A ‘love letter’ to the WordPress community

I think we all want to feel like our words matter. Like they make a difference. Like we mean something to someone. That we’re not just aimlessly wandering through this life, not leaving a mark anywhere, with anyone.

I get that. I really do. I feel that way a lot.

I think that’s why it’s so amazing when we come across someone who’s words align so well with the way that we think, with how we see the world, with who we perceive ourselves to be. Finally finding that feeling as though you’re not alone, it’s a big deal.

For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of meeting someone who understood me, who didn’t want to change me, who liked me just the way I was. And last year, I found that. Not only had I never known a love like that before, but I’d also never known an understanding like that. It was beautiful, unwavering and felt like it weather any storm.

Because when you find someone who’s words resonate with you, it’s a magical feeling (for lack of better terminology). It’s almost as if you’ve got this family that you never knew you had. People who understand you, who love you for who you are and have no interest in changing you.

I get that. That feeling, it’s everything.

This place has become like a second family to me. I come here when I’m sad. I come here when I’m mad. I come here when I’m happy. I just like to come here. I like the people. Even when they notice, and point out that I probably come here too often, I just like the place. I just like the acceptance, how everyone treats you as though you’re one of their own. Like you’ve known each other all along and this is the place you were meant to be.

No one judges me here. No one holds my faults against me. People just appreciate and respect. And, man oh man, that’s a nice feeling to find.

Thank you. All of you. Thank you. You mean the world to me.

72 thoughts on “A ‘love letter’ to the WordPress community

  1. I’m happy you have a place you feel safe to be yourself in. That is so important 🙂
    This is my favourite place as well. I’ve experienced nothing but really positive interactions with serious bloggers (I’m leaving spammers out of this generalization) on this platform. And I’m probably on this platform more than I should be as well.

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    1. It’s only a problem if we make it a problem right? I don’t know about you but if people accept me here better than in my real life, I’m more than happy to hang out here. lol

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  2. I’ve not been here long but your blog has become one of my favourites and I always really enjoy reading it 💜 I love the community here already and how everyone builds each other up

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  3. Such a sweet and heartfelt letter. I agree that there’s something about finding like-minded people through blogging that makes the world just a bit brighter. Been blogging for nearly six years now, and I can definitely say that it has gotten me through a lot of things. Basing bloggers on their words and not on other features (e.g. socioeconomic status, race, etc.) is what makes this blogging community all the more inclusive. Thank YOU for opening up and letting others find the beauty in your writing!

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    1. You have so many wonderful stories to share. Honestly, every time I read one of your posts I think you have had so many experiences that I wish to have, I get jealous a little. But not in a bad way, in a way where I’m happy to read that someone gets to do such incredible things and using it as motivation to get myself there one day. Do you know what I mean?

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      1. Aw, thank you! I’m really flattered. I’m really fortunate to have had so many experiences while traveling, but it’s definitely not all fun and games. What you don’t see often are self-doubt, worries, and hard times. My past experiences are keeping me motivated to get back there some day, as I’m currently going through a lot of similar things like yourself (e.g. anxiety, unemployment, etc). One day, it’ll happen– have faith!

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    1. Well I hope that you really grow to love this place and you stick around. Like a beautiful garden, this community needs to be cultivated with beautiful souls like yourself.

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  4. You and your blog are one of the highlights of my day. I love reading your words V and you do matter and make a difference. You’re right, this WordPress community is really something. There are so many great people here. I enjoy hanging out here too 🙂

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    1. Thank you. You’re a sweet, wonderful soul. If I ever make it to California, I’m taking you out for the fanciest cup of coffee we can get. (Because I hear the lattes are all kinds of expensive there)

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  5. You’re so welcome! 😀 I find it so liberating to write down my thoughts and not being judged! It learns me not to judge myself so harshly. People can be nice and apparently there are a lot of them. I don’t care if you write often, I like to read your posts.

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  6. Never let anyone ever change you, because who you are is important. If someone wants to change you then it’s not you they want but some version of you they want to mould to their way of thinking. We all change ourselves slightly as we grow and as we age, we learn new things about ourselves. But that’s a normal progression. When you meet that special person who loves you for you warts and all, as they say. That’s when you have met the person for you. But even then there is a adjustment period where each of you are trying to keep the other happy, but as long as any changes you make to you are by you and not at someone else’s behest then you will be fine. I sense from your writing that things have been tough for you, and I sincerely get that. I haven’t had an easy life, so many things have been thrown at me, somehow i’m still here, although at times I wonder why. Having lost my sister last year from cancer it really makes you think. There are so many things if I had my life over again, I would change, but that’s hindsight. I wouldn’t have changed having my 4 children, because sometimes I feel now they are all I have to show in life. So live your life to its fullest, and enjoy it. Cherish it. Because I think you have a lot to give but you haven’t had the chance yet to show who you really are.
    Take care jackie

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      1. I am, I have had many years to get that way, lots of heartache, been badly treated by two husbands. So that’s why I said to always be you. I lost myself years ago being wife and mum to 4 wonderful children who are now all grown up. So life on my own is tough. But if I can give a bit of wisdom here and there I am happy. Always be you.❤️

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      1. It really is, and I don’t know about yours, but mine (even though it isn’t huge) just sort of developed on its own. One person liking my blog here, me liking another person’s there, them liking each other. It’s really cool!

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  7. Very true. I also find that the blogging community has more positive people who appreciate others unlike people on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram who just keep finding faults in you and mock, insult and abuse you. I have only a regret that I found this blogging community after many years, I wish I could start a blog earlier.

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  8. You found me on wordpress, and I’m glad I found your blog .. I tease and say that my path to immortality will be through the written word –it’s an amazing gift that we have. When someone else reads a thought I once expressed, they are there with me, even if I am long gone.

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  9. Beautifully stated. Words matter. Your words matter. And they touched a place in my soul today that I didn’t realize needed attention. Thank you for writing. Keep doing it. Keep sending your thoughts and love and whatever else you have inside you into the ether, you never know who needs to hear or read them or what it will mean to them. That’s why we do this, after all.
    Thank you 🙏

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      1. You just made my day. I’m glad you stumbled upon my post and that we’ve been able to “meet” I wish you a wonderful rest of your day and hope you find something beautiful in it . Take care ❤️

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  10. Hi V,
    I’ve been thinking about writing a post mentioning your blog posts specifically and how I find them really inspirational and one of the many delights I have appreciated as a “new to blogging” guy. Are you ok with me doing this? I know it may be a bit unorthodox when quite a few are trying to reach out with their own writing but I just think it would be nice to do this. I’ll await your thoughts before progressing! 😎

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    1. Do it! Do it! DO it! I’m humbled by your desires too. And I just think you should do it. Spread that love and light and motivation amongst the masses ❤

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  11. Wholeheartedly true. I love the no judgment and just cheering each other on type community that is present here! And I love YOU for always being so honest and bearing your raw soul to us, you have no idea how much it means to me because being the sensitive, overthinker, anxiety-prone person I am, it is so hard for people to constantly look at me like a weak little baby.

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    1. Nothing is weak about anxiety. Just because your brain is wired different does not make you weak! I think being able to be honest about your anxiety makes you really strong! You’re not a weak little baby at all. Just remember that your strength.

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    1. I’d imagine us being the loudest two in Starbucks just talking away about so many things – things of substance – things of non-substance, just everything under the sun!

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  12. I am an avid believer that we can find safe spaces anywhere we choose – the thing I appreciate most about WordPress is that though everyone here has their niches, we don’t cling to the familiar by staying within them. We explore. We move around, engage, interact, think.
    There are no expectations or hype, only creators (the naturally curious, yeah?) who want to know what other creators are creating.

    They want to support each other, to be that person in the background while you’re in the mirror getting ready that’s yelling “yaaaasssssssss” at every beautiful phase of completion; to let you know they relate. To cheer you on. That at some level, we are all the exact same in ways.

    The ability to create is a prime example, we all create different things and differently, but we all create. It ties us together. Super important. I’m grateful for both WP and all the ideavators that make it run. I’m grateful for the posts and people I stumble across. It’s so beautiful to see how intricate other people’s minds are. So thank you, actually, for being exactly as you are and sharing it all with us. May you always be fantastic. 🥂💜

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    1. You’re so right. There are so many supportive souls here yelling ‘YAAAAASSSSSS’ it’s such a nice place to be. Thank you ❤

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  13. Are you finding joy here, and help on your journey through life? Then you’re not coming here too often. Finding acceptance and people that feel like -our- people is an important part of staying mentally & emotionally healthy!

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