This is my 100th post! In honor, I thought about listing 100 things that make gluten-free life worth living—but I couldn’t narrow it down. I considered 100 things worse than celiac disease—but after jotting down “cancer, earthquakes, and loneliness,” I decided it was a bit of a downer. Instead of listing, I wound up reminiscing.
When I penned my original farewell to gluten, I wasn’t sure where this blog would go. I wondered whether I’d have enough to say, or stay interested enough to keep it up. There have been times when I’ve slowed down, and times when I’ve thought about quitting. But something always draws my fingers back to the keyboard.
Before I started, I said to my sister, “I think I’m going to start a blog about book characters who have celiac.”
“That won’t be a very long blog,” she said.
I’ve learned a lot about myself, health, science, writing, community, social media, and obviously gluten. It’s been great.
But what’s even better is the support I’ve received from all of you.
You’ve advised me on eating out, revealed your doctor horror stories, cheered me on when my results came back, shared your grocery shopping adventures, helped me write a letter to my doctor, and indulged me when I wondered whether packing peanuts have gluten.
Many of you maintain blogs of your own (which I follow), and that you take the time to comment on mine is nothing less than thrilling.
At this 100th post, I want to recognize you for all you’ve done to get me to where I am—as a writer, as a “celiac,” as a person. Thank you.
In return, I want to be sure I’m giving you the best I’ve got. I’m taking my cues from primetime TV and the POTUS: 100 episodes is the point at which a show is traditionally considered for syndication, and 100 days into each term is a time to assess the Prezzie’s achievement thus far.
So what I want to ask you is: how am I doing?
– What do you like the most? What can I do better? If you’re new, what would convince you to stay?
– Do you hate that my links to outside sites always open in a different window?
– Do you have any trouble navigating? Do you read on your phone, and does it look OK?
– Do you want to work together on a post, series of posts, or another project entirely? I’d love to.
Thank you again for your inspiration, advice, humor, knowledge, and support. I hope I’ll see you back for post #101.