It was one year ago today that I launched this little blog. A year and 147 posts later (and a few unfinished drafts) and I'm lucky to be still at it. Of course, at the time I started, I was hoping that I would never make it this far because I'd be cured and move on with my life. But barring that, I'm very fortunate and happy that I've had a chance to connect with so many other great people through this blog and other ME/CFS websites.
Looking back at my first post, I wrote about all the reasons I chose to start this blog. Most of them were personal--everything from keeping my immediate family informed to making a record of my research. Have you ever been researching an ME/CFS issue and suddenly gotten a feeling of deja vu? Then you read a little further and you realize, "yes, yes I've definitely been to this webpage before. I'm going in circles; I'm relearning things I've already learned"? Well, that was another reason I started this blog; to keep track of what I'd already learned. It was sort of my ME/CFS "Pinterest" account, before I had ever heard of Pinterest.
My point is, all my reasons were, at first, personal.
A year later and there's this whole new dimension to blogging that I didn't expect: connecting with great people. There are so many smart, interesting, capable people with ME/CFS, and I'm always amazed at how willing they are, generally, to take the time to express concern and compassion and to share ideas with someone they've never met in real life. So I want to thank all of you who I've met, not just through my blog, but throughout the ME/CFS internet. It's been real.