Now I will show off, so get ready. (Or just move on, I know it can be tiresome.)
See, it has come to my attention that a bunch of my readers are actually librarians. Not to mention all the other readers, who are very clearly book-loving sorts. All of which makes me feel ultra-cool, in a geeky sort of way.
Add to this, the extremely pleasant sorts of comments people leave here. You guys have been oh so helpful on the many, many We Recommends that we post here, and every nice comment that comes just makes me feel like the world is that much less of a cesspool than I thought.
And I somehow put those two thoughts together and came up with the idea that this blog, for me at least, is sort of like the library, if we can say that the internet as a whole is, let's say, middle school. The library/blog for me is a small safe place where the nerdy people are talking about Caddie Woodlawn and being quiet, while outside it people are raucously yelling at each other and dipping each others' heads in the toilet. You know, metaphorically.
I realize this is a very self-serving vision, but it feels true to me, and it's because of you readers, and I am endlessly grateful for it. So thank you for letting me be, at least in my mind, the metaphorical librarian, sitting at the table in the middle, while you guys sit quietly at the tables and share books.