Gracias Por Estar Cerca…

That’s my lil fancy way of saying, thank you my dear reader for staying close. I am so touched by the love and support you have shown for this blog. Every single one of you that has stopped by and taken time to read.

When I started writing my five-part tribute to my departed brother, I wasn’t sure how it was going to be received because it was not your usual post adorned with hilarity nor one with pointers on how to have the best relationship around. I realize those are the most read ones. My feeling is that the world is sad enough without us going around looking for sad things to read, no? My tribute was inspired by a certain mother whose blog is sorely about the death of her teenage-son. How he was cremated… I will admit (while bowing my head in shame) that the most I did was read two posts. I was overwhelmed with emotion and I conveniently forgot the address to her blog. That was some sad shii, no kidding. A very big thank you to every one who followed the tribute. You are probably stronger than I am. Every little message of sympathy/empathy (as the case may be) that you sent my way, was received with immeasurable gratitude.

Now that the tribute is done, and it’s a new year, I thought to say hello to you and write something random, something chatty. I don’t want you cringing every time you see there is a new post from me and thinking, here we go again…it’s time to cry. This said in good jest πŸ™‚ So, I want to give a special shout out to you, who left a comment. That is not to say that I don’t appreciate you who read my blog quietly without leaving a mark… sniper mode, if you like πŸ™‚ I know there are some blogs I read and follow incognito. See? We are many.

My Tweeps

Most of my readers I believe are my tweeps friends from twitter. Hallo @nanciellah (she has the most amazing fashion blog ever!), @chiirah (kept asking me when I was going to start a blog), @wiselar (we broke our blorginity around the same time), @mackel9 (a faithful reader and fellow blogger), @boyfulani, @kenyansista (one of my very first readers, and she has an outstanding blog), @suetiful (I stalked her for days to show me what wordpress was all about), @kbaab (she did a post that mentioned my blog and I was so humbled-twas such a big deal), @supremegream (left a comment saying that I had it in me to blog, very encouraging), @savvykenya (she be BIG in the blogosphere), @wanjamajid (her blog is good things!), @nzembi (this girl is a genius- an architect), @kaggzie (she loves my hair :-p), @oture, @truthslinger (for the longest comments in town-full of insight, my blog wants to be his blog when it grows up), @wyndago, @siteiya (her mum is like my dad, telling us how much we should weigh), @sienna, @gracekays (another long time reader), @mrsmwiti (an amazing lady), @kawi (a superb blogger), @ItsnowRC (owner of this blog), @wakarima (I was so humbled the day I discovered I was on her blogroll), @saitonne (my awesome friend), @aoko, @distantspectator, @alffie (first guest-post on my blog), @gitts, @joliea (she done this blogging thang for mighty long), @akellove (she owns one of my favourite blogs plus she cool peoples), @nymmoh (my sweetheart), @just-era, @stevekitots (his photog blog is smashing!), @carolkmail and @magaribina (these are two AMAZING writers, when they read your blog, you know you might be doing something right πŸ™‚ ), @kalengi, @lamzana (hugs & kisses, dearest sweet one -she hates being told such things), (@bintiM (the day I saw her blog, I spent a whole morning reading it, she bad!), @MercyMaina (we shared a good cry), @skubi, @shaydest (did you finally figure how I think? πŸ™‚ ), @jamesquest (he hates my about-page, and he told me *sigh), @euphoricsecret (Dandara’s home-girl), my two precious dolls @switcheeks (she is always watching) and @violetotina, @Buggz79 (Amazing writer, and he encouraged me to blog by tagging me to his “Letter to my 13 year old self”), @nkirdizzle (she has 71000 plus mind invaders, astounding!), @MediaMK (if you haven’t read his blog, get out of town!), @greatrnk (I new reader, one with a HILARIOUS blog on relationships), @soul_fool (I believe she is the owner of lost-in-thought), @bellaellaella (you better have read, or else ;-)), @momoknows (she is fam). Special mention to @Blogs_Kenya for being the ever efficient blogville-hypeman.

My “Anonymous” Readers

These are the angels (yes, I said that) who God sent to my blog to encourage me. They randomly landed on my blog, read it, and left their finger-prints on it. Hallo there “Her”, “Pitzevans”, “Emy”, “Diana”, “Tito”, “Shuhhy”, “Maua”, “Secrets of a good looking girl”, “Nyambura” (your comments and hip language really really made my day lady), “Cesky Cess”, “Cuppatea”, “Irungu”, “The Spinster” (Girl, we should talk sometime, your story is one I can relate to. Enough said), “Jwanjiku”, “Wangeshee” (I insist, you are my mother’s namesake) and last but not least “Eve Hearts Photography” (Son! You should see the photos on this lady’s blog. Too good! Now that we are friends and everything, how about you… you know give me a photoshoot?).

Arm-twisteeez…

Read my blog or else…! These are my friends whose hands I have literally twisted for them to check out my blog. Sharrout to Nikittacole (My sister), Moe (my journalist friend and a girl I deeply admire), Tyra (and she is a hard one to arm-twist), BC (for the day she will read this, I still believe), Mwende (my long time friend, she sent a couple of her friends here as well), Sizzla and Vinnie. I would be a phony if the real people in my life weren’t reading my stuff, right? πŸ™‚

My Numero Uno

Rule No. 1, always save the best for last πŸ™‚ He has been with me through my entire blogging journey. He put a gun to my head and told me today (on the day I started blogging, duh!) you have to start blogging. I kid. I had wanted to start a blog for the longest time, but he *actually*made me start. He is the one person I have consulted on everything. For instance, the name of the blog (I had several names in mind, sijui “Editor’s Daughter” (now that I think of it, that name would never have flown). He owns my extra set of eyes. He reads my work, affirms it, critiques it and encourages me. For everything he has done for my blogging experience, plus doing the hardest job which is making me the happiest girl in the world, I say thank you. To quote Floetry in their song Closer, “Iss obvious I’m in-a-ya”. πŸ˜€

Disclaimer:

Please let me know if your name was erroneously omitted, and you are a reader of this blog and you have commented or given me feedback by way of commenting here, on twitter, or on email. Besides this is not the end, the list will only keep growing…

Right then… my reward to you my lovelies this new year is more blogs, interesting ones, and a whole lot of other nice surprises… so keep it locked.

Once again, from the bottom of my heart thank you for making me feel a *little* like a REAL-Pulitzer-Award-Winning writer. πŸ™‚

Yes, I just said that!

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  1. *yaay* I was reading waiting to see my name, if it was not there…tereng…war! jk. I love your blog, sharing that tribute shows you are really strong, keep on πŸ™‚

    • No way I was gonna forget u. Thank you once again.

  2. Thanks for the shout out! πŸ™‚

    ps…I’m a girl. πŸ™‚

    • magaribina
    • February 14th, 2011

    I had already plucked branches and writen placards, just in case my name was not here.:)

    This blog is fabulous and so are you ( and I’m not JUST saying that so I can get more mahari :P)

    • No way I was gonna leave you out! Alar. *rolls eyes* Love you Mag!

  3. Great thing you have going on here & all i ask is that you continue in the same vein.. God bless.

    • Forgive me for forgetting your name, but I remember you always asked me if I had started a blog as well. I am so glad,you stopped by here.

  4. Awesome, really good walking this way all the time. *keeping my comment shortest today*

    • Hey, I didn’t complain about the long comment. Hehehe.

  5. Great blog..great,superb and thanks for the shoutout..i appreciate that.and take time to read my blog too.

    • Many thanks. I stopped by your blog and was like ohhhkay. Some poem there should have been rated PG. Wheew! πŸ™‚

    • Kaggzie
    • February 14th, 2011

    Aaaaawwwwww:-):-):) *no more words*

    • Buggz79
    • February 14th, 2011

    Thank hon…as it is, I’m feeling extremely challenged to pick my keyboard up and start filling up the dead space that is my blog. I’ll look to committing to it in the near future.

    PS: Thanks for making @Lamzana squirm!

    • Glad you finally picked your keyboard and did something. We wait with baited breathe for the next one. Blessings!

  6. Always crack me up with the “losing of blog-ginity” but its been a worthwhile ride hasn’t it?
    Few hiccups and all but, mostly good.
    Let keep doing this.

    Cheers mami!

    • Lol. Well, blog lingo and stuff. Uhm… As I already told u, I related with your blog on the challenges of blogging. But we can do this… onwaryds upwards. Let’s go!

  7. Thank you for the mention and the kind words girl.
    Bigup for paying tribute to your readers too!
    It’s a challenge to all of us bloggers. Truth is, if no one was reading(or commenting!), we’d have stopped writing if not out of discouragement, out of boredom…

    • Welcome. I love your blog, one of those I read incognito. I shall improve on the commenting, coz it’s very encouraging when one sees who is reading.

  8. Thanks for the mention πŸ™‚

    Loved your tribute, and keep going πŸ™‚

  9. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. haha @Magaribina double cosign! Thanks babe :))) happy vals by the way!

    I read the tributes and the strength you have is amazing. God bless you for your big heart as well. xoxo!

    • Thanks for the vals wish. Sorry I am replying so late. I guess this is a good time as any to confess of my procrastinative ways πŸ™‚ xoxo

  11. Thanks for the mention. A blog comment is a great compliment. Keep up the good writing. Now you’re welcome to comment on mine πŸ™‚

    • We live and learn. I will try leave comments, every time I read. For starters, let me put you on my blog roll so that I can stop by often. Bless!

  12. Here’s to appreciating your appreciation πŸ™‚

    • shuhhy
    • February 14th, 2011

    thanks for the mention namesake.keep up with the good work might break my blogirnity… real soon*inspired* thumbs n toes up!!!!!

    • Lol. Ok dear. You do that soon, and let us know when you do.

  13. Keep banging posts kid. The world needs more writers and you are among it πŸ™‚

    • Is there a way I could favourite your comment? I am encouraged πŸ™‚

  14. I am one of those who did not expect my name to feature anywhere in your thank list, so I will say I am honoured.

    I just had to add: Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Hahaha. Oh well. Life is full of surprises, innit? πŸ™‚

  15. Aaaaaaaww!! Thanks swiri…

    blog-inity eh? pahhahaa!!

    • boyfulani
    • February 14th, 2011

    Thanks for the mention m’lady, Carolkmail said it: Keep banging ’em πŸ˜€

    And oh,

    (Some little self-promo here:
    I moved to my own domain: boyfulani.com
    See you there.

    And here.

  16. I take a bow. Thank you very much for the mention. I wish I could be blessed with your spirit to keep writing.

    • Look who has the spirit to keep writing? *bows head in shame* I am going to come up higher in my consistency and content as well. I aspire. Thanx once more!

    • nkirdizzle
    • February 14th, 2011

    Thank you for the mention, and for sharing with us in your blog, i am sure it may not have been easy.
    You will be surprised how fast you will reach that 71K πŸ™‚

  17. I got a mention! Thanks. I liked reading this πŸ™‚ big up.

  18. I’m honored girl, and it’s always fun dropping by here…keep on writing & win that Pulitzer. mob wendos

    • Nzembi
    • February 14th, 2011

    Cheers for the mention love. You called me a genius! Now watch my ego inflate! πŸ™‚

    • Eve Hearts Photography
    • February 14th, 2011

    You are hilarious! Totally out of this world! Thx for the shout out!!!
    So glad to join you in this journey of life!
    Keep blogging…. and be joyful!
    PS – I sent you an email on ur yahoo I believe…

    • The email comment was overtaken by events. So glad to connect with a wonderful person like you. And how our worlds are connected. Keep up the good job too!

    • suetiful
    • February 15th, 2011

    you didn’t stalk me πŸ™‚ you were so nice about it and you have come sssoooo far..havn’t caught up on a lot of the posts but will do so soon..thanks for the mention..here is to a thousand new posts filled with truth..xx

  19. I still have you as my one of my mentors and benchmark it was a good thing finding you and the journey is just beginning… Cheers Shekyn πŸ™‚

    • Mentor? Me? *looks around* People know how to flatter people, I tell you! πŸ™‚ Cheers Mackel. Let’s continue doing this…

    • Vincent W
    • February 15th, 2011

    Thats what i am talking about!! This girl is amazing in all ways…God bless you and keep it real.

    • Owww. Thanks Vincent for stopping by and reading. Barikiwa zaidi kabisa.

    • wangeshee
    • February 16th, 2011

    Was suprised to find my name pale pale.Glad i share a name with your mum.As for your blog,girl its simply amzing.

    • Just a littu token of appreciation πŸ™‚ Do you have a blog yourself, are you on twitter perhaps? My sincere gratitude.

  20. Thank you for the mention dear! πŸ™‚ Its been so long since I did proper blog rounds and I feel so bad missing out on this.
    Hope you’ve been great. XX

    • No sweat hun. One day, when you are free (read: idle) all those blogs will act as sources for entetainment. xoxo

    • nikittacole
    • March 16th, 2011

    Thanks for the shout out. It would have been arm twisting you to mention me πŸ™‚ Gotta admit I only read part one of the tribute. I don’t have the balls to go through to part V but someday I’ll grow a pair πŸ™‚ I think this is my favourite blog, it’s heartfelt. And I’m not just saying because we share parents. BIG UP!!

    • If you didn’t read this blog, dear tasis, it would be pointless. Don’t force yourself to read. I know, I can’t read that stuff myself πŸ™‚

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