You guys, I can hardly believe it! “Afterlife” was my 100th post – isn’t that nuts?! And right now there are 495 of you subscribing, so it won’t be long til we hit 500. I remember my first subscriber back in 2014 – Ezekiel. “Why in god’s name,” I thought, “would poor Zeke want to plague himself with emails of my babbling posts??” But then Mick signed on, and I had two… Then one day I wrote the Robin Williams post and – BOOM! – everything changed.
Today, 60 views per day is about the norm, but they’re hits from all over the frickin’ world! How cool is that? I mean, even if 90% are folks who stumble on a post, think, “Alcoholism? This is boring…” and click away, that’s still 6 drunks a day, maybe people not situated to get to meetings, who get something from it. (Hi Nepal! Hi Netherlands!)
When I started this blog, my only thought was to try to market my (severely freaky) addiction memoir, since I sucked colossally at all things commercial (and still do). I thought I had nothing to say that wasn’t already in the book. The idea that I could use the blog to share ongoing experience, strength, and hope with others came gradually. What Normal Drinkers Will Never Understand was my first post intended to help alcoholics and their loved ones.
Anyways, I have no idea who all of you are or how often you read, but I just want to say THANK YOU for sticking with me. I’m an odd mix of Big Book orthodoxy and eccentric woo-woo Near Death Experience – not everybody’s cup of tea. Your encouraging comments keep me going. Whatever gift god gives me with words, I’m going to keep using it to extend the wisdom of AA’s 12 steps and the wackiness of NDE faith to others.
Love to all,