It’s important to speak the things that remain unspoken… or rather, type the things that remain untyped.
When you comment on my blog, I see you and I appreciate you. I know it takes precious minutes out of your important day to scroll down the page, type in your information, and leave a message for me. I know that you don’t have to do this at all. I know that you could easily click over to Smitten Kitchen (which would be awesome), that you could click the other tab in your browser and continue watching Bachelor Pad on Hulu (because that’s totally what I would do), that you could go make yourself another cup of coffee (duh). Instead you take the time to say hello to me. That makes you amazing.
I see you, and I appreciate you. I read your comments from my phone first thing in the morning. I read your comments when I’m waiting in line at the grocery. When I’m at a restaurant and my companion has run to the restroom… I’m reading your comments. Truth is… I love you in a weird way. I think we’re friends. Other truth is… I try my hardest to respond to all of your questions and concerns in the comment section, and I’m not always the best at it. Just as a tip: I’m pretty stellar at responding to people on Twitter. That’s true. Despite my flaws, I am indebted to you.
I’m here to graciously offer my gratitude. I really do appreciate that you come here and take the time to let me know that you are, in fact, here. It really means so much to me. Without your comments… I’m kinda just a weird girl that makes too many cookies and talks to her cat. Thank you for making me more than that (although I’d be totally fine with being a cookie-maker-cat-speaker). I appreciate you, and I don’t take your presence for granted. I find you to be a blessing in my life.
And I feel I know you too! I write so you know I think you are special and so we get to know each other too!bless you cat speaker cookie maker
Let me just say, the feeling is mutual. We love you too.
And we are totally friends. This is a thing. You’ve given me advice when I turned 21 (many thanks for the lipstick & sunglasses tip), taught me how to bake an apple crisp that made my boyfriend’s mom love me, and you’ve shown me that growing up can be confusing and messy and fun and amazing. Thank you for all you do.
Lindsey @ Strawberry Kiwi Juice
Long-time reader, first-time commenter. I’m 19 and reading your blog and listening to your podcast has given me so much more perspective on my life. I’m starting to realize (slowly, please, I’m 19) that I have so much time in my life and all I have to do is follow my intuition and figure out what makes me happy. My best friend and I admire you in the same way we admire Ina (I went there and I don’t regret it) and you have been incredibly inpirational. I appreciate you.
Heidi @ Food Doodles
Aw, I love this. I feel like I should comment more often now ;)
I appreciate you and all of your lovely posts and beautiful photography. Thanks so much.
You’re the reason that I enjoy cooking, bloging and noooow commenting :) Thanks a lot for bringing joy to my life!!! (:
We’re developing an online sharing platform… AND i plan to use some of your recipes at our first sharing party! Soooo excited!!! :D
Kisses from a co-working space in Istanbul – in case you wonder more about this new friend – i’m following for more than 3 years but this may be my second comment, sorry (i feel you’ll forgive me)
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
Your welcome, It’s kind of a win-win as you produce amazing food then we leave a comment. Kinda like a tip jar!
Love your blog! Thank you for the inspirational writing, the laughs and the awesome recipes. xo
what katie's baking
just when i thought it wasn’t possible to love you even more. :)
Jeanette @ Mary's Pastry Lab
you are a blessing to me too. thanks Joy for making the internet a more wittier place =)
Hi! im soo in love with your blog.. keep on writing.. please visit my blog..
I’m not a regular reader of your blog,but I’m a huge baking fan and often I go searching the internet for new recipes and today I happened to revisit your blog and I have to say that this message is one of the sweetest and most sincere “thank you’s” I’ve seen,it really warmed my heart so I just couldn’t help clicking the reply button and telling you that,even though i hardly ever comment.
I just stumbled across your blog and read this post, you sound so sweet!
I love your layout and your photos that you put with your recipes, I’ve book marked your page and so will be returning when stuck for food ideas.
I’m a fan already! Keep up the good work :)
Great blog! Enjoy your humor!
I just gushed about you and your blog this past weekend to an aspiring food blogger, so I couldn’t think of a better time to actually gush about you on your own blog. :) Joy, I think you’re freakin’ awesome. I love how you’re so down to earth, are talented at what you do, and inspire me to get in my kitchen and concoct something as amazing as what your pictures look like. You’ve become my favorite blogger that I never tire of- you keep things interesting.. and more importantly you keep it real. You’re right. I really do feel like I already know you!
Anyhow, thank you for doing what you do. You & your recipes are very much appreciated!