As most people know (because I've mentioned it a few times), I spend time every week (used to be every day, when most of my time was spent in a hospital chair) googling for mentions of our story on other blogs and websites and leaving a comment on every one. Most people also know that I respond (although I'm currently a few weeks behind) to every email (unless it's something that I feel doesn't deserve a response because it's crude or argumentative) that I receive from blog readers. To date, I've received about 4000 emails from blog readers and (this one's an educated guess) have visited close to 1000 blogs/websites that have mentioned us (and I'm sure I've missed a bunch).
Several people have asked me why I do these things. A few reasons:
1) Even with thousands of daily readers, I still find it fascinating that others would take the time to mention the blog, our story, etc. on their own blogs. Even if I didn't feel the desire to respond to everything, I'd still want to see what people are saying about is...some of it is very interesting...
2) I have tried, to my best ability, to document our story as much as possible, including what others are saying about us. I think it will be a very cool thing, especially for Gwyneth, to look back in 20 years and see just how amazing this adventure has been (and continues to be).
3) Unfortunately, there have been a (very) few people who have said some untrue and unfriendly things about us on their blogs/websites, and I like to know what those things might be in case anyone asks me about it.
4) I value the ability to say "thank you" to anyone who would (in a positive way) take the time to email us or mention us on the internet...most people email simply to be encouraging, and most people mention us on blogs/websites, at least in part, to point people our way and add to those who are thinking and praying for us. As I've mentioned many, many times, the support of our internet friends has been priceless this past year.
So, there you go...now you can sleep peacefully tonight.