As any blogger knows, developing a relationship with one’s readers is vital. At the same time, going through the comments that readers post can be harrowing. Under cloak of Internet anonymity, will they go for your jugular? Or just your balls? Will they praise the post you put together, half hung over, one morning while brushing your teeth, and pan the one you carefully crafted over weeks of research? Did any of them even really read the article?
Well, today, when I fully announced my retirement from the Frugal Traveler column, I got a nice surprise: love—lots of it—in the comments section.
It’s funny, when I was out there doing this job, I always felt just like a regular traveler trying to get through a challenging adventure. I knew that at the end, people would be reading about it, but that concept seemed so distant, so unimaginably ridiculous, that it was never until much later–like, maybe, today–that I realized how much effect my time on the road would have on people I’d never met.
Anyway, it’s a nice feeling to have people say they appreciate what you’ve done for them (I hope one day Sasha expresses a similar sentiment) and for that, I’m tearing up with gratitude.
But only a little.