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A Love Letter to My Medium Peeps

A few months ago I began receiving mailings from Medium.com. At first I paid no attention. Then I began reading some of the stories. It struck me that I had something to add, being an author and journalist. In short order I’d joined and had begun to write for Medium with the same fervor I’d been practicing the short form on Linked In. Some 500 articles’ worth in fact.

Here is what I appreciate so much about all of you, Dear Readers:

With rare exception, your comments are Insightful, thoughtful, and entertaining.

Those of you who have been kind enough to correct me on a misquote or a fake meme have,with rare exception, done so with courtesy and regard, complete with links where I can see my errors. I am deeply grateful for this, and I take those suggestions seriously. Like anyone else who wants to write well it’s embarrassing as hell to use bad information, and when you offer up a kind correction, I am highly motivated to correct this.

I have often learned a great deal from your considered responses, which is a boon, as there are so many perspectives. Each one is valuable, and the joy of it is that it makes me look at my thinking process through, as Proust wrote, new eyes. That is priceless.

Some of you offer polite disagreements, and it is in the way that that is done that I appreciate the most. These disagreements offer up a chance both to learn and to step on the other side of an issue. We may not end up agreeing, but the now all-too- rare practice of courteous discourse on what can be contentious issues is precious indeed. I value the exchange, the conversation, and in all ways the respectful way disagreements are offered. This allows me the practice of ensuring that I honor those viewpoints, keep people whole, and validate each of our sacred rights to have a unique take on any issue.

I sincerely appreciate your kind comments that are buoying and uplifting. They inspire me to write at my best. It’s nice to get paid, but it’s even more important to be able to elicit laugh, a snort, or a memory that has meaning. I don’t seek full agreement, I love polite and respectful dialogue and exchange. The rare times it has been otherwise, you take in stride.

Finally, after far too much time on Facebook and little to no dialogue on Linked in, Medium.com strikes me as a genuinely supportive responsible community. It’s a joy to write here, and I wish to thank each and every one of you who has done me the high honor of reading my articles, commenting, inviting me to grow and consider and think, and ultimately, want to be a better writer.

I look forward to much more.

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