The Golden Gift of Touching One Reader

By Milli Thornton

SOMETHING HAPPENED recently to remind me that touching even one reader has a value that cannot be measured. A reader on a recent post, A Week of Taking Action, said she was so inspired by what I’d written she was going to do an “Afternoon of Taking Action” starting right that very minute.

We started a comment exchange where I gave Terri some tips for how to do an effective To-Do list that she loved hearing. (She said she’d been making her lists too detailed and then losing interest in them part-way through.) Knowing how much Terri was wanting to whip some important To-Dos into shape, I knew how big this was for her. I felt happy that I could help.

This reminded me that touching a single person with my writing is just as worthy as touching hundreds or millions. Because it’s personal.

Thank you, Terri, for reminding me what’s important. Thank you to all my blog readers and to my regulars who’ve been with FoW for years. Every one of you is a GIFT, and I love your comments and enthusiasm!

A big Thank You to j of Zebra Sounds, who got this blog running on a schedule in 2011 and acted as blog manager for part of last year. (I would probably still be ambivalent about blogging if j had not taken those generous actions.) And thanks to Estrella Azul, who reminded me with her post Writing away a piece of my soul to allow my writing for this blog to become more personal.

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Milli Thornton is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at Screenwriting in the Boonies and Milliver’s Travels and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse.

6 Responses to The Golden Gift of Touching One Reader
  1. Estrella Azul
    January 31, 2012 | 5:33 AM

    Oh, Milli. Thank YOU! You were “my Terri” quite a few times, and it made/makes me so happy to know that!

    Being more personal is good, even though I, personally, have a knack for writing about something and yet not writing about it, saying things I’m not saying, and so on πŸ˜‰

  2. Lois
    January 31, 2012 | 9:30 AM

    I need to learn to be more personal in my blogging, too–and to blog more often!

    Thanks for being here, Milli! You’ve been a real inspiration. πŸ™‚

  3. j
    January 31, 2012 | 11:30 AM

    Well, thank YOU for giving me the opportunity to jump in. I learned a lot co-managing this blog, and you are nothing if not inspirational, my friend.

  4. Terri
    January 31, 2012 | 3:46 PM

    This touches me deeply, Milli. I am glad it meant so much to you.

    I am reaping benefits for the new way of writing lists that you taught me. In fact, I now have a list (using your format) of stories I want to write. Having a list like this is much more effective than whirling them around in my head.

    Thanks, your story means a lot to me!

  5. Patrick Ross
    Twitter: patrickrwrites
    January 31, 2012 | 3:52 PM

    Kudos, Milli! I find you inspirational, so it’s no surprise others have as well.

  6. Square-Peg Karen
    Twitter: SquarePegKaren
    January 31, 2012 | 7:28 PM

    This is so touching, Milli – such an important reminder. And your post makes me smile BIG because it’s so full of energy and gratitude (your picture is full of energy too – love it!).

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