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As I mentioned in Thursday’s article, Raptitude is officially six months old.

I’m thrilled with how fast my readership grown, I really never expected this. I want let you know I’m very grateful for your time and attention.

This week my RSS subscriber count hit 700 for the first time, and I know that doesn’t account for the many regular readers who don’t use RSS or even know what it is. This last two months I’ve averaged over 1,500 unique visitors a day.

There is a fairly regular group of commenters (mostly fellow bloggers) whom I’ve come to know through their feedback, and I get emails from fans telling me about themselves and their stories. When I picture my audience, I tend to think of that small group of familiar names and avatars.

But the numbers indicate they are a minority, and there are hundreds of regular readers I know absolutely nothing about. I’ve published 68 articles, each one a mishmash of my own personal stories, opinions, rants and reflections, and there is a sizable group of people who invest some of their day to come here to read them.

I just speak my thoughts into my keyboard, but for the most part I don’t even know who I’m speaking to! Yet they listen. It’s so bizarre.

I was talking with someone last night about writing for one’s audience versus just writing what comes to mind. Some argue that your writing should not be shaped by the thought of who is reading it, lest it become pandering. It’s an understandable point, but I don’t agree. Readers are a necessary and equal part of the equation. Writing is communicating, not just pondering. This is not a journal; you are a part of it too.

So here’s my question:

Who are you?

Yes, you! The person staring at the screen right now. I would love to know a little bit about you. Even just where you’re from and how you heard about Raptitude. Something.

I know most people generally don’t leave comments on blogs, and I’m not asking that you start doing that. Most commenters have their own blogs and commenting is an essential part of promoting a blog.

But it would be so great to hear from long-time (and new) readers who have never made their presence known here. Even if it’s just this once.

One thing many people don’t know is that commenting does not require you to sign up for anything. The blogging software requires an email address, but it is kept private and is never used for anything. You can even enter a fake one.

So please, if you’ve enjoyed any of my articles over the last six months, I ask this tiny favor of you. It doesn’t need to take longer than thirty seconds. There is a living, breathing audience of everyday people behind those faceless statistics, and I am so, so curious to know who they are.

R

Photo by Izzie Whizzie



Heather September 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I’m a young college student who is attempting to grow more as a person. This is my purpose and your blog has been very inspirational. It’s something to show what can be done, in a short time, and how you’ve managed to change as a person. You seem very well rounded, and down to earth, not talking over my head but not dumbed down either. I enjoy reading, writing, dancing, tea. Good tea. I live in Texas and I’m currently in college, I have a boyfriend of several years that I care for very much. All in all my story seems like so many others that it’s rather silly, my difference being that I’m a loud person. I’m silly, I speak my mind and normally don’t even consider the consequences. My spirit is a wild one that will never be tamed by anything other than what pleases me, and my heart is very kind, and easily hurt.
Your story is a good one, interesting and I’m an avid reader, please continue your path of self discovery, it is good for those of us who share your desire to become the best we can be.

David September 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Hi Heather. Being loud is something I always found really difficult. I envy people who are inclined to speak their mind without hesitation. That’s actually something I want to get better at; as of right now I still default to ‘quiet’ and sometimes it makes me fade into the wallpaper. Thanks for your comment and good luck with the rest of your story.

Rosa September 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

Hi David! You know me :)
I dont always comment but I ALWAYS read. And I want you to know that I LOVE raptitude, all your posts wow me.

David September 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Rosa I always love to hear from you. You too are one of the original ‘crew’, and you’re still here. Your tweets and facebook comments always make me smile. Thanks so much for sticking around.

Jeri Ray September 26, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Congrats on the 6 month mark! I feel like I’ve been here almost since the beginning, gosh, I wish I could remember how I found you. I’m a 50+ female from So Cal who enjoys your blog. I’m a blog junkie, trying to cut back, but I do subscribe to yours! Continued success and I hope your numbers grow!!

David September 26, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Hi Jeri Ray, thanks for your readership. Sorry to keep feeding your blog addiction, but at least I only post twice a week. Moderation makes anything okay, right?

Steve September 26, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Hi David

I’m a semi-regular reader from South Canterbury, New Zealand, & just wanted to take the opportunity to congratulate you on your blogging success as I’ve always found your articles to be interesting & thought provoking.

Best of luck with your travels – drop me a line if you find yourself anywhere near Timaru, NZ & I’ll buy you a beer (or non-alcoholic beverage if you prefer)…

David September 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Hi Steve, thanks a lot. I’ll definitely be heading somewhere in the Canterbury region, I’ll keep Timaru (and you) in mind. Shortly before my trip I’ll be launching a sister blog where I’ll be keeping a log of my travels.

Heather September 26, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Well my advice for increasing your ‘loudness’ is pretty simple, if you were to look back a year later, would you be more sad for saying something, or for saying nothing at all? Very often this gives me the courage to step up and say my piece, maybe it might do the same for you. Our lives are so short, that wasting time on holding back seems pretty pointless to me. It’s like a flower holding itself shut, to scared to bloom.

David September 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm

That sounds like it’s definitely worth doing, Heather, I’ll make a point of it when I’m out and about. I do have to overcome 25+ years of introvert reflexes, but I think I can make some headway with conscious effort. Thanks Heather.

Michelle September 27, 2009 at 6:34 am

I started reading your blog about three weeks ago when the LIS RSS feed to which I subscribe linked to the World’s Strongest Librarian, which linked to you. I always save your blogs for last, as they are the most interesting and fun to read.

I’m a librarian working in the Middle East (Mexican/American by birth, married to a Brit). The only job I’ve ever loved was being a student and the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do other than study was to travel. Being a librarian is like being a student for life, and is also very transportable.

I’m not a blogger, and not much of a commenter, but I am a reader.

Have a brilliant time in New Zealand, and a long and adventurous journey home.

David September 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Ah, Josh is sending librarians over now! Good to hear from you Michelle. WSL is an exceptional blog and it has a particularly intelligent (and often very strong) readership. Thanks for coming (and commenting.)

Maria September 28, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Hi David,
I’ve commented here a couple of times. I found your comments on several topics in realitysandwich interesting and I followed you here. You say you want to know a little about me. 51 year old Connecticut housewife. Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. Retired public school art teacher, serial traveler, voracious reader, foodie, currently a tiny bit obsessed with Ashtanga yoga. I hope you find time to visit Melbourne, Saigon, and Chiang- Mai, while you are in that corner of the earth. Have a great journey.

David September 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Hi Maria. You sound like a terribly interesting person!

Chiang-Mai is definitely on my itinerary. I’m planning on a week or so in there. Australia and Vietnam will probably have to wait for a future adventure, but plans have a way of changing.

Thanks for your comment, good to hear from you.

ummtiflain September 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm

My heavy heart is what led me to your website somehow. I am not like you, intelligent nor witty but I am often left with a sense of peace after reading some of your articles. I discovered your website last month and have actually entertained the thought of asking you, a complete stranger, for advice and that therein lies my problem. I have reached such a low that I would actually entertain that thought. So who am I you ask? I can’t even answer that question for myself. So let’s just say I’m a mother of two in the Middle East aching to be free of the pain I inflict upon myself and someone who could only dream of ever attaining anything that remotely resembles raptitude in my life.

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) September 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Salaam~ hilm

David September 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I think you’re selling yourself short! Actually quite a few people do email me asking me to weigh in on things; I am happy to offer my thoughts, for whatever they’re worth. Please feel free to get in touch. I am not a wise man but I’m always willing to listen.

Yalcin September 28, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Hi David,
I only commented once on your blog but I am definitely a regular reader. I found your blog through stumble upon 4 months ago. I’m pretty sure it was that “88 things” list, which is still one of my favourite. I remember wondering how you managed to put that many great ideas and thoughts together at once. Since then I’ve been following your blog to see it only get better and better. I can say you had a positive impact on me and the way I see things. I can relate to most of the things you’ve been through and you can be a real inspiration.
Anyways, I’m 23 year old senior college student studying psychology in Turkey. I’m hoping to be a grad student overseas next year. I’m also into literature and mostly enjoy Russian novels from 19th century. I’d like to write my own novel one day. Take care:)

David September 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Hi Yalcin, thanks for the reply. If you’re reading the Russian masters at 23 I’ve no doubt you’re on your way to being a published novelist. Good luck with grad school; studying overseas would be unforgettable.

Michael September 29, 2009 at 12:59 am

OK here goes, I am in my sixties, live in Melbourne Australia and write for a living. books and articles, mostly educational.

I work about 4-6 hours a day and spend the rest with my family.

Diamonds is one of my biggest websites. Hundreds of articles on diamonds. i am going to write a book about diamonds one day.
.-= Michael´s last blog ..Blood Diamonds =-.

David September 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Hi Michael. Sounds like a great working arrangement; work you enjoy and plenty of time left over. It turns out there is quite an Australian contingent in my readership. That’s great, I love Australians.

Jade October 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I just wanted to drop you a note. I am one of your newest RSS subscribers and I love your blog. I have been around the blog block, so to speak, been a blogger for 8 years now, and I rarely find new gems in the pile of dung the internet tends to turn up. You, are a true and shining gem and I love your blog.

There. I said it.

Thank you, and keep it up. I would miss you if you disappeared.

David October 4, 2009 at 8:48 am

Wow, I’m touched. What a thing to say :)

Thanks so much Jade.

Shaun October 4, 2009 at 7:07 am

I found this site through someone’s tweet, it pointed to the “88 truths” list, and I thought that was neat, so I clicked around and found that there was a lot of other interesting stuff here as well. This was just yesterday. I’ve been clicking around this site all morning.

About myself: I live in Ontario, Canada. I’m 22. I don’t work, and I don’t go to school. I spend most of my time on the internet, looking for… I don’t know. But I ended up here. So we’ll see what I discover.

David October 4, 2009 at 8:50 am

Well welcome to this little corner of the internet Shaun. I hope you find more of what you’re looking for.

LeeShand October 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm

David,
Thank-you for asking :-). I found your blog thru Twitter last Sun., I think it was, and couldn’t stop reading. I just feel like you are saying what I need to hear and crackng me up at the same time. You are just so dead-on with the things you write. I want you to know you are much appreciated and I can’t wait to read what you have to say next. I am glad I came on board just in time for the grand adventure.

David October 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Hi LeeShand. Thanks, it’s really gratifying to hear that. You are much appreciated too, thanks for speaking up. I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing.
.-= David´s last blog ..David Goes Kiwi is Officially Online =-.

Natalie October 12, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Hey David,

Your sister passed the 88 truths article (Fantastic!) on to me & have since passed your site along to a few friends. We really enjoy reading your blog… The topics bring up some great conversations between us. I can’t wait to hear about your Kiwi adventures!

Safe Travels,
Natalie

David October 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Hi Natalie, good to hear from you. I’m glad you liked it. When I started this blog I knew of every single person that read it. Now I’m getting acquaintances and friends of friends coming out of the woodwork telling me they read Raptitude, it’s really cool.

You may have seen it already but I just launched my travel blog today: David Goes Kiwi>. I’ll post all my pictures and stories there.

Thanks for your comment.

Henry October 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm

The first thing I thought when I came across this blog was how much you remind me of myself. Now I know that seems a little narcissistic (sadly I can’t help it) but another way to put it would be the articles here are tailored perfectly to my taste. Your way of thinking and your priorities in life are just the same as me so I can’t help coming back to read more. Keep on writing, you should be very proud of your achievements!

David October 25, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Henry. I have heard people say things like that before and I always feel very flattered. As a writer, all I’m trying to do is communicate effectively, and hearing that makes me know I was successful.

Marv October 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Not really sure what to say to be honest, I started reading after I was passed the ’88 Truths’, after that I was hooked, as a heavy thinker, this instantly interested me. Other than that, i’m 17 and currently in college, i’m more artistic than I am accademic, so I should hopefuly be going into something artistic when i’m older, no idea what specifically though.
Nice to see a blogger getting to know his audience.
Really looking forward to the next article, keep up the good work!

David October 25, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Hi Marv. Thanks a lot. 88 Truths was the first point of contact for a lot of readers. I’m glad you looked deeper!

Φιλιππος October 24, 2009 at 12:17 am

hi again david. i am a computer engineering student from colombia that spends too much time in the interwebs… i actually don’t remember how i got to your page. sometimes i just input feelings/emotions/concepts i’m experiencing into google to see what turns out. maybe that was it. what i liked about your blog is that you are/were in that state of inspiration in which we want to just get rid of that old self and be the better persons we know we can be. i was (am, sort of) in a similar path when i bumped here and so naturally gravitated towards your rants. also i liked how you’re extremely honest about yourself and your endeavors, it shows.
.-= Φιλιππος´s last blog .. =-.

David October 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Hi Φιλιππος

Good to hear from Columbia too. Quite a global audience I’m forming. I’m glad you’re liking it, I hope you enjoy tomorrow’s article.

Kathir April 3, 2010 at 1:41 am

Hello David,

88 truths was the obvious starting point and ever since I am hooked. Reading your blog is a different experience. I like it because it is very relaxing and makes me introspect and mirror things with my own life and circumstances whenever I read a post.

For example, when you wrote the struggle you had writing your first post, being a newbie blogger, I could perfectly understand and it gave me the confidence that I could atleast start with 500 word blogs and its going on so far….
.-= Kathir´s last blog ..Careerscapes: Interview with Babuji Ranganathan. =-.

David April 3, 2010 at 2:18 am

Hi Kathir. I don’t think there’s anything worth doing that is easy right from the get-go. Good luck with your blogging career.

jess April 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I found your site yesterday thanks to Stumble Upon. The article on 40 Niestzsche quotes popped up for me. Reading the comments, and your responses to them prompted me to read more. I read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open last night, and then came back today to read more.

Your post, The One The One Ingredient Necessary for Accepting Yourself, brought me to tears. I’m in my 33 and still working on myself. I’ve come a long way since beginning my journey in my mid 20s, but this post made me see how far I have yet to go.

I left corporate America in my late 20s to finish college. I’ve worked as a tutor, a phone sex operator and a server since. I’ve loved all of them far more than the paycheck and cubicle corporate life offered. I have my BA in Anthropology, and I’m going back in the fall to work on my Masters in Sociology.

In my junior/senior year of college, I discovered philosophy and that I could incorporate it into my love of anthropology and sociology. According to my professors, I bring a different perspective to philosophy because of the anthro background, but it seems to make for interesting discussions. I know I’ll continue to read your site, I don’t know how much I will comment. I don’t have a strong philosophy background, so I feel a bit intimidated. Time will tell…

I thank you sincerely for this blog.

David April 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Whoops, I responded to your comment days ago but it disappeared!

Thanks for sharing your story Jess.

Good for you for ditching the cubicle farm. I’m working a similar transition of my own at the moment.

No need to be intimidated by the comment section! I definitely do not have a strong philosophy background either. I have no university education. I just read a lot and say what I think, and if I’m off the mark, then good, I’ve learned something. I will go to university sometime in the next decade, probably to study anthropology.

allalone April 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm

This blog really lifts me up when I’m down…..I’m so glad you’re here!

David April 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm

So good to hear. You lift me up when I’m down too.

tj April 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

hi there,
i’m not sure how i found you… i read your blog through Google Reader, do you get counts for that? i think i may have come here through galadarling.com actually.
like your blog a lot, thank you for writing :)

David April 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Thanks for reading tj. Gala linked a few of my articles recently, and suddenly a lot of new regulars started showing up.

Fabe April 6, 2010 at 5:59 am

Hi Dave,
I stumbled upon a Facebook status of a friend referring to your “3 Pieces of Advice I’d Give My 18 Year-Old Self If I Could” article. I read it and was astonished by your way of looking at life. Since then I subscribed to your newsletter and read also some of your old posts. I like your spreading of optimism to the world.
Two facts about your readers:
1. They are really all over the world. For instance me, I am sitting in my office in Zurich, Switzerland right now.
2. There are more than you think. Apart from the newsletter subscribers, the RSS receivers and website visitors, there are probably a bunch of offline readers as well. The best articles I print out and show them to my grilfriend.
So keep on blogging
Fabe

David April 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Hi Fabe. I love to hear that I have readers everywhere. My sources tell me I have had visitors from 42 municipalities in Switzerland, most from Zurich by far. I’ve had visits from 169 countries, but the majority are from the US, Canada, Australia, Germany and the UK.

I hadn’t thought about offline readers, but you’re right. People have told me they’ve pinned up my articles on their fridges and in their workplaces.

spiderlgs April 6, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I am enraptured every time I read your blog. (Ha. get it!) Anyway. I’m a language arts teacher. I love the word “raptitude.” I love your blog. I love your thoughts. I think you are super foxy, and if I worked with you, I’d try to sit close to you at meetings, so I could feel that little innocent school girl crush and push my hair behind my ear and blush when you talk LOL

Okay, enough gushing.. who am I? I am from Chicago, and I’ve struggled with a lot of the things you describe on your blog. I’ve only discovered it in the past 4 days, but I’ve read most of it. I understand the feelings of social anxiety, the justifications for it, the desires to be happy, the struggles trying to get there, and now I feel like I am getting there.. I am on the right path. I am falling in love with my life, and I think the greatest gift I’ve found on this journey is other people, like you, who have come from where I’ve come from, and that has allowed me to forgive myself and move forward.

So, I hope you come to Atlanta, or Chicago or anywhere near me, cause I’d love to shake your hand (well actually give you a hug) and say thank you.

David April 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Hi spiderlgs.

You are making my ego swell :)

Falling in love with life is a great place to be. And I agree with you that the best part is finding other people moving in the same direction.

Actually, as soon as I can manage it, I’m going to take a loooong zigzaggy US road trip from coast to coast, studying the American dream and meeting readers and fellow bloggers all along the way. I’ll definitely visit Atlanta, probably Chicago too. Hugs will be free.

JC April 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

Hi. I’m from Colombia but I live in San Francisco. A friend of mine sent me the link to your 88 Truths and I was hooked. I found it when I was going through a difficult time and I was actually reading a lot of similar stuff at the time. I absolutely love everything you write. You’ve made me see that I’m not crazy, that I was -and still am- actually going in what I think is the right direction for myself. Thanks for being here. Juanita.

David April 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Hi Juanita. Good to have you. It seems most people found me through 88 truths… it really gets around.

James April 11, 2010 at 3:20 am

David, this is me. I just got to know of your site recently and have honestly been blown away so far. We spend so much time learning and making mistakes and finding who we are, piece by piece, we often think and feel we are alone. We’re not alone, and your thoughts and writing hits that point home. Thanks for sharing – it is a gift to many, and that by default makes you a gift. Take care and you’ll be seeing me more often here I gather. haha

warbaby

David April 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hi James.

No, we are definitely not alone, that’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging. We all have the same problems and the same hopes when you cut them down to the bone.

Jon April 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Hey David

I recently found your 88 Truths post via StumbleUpon, and enjoyed it very much, but didn’t really give your blog a second thought. Later that same day I StumbledUpon your “Six Amazing Songs” post, which I thought was fantastic. I recognized the overall look of the site from the previous post I found, and starting checking out your other posts since I enjoyed those first two so much. In the last….oh 4-5 days or so, I’ve read about half of your posts and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. I’m a 20 year old engineering student at a small midwestern college, and in the last 18 months or so, I’ve gradually started picking up on many of the ideas you talk about. I’m a very passionate person with rather addictive tendencies (not towards anything especially harmful for the most part) and the whole concept of self-discovery/improvement has become my newest obsession. I’ve been soaking in as much information related to the topic as I can, everything from writings by great philosophers, to clever cartoons that seem to have something meaningful to say under the surface. I’ve found your blog to be one of the most reliable sources for insight. In the last week I’ve been as moved, challenged, dumbfounded, and receptive to your work as I’ve ever been to anything in the past. The small changes that I’ve begun making because of these insights are already starting to pay off and I look forward to the benefits yet to come. Keep up the good work. You’ve definitely earned another fan’s respect and gratitude.

David April 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Hi Jon. I love to hear when people jump into the archives and read post after post. It makes me feel like I’ve connected with someone on a deeper level than people typically do with a blog post. If I can make a person stop clicking the stumble button, I’ve done my job.

Megan @ The Ugly Nutrition Truth April 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Hey David!

I just found your blog this morning via the 88 Truths post, but cannot seem to remember how! I even just went through my browser history, but can’t seem to find it… I must’ve clicked through from somewhere! I will say that I am so glad I am just finishing up my undergrad degree and have a few days free, so that I can read EVERYTHING on your site! For real. I keep clicking and clicking and am finding it hard to even get through a whole post without seeing a link to another one I want to read! I’m starting a new phase in my life in the fall with an exciting internship, and am finally feeling ready to “be me”. As cheesy as that sounds, I’m so ready to put away all my crap and just enjoy life. I’m thinking all of your amazing thoughts and articles have something to do with my new attitude, so I am grateful to you for that.

Anyhoo. Didn’t mean to write you a novel! Just wanted to express my adoration from a new (and now permanent) reader. Keep up the amazing site!

p.s. Just followed you on twitter…I see you’re also Canadian… and here I thought I couldn’t adore you more! :)
.-= Megan @ The Ugly Nutrition Truth´s last blog ..REAL Food Recipe: Broccoli-Pesto Quinoa =-.

David April 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Hi Megan!

As I said in the previous comment I find it super gratifying when someone discovers Raptitude and wants to read a whole bunch of posts. It means I’m writing something meaningful. Good to have you with us.

Yes, I am a Winnipegger (and quinoa fan) :)

David April 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm

My mom just emailed me and said she made your quinoa salad and it was really good.

Trish April 26, 2010 at 6:38 am

hi David,
Just found Raptitude thru Stumbleupon. Sometimes the Universe just gives you what you need when you need it, and that’s how I feel about Raptitude.

About me … just closed my business and have reentered the 9-5 world (yes, I’m grateful to have a real, paying job right now). My marraige is failing, I’m working diligently to ‘lighten the load’, and visit many minimalist blogs for inspiration. Selling my house has become a priority so that I can leave this very unsatisfactoy life for circumstances that will bring me more joy. On that note, I’m off to face another day. Enjoy yours.
t

David April 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Hi Trish,

Good luck dealing with the hard times while they’re here. I hope my little website can be of some help.

Steve June 5, 2010 at 1:30 am

Dave,
I’m a sixteen year old boy from Wisconsin. I felt great when I read your article about ‘the secret to connecting with people’, because I had been half-practicing those on my own. Seeing them written so clearly and concisely allowed me to really get them in my head- and tomorrow, I’m watching movies at home with a cute girl that I’ve been paying (greater) attention to. Thank you!

Paula July 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Hi David ~

Is is too late to comment on this post? I’ll give it a try.

I Stumbled on your blog about a month ago, and since that time I’ve gone into the archives and started at the beginning (I’m particular that way!) and this is how far I’ve made it since then. I plan to read every post. I was unduly excited when I realized you are from Winnipeg – I live about 40 minutes away.

I have been held captive by your simple, yet profound, life philosophies as recently I’ve been letting go of my fundamentalist Christian upbringing. I’ve found myself in agreement of your well-written, well-spoken thoughts and look forward to continuing my journey through your posts until I am caught up!

Cheers!

David July 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Never too late! I love when people comment on this post.

40 minutes away from Winnipeg… Selkirk? Beausejour?

I’m flattered you want to take on the entire archives like that. Hopefully my writing gets better that way, and not worse ;)

Thanks Paula

Paula July 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Close enough – I live near Steinbach. Now that I’ve left my first comment on a blog EVER, I might feel brave enough to do it again! I may be nearly a year behind, but I’ll catch up, you’ll see…

Vanessa November 1, 2010 at 2:17 am

Hi David,

I’m a post kidney transplant patient and I’m only 23. I’ve been depressed for some time now so I was researching online about how to cope in life and to how to find happiness; I came upon your blog and I loved it! It was very inspirational and you gave me a boost in life. I look forward reading more of your blogs.

Thank you. :)

Tetra May 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hey David, I would like to let you know how I found out about raptitude! A friend of mine posted “This will never happen again” (I think that was the title) via Facebook, I read it, really liked it, and thus highlighted the url & deleted so that it just read http://www.raptitude.com, saved it to favorite websites, and I began exploring your blog, and I do enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your writing! :)

Navroop March 16, 2013 at 6:37 am

Hi David,
I came to know about Raptitude through a friend of mine who posted an article from your blog on facebook. It was about how we check our emails to get high. That was back in 2011. Since then i have always picked up random articles from your blog to read and have always enjoyed each and every single one of them. I wish that wasn’t true so atleast i wont be so addicted to it as iam right now. Since the beginning of this year, as part of my new year resolution, i decided to read everything you have ever posted on this website from the very beginning and this page is where i am right now!

I fly to Goa,india end of this week and i have to finish reading all of it before that! I have to! Since going to Goa for me is always such a spiritual experience and somehow reading all what you have posted has got something to do with it.
I live in Dubai. Always lived here. Born and brought up here. I have my own share of struggles but nothing that i can’t manage especially when i know iam not alone.
If you ever comedown to Dubai, maybe we can catchup for an innocent cup of coffee :)

David March 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Well godspeed with your mission! I think it’s a worthy cause. I’m envious, I’d love to go to Goa.

If i’m in Dubai I will give you a ring.

Carol August 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Hi David, I found your blog through mrmoneymoustache about 3 months ago. It was about Minimalism. I had been reading up on it for over a year and made some attempts at it. After reading your article I got very serious about it and my life feels lighter already. I was hooked on your writing style when you pointed out that we tend to keep ‘stuff’ around to distract ourselves from what we really should be doing.
So for the last 3 months I have slowly read in order all your past posts from the beginning to here. It has been a great journey so far.
PS… I love your wordy posts. You delve deep into the subject instead of just glossing over.

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