Five hundred thousand pageviews. That’s half a million pageviews on Narcissism Meets Normalcy since it started in January 2016. I mean, I know some sites get a million hits every day. But hey! We’re talking half a mil without resorting to scandal or Kimmy K’s internet-breaking derriere.
Frankly, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I want to laugh because Narcissism Meets Normalcy has exceeded all expectations. But I also want to cry because there are so many thousands who’ve been touched and deeply wounded by narcissism.
A huge “thank you” to you, my readers. You have no idea how much you have helped me.
Your comments have validated me when I began drowning in denial.
Your strength has steeled my resolved to remain No Contact.
Your feedback has comforted me when I began to wonder what the heck!?!
Your stories have broken my heart and given me those wonderful “You too!?! I thought I was the only one!” moments.
Your ideas have inspired me to write articles about fresh topics from an interesting angle.
Your friendship, prayers and advice have salved the wounds life dealt me this year.
Every year has its own unique challenges and 2016 was no different.
We’ve all noticed how many celebrities have died this year. The deaths of Charmian Carr (Liesl in The Sound of Music) and Debby Reynolds hit me particularly hard. They were my (long-distance) friends that I’d never met. Four family members have also died in the last eighteen months, one of them on our wedding anniversary! It’s uncanny. I agree with the New Yorker’s Grim Reaper cartoon that said, ““Maybe cool it on the beloved celebrities for a bit.”
Foremost this year was the harrassment I received for writing this blog. Haters came outta the woodwork. Their attempts to shut me up and invalidate me backfired. They inspired me to write, providing blog material when I hit a dry spell. Their reactions were also the confirmation I needed. If narcissism wasn’t the truth, they wouldn’t have screamed so loudly.
I found it particularly fascinating when those I never named flew into a rage after reading an article they inspired. Basically, they raised their hands, took responsibility for their hitherto anonymous hanky-panky and railed against me when I merely alluded to their shenanigans. Wow!
But all in all, 2016 has been a good year and you, my readers, are one of the greatest blessings this year. You have become my new family.
Looking Forward to 2017
The topic of narcissism is a bottomless pit. There’s no end to the angles, facets and stories that feed this blog. As we ring in the new year, I look forward to hearing your stories and am open to topic suggestions. Just email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your friendship and readership in 2016. May God richly bless each and every one of you as we learn and heal together in 2017.
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