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Thank You Letter (And It Comes With A BIG HUG Each)
Dear Reader (Sorry - Dear Friend)

I know this may seem a little unusual – me writing a letter to you instead of my usual ramblings on here.  There is a reason for that though.

If I could I would write to each and every one of you individually but I haven't got any other way of contacting some of you than through this blog – so please consider this as a personal letter from me to you.

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your support.  As someone who exists for the purpose of writing I am always amazed when people actually like what I write – no matter if it is on here or on Social Media.  I write because I have to in order to be happy and (reasonably) healthy – you don't have to take the time out of your life to read my ramblings.  As the lyrics from “Get The Funk Out” by Extreme say - “We won't try to force feed you.”.  (And you know where the back button is on whatever device you read my ramblings on.)

Seriously though – as I sit at this keyboard I am honoured that you seem interested in my thoughts (scrambled as they are sometimes).

For those of you who don't know the story behind this blog – it started out as a head-emptying exercise after I had been made redundant in 2009 (wow – is it really that long ago???).  I just started it because I had seen some things I wanted to comment on.  Then I learned that humans actually read my ramblings and liked them – because they took the time to tell me they did.

I remember the first time I was told that people were actually reading my blog.  The conversation went something like this;

“You are a good writer.”

“Thank you.” - wondering how the other person could have come to that conclusion.

“I read your review of Kristyna's gig and it was excellent”.

(Me thinking – you what??? How did you find it???)

A few days later the Kristyna in question told me herself that she liked the review as well.

I am not sure how I manage use words to convey feelings, atmosphere, and meanings in what I write.  I just switch on my laptop and type the first thing which comes into my brain.

Come to think of it – that is not exactly true.  I can credit some wonderful people with helping me learn how to write the way I do.  Or – more to the point – helping me to learn how to feel comfortable with the way I write.

If you have spoken to me in person you will know that I write as I speak.  A couple of you have actually scared me slightly by saying you can actually hear me speaking the blog posts as you read them - and I thought I was the one with the vivid imagination???  All I can say is – it is a good job you cannot (as far as I am aware) read my thoughts as I type my ramblings sometimes as you might learn some very “interesting” Dutch.  As in swearwords.

If you have read this blog before you will know about my health issues – sometimes I may not have the mental energy to blog (even though my brain keeps throwing ideas out all the time).  So if you find big time gaps between blog posts that is probably why.  (You never know – one of these days I might work out how to work it so I can blog from my mobile phone.  I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you though – you may find yourself in need of an ambulance or a funeral director if you do.)

Speaking of my health – thank you for your kind wishes, offers of help, etc.  They are very much appreciated.

Trust me – there are occasions when I feel like stopping the blog and the Social Media, crawling into a corner and giving up.  Hearing unexpected humans saying they enjoy my blog and the rest of my ramblings elsewhere is what keeps me going – both writing-wise and living-wise.

I think I have rambled at you for long enough – and I am in danger of getting soppy as well (this is not a good idea) – so I will close with how I always finish my personal emails;

Have a BIG HUG

Ineke (Inky)

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