A Blogger’s Gifts

by Gigi Ross on December 23, 2010

Santa must have deemed me a really nice girl this year, because starting in about May, I began getting gifts every day.

They weren’t wrapped in shiny papers. They weren’t perfectly packaged up in tiny boxes. They weren’t tied up with magnificent bows.

They were gifts of words.

My own words, finally finding a home on this blog. They had been lively and rich once, long ago. But they became orphans for a long time, being shifted around from half-finished journals to draft emails. They were stuck in the basement of my brain while I went to law school, which suppressed every creative fiber in my being. They are the words that tell my story.

And there were the words of my readers. Readers whose words make me laugh. And show support. And challenge my assumptions. Their words are the comfortable carpet my feet sink into, the vibrant art that colors this, the home for my words.

And there were the words of other bloggers. Women and men who wrap their words up in lusciousness. Their words drip with humor, hang heavy with pain, transport me to childhood memory, explode off the screen and call me to action. Their words are like a perfect salted caramel truffle: both sweet and bitter; a delight of which I never tire.

And there were the words of those special bloggers who became friends. Friends whose words talk you off a blogging ledge. Words that encourage and words that push you to be better. Words that were lifted up in prayer. Words that understand dreams and frustrations. Their words are my bed of leaves, my blanket of snow, my aquamarine pool, my soft place to land.

If you are reading this post, your words have been one or all of these things to me this year:  words I read, treasure, and carry with me every day of the year. Thank you.

May you be blessed with beautiful words at the holidays, and all year long.


Kelly December 23, 2010 at 6:21 am

Gigi, you are fan-tab-ulous! I actually found you through your guest post at Scary Mommy and followed you ever since!

I may not comment on each post, but I do READ every post. You are a true treasure, and I am so glad that you have this blog to share so much of your goodness. Thank YOU!

KlZ December 23, 2010 at 8:56 am

Merry Christmas. Hope it’s a great one

liz December 23, 2010 at 9:08 am

Awwww, look at you being all schmoopie!

Ha, ha!

Merry Christmas!

SaucyB December 23, 2010 at 9:09 am

What a lovely post.
As Kelly commented, I think I found you through your guest post at Scary Mommy as well. It’s been great blogging and tweeting with you.
As I visit blogs today, I can’t help but feel like I’m popping in and visiting friends for the holidays.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

kludgymom December 23, 2010 at 9:30 am

That’s exactly how I felt yesterday visiting blogs! Merry Christmas!

Erika December 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

That is just so beautiful and so true. I am sure every blogger feels the same way. Blogging is the best gift.

Although, a new computer would be nice too 😉

Mrs. Jen B December 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

Your words are very much appreciated! Have a beautiful Christmas and a fantastic 2011!

Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds December 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

This has made me feel really good about myself. I should print it and hang it on my wall.

Grace December 23, 2010 at 10:55 am

That was lovely. I’m going to vote for you now.

MommaKiss December 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

will vote my heart out, and peace to you and yours this weekend :)

Jamie Bishop December 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

I voted for you! :-)

Tonya December 23, 2010 at 11:53 am

Love this!! Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.

Poppy December 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm

You have my votes!

Cheryl @ Mommypants December 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm

You are gift, Gigi!! So glad we found each other this year!!

And, of course, you have my vote(s).

Hutch December 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm


And I’m glad you found your words, because I love reading them!

Melissa (Confessions of a Dr.Mom) December 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

What a beautifully written post Gigi! Your words here are a work of art and what a gift your words have been to us.

Merry Christmas and best wishes on Blissdom!

Sherri December 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I will vote as many times as I can, Gigi! This would be a fabulous opportunity for you.

And I love this post, can’t agree more. What an awesome community you have here, and lovely words for us to read.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a very happy new year that brings what you are hoping for most.

Maureen December 24, 2010 at 1:22 am

How beautifully written, Gigi!
Thank you for your friendship through this fantastic world of bloggy universe. You are one heck of a writer and totally someone I wish I could hang out with.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! <3

Kim P December 24, 2010 at 5:04 am

I just voted!!! I’m wishing you luck!!!

MidwifeMom December 24, 2010 at 11:15 am

You got my vote Gigi!

Have a wonderful Christmas

AmyBlam December 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

Wishing you the merriest and the happiest!

Yuliya December 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

So lovely. And completely un-snarky…did you really write this? Kidding. Happy holidays to you too and thank you for gracing the blogosphere with your lovely presence. (See that sounded snarky, but totally wasn’t, pinky swear)

subWOW December 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Thank you for the lovely gifts indeed!

Also this sense of community and support and encouragement. I too consider myself blessed. Happy holidays!

Natalie December 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

How did I miss this post?! I love your words and you are right, finding blogging has been such a gift. And finding you was one of my favorite gifts of the year my friend. xoxoxo

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