward to your writing!

  5. I’m glad you’re sticking around cause I like hangin’ out over here at your blog!

  6. My thank you goes to far away friends who send you things like pretzel treats when you weren’t expecting them. And the OveGlove inventor of course, although that’s not altruistic and they’re probably stinking rich right now. In fact, they should be thanking me. And you.

  7. Oh, you should never be thinking about deleting this whole thing. It brings joy to a great many strange people like myself. I would like to thank my mother for making this happen and God for giving me life and whoops, sorry, I thought this was MY acceptance speech. I haven’t read your book yet but it’s on my Amazon Wish List. So, it will be in my library one day, I’m sure. Hope you didn’t post everything in the book that is on here. I like surprises.

  8. First I’d like to thank you, Abby, for the posts you write that make me laugh or think. I’d like to thank the 687 followers who visit my blog; I’d like to thank those that take the time to comment; and last, I’d like to thank the 50 or so people who have bought my books–that’s been a really thrilling thing for me.–to think someone was interested enough to actually want to read what i’ve writtenQ

  9. I am thankful that I found your blog because I found an amazing and beautiful friend in you.

  10. Keep writing as long as it gives you joy. Maybe we will get another site off the ground and we will both have a new creative endeavor.

  11. I actually came across my copy of your book last week while dusting my shelves (this happens about once every six months, so don’t be offended) and I took it out and re-read some of the essays (that photo of your pants on the tiny ironing board makes me laugh out loud every time I see it. Please use it as your next cover.) That’s the thing about your writing, woman: It doesn’t matter if I’ve already read it or if it’s been 20 years and I’m re-discovering what you said – you write the kind of stuff that I can relate to, again and again. As long as you keep writing, I’ll keep reading.

  12. Seems I tripped and fell onto your blog a little late (as usual) so I will write loudly PLEASE DON’T GO! I am thankful to have found such funny, honest, strange people when I decided to check out the blogosphere. Makes me feel right at home.

  13. And we would like to extend a big “thank you” to you! You entertain me with every post. So I shall also be in rare form when I say this, but I mean it sincerely- you are wonderful and thank you for the laughs and the great writing that comes along with it.

    Happy weekend, my dear!


    Sorry. Had to shake the seriousness. Carry on.

  14. Abby, I love your book. SO VERY MUCH. And I sincerely hope you NEVER quit blogging. I love every word you’ve ever typed in this here space.

  15. My thanks goes to you – you never fail to entertain. Here’s to another year, my friend!

  16. Just found your blog, and I’m loving it! Don’t go anywhere. We need the laughs out here! 🙂

  17. Your cat would make a great cover model for your next book.

  18. I have wrote here and there online for 12 years. I’m glad I found you during this round. 😉
    Now with eBooks, it has to be a bit easier. It has been a dream of mine as well to make a book fro my family.

  19. Aww Happy Book-i-versary! I, for one, have been enriched, inspired, comforted and entertained by your words and your wit. Thank you for sharing yourself with us:) Love you Abby!

  20. My thanks go out to my friend Nancy for convincing me to start a blog, my friend Noa for pimping it, and all of my dysfunctional friends and family for providing me with constant material. Happy Anniversary to your book and thanks to you for all you’ve given to the Humane Society. xoxo

  21. you know I ADORE YOU Abby..and your funny, beautiful, amazing words. I will read anything you write. Your book sits on my NOOK and when I need a giggle, I find you..and let you make me LAUGH.

    hope your Thanksgiving was AWESOME SAUCE xo

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