As I’m sure all of you know, Word Press issues an annual report. When I began this blog in October, 2010 I was unaware of that. And I was equally unaware of that at the end of that year. The blog had attracted so few visitors that I was not even awarded an “Un-honorable mention”.
This year was a little different. I received notification comparing the number of “hits” to the European Principality of Liechtenstein. As you may be aware, Liechtenstein is the third smallest political entity in Europe, Vatican City being the smallest followed by the the Principality of Monaco. In case you didn’t know, Liechtenstein has issued some of the most wonderfully artistic stamps that have ever been printed.
There are times when I put my heart and soul into a post and there were few responses. I would be dishonest to say that I didn’t find that discouraging, because I did.
I have always been an admirer of the Impressionist school of painting. Had it not been for Ambrose Vollard, one of the most important art dealers in Paris, the works of Matisse and Monet, Cezanne and Camille Pissarro might have been years later in gaining the acclaim that they so richly deserve. Vollard worked diligently to promote these artists, among many others. He had a vision.
Like Vollard, I have a vision. I believe that there is a better world that we can achieve through compassion and co-operation and courtesy. I also know that I cannot convince anyone else to engage in my three “C’s” unless I exhibit them in my own life.
You may not realize how important each of you who has taken the time to stop by and comment or hit the “Like” button is in that effort. But I do. Without your support, I probably would have long ago abandoned this blog. I realize that you are a limited audience – but I accept that I am not writing for or being read by the mass of humanity.
I also recognize that I will never enjoy the popularity of those who would enjoy reading about the latest indiscretion of someone who is currently in the limelight of pop culture. And I’m fine with that. To abandon principle in favor of that which is momentarily in vogue is to abandon truth and values and reason. And I hope that I never succumb to that low level of despair.
And if I should maintain my standards, as unimportant as those might be to the mass audience, it is only because of the support that I have received from you, my loyal readers.
And for that support, I wholeheartedly want to say, “Thank you”.