Thankful Thoughts

Today is a day for giving thanks, and I would be remiss without taking a moment to count my blessings. Running Nerdy Girl Notes continues to fill me with joy, pride, and a deep sense of purpose every day, and I am so thankful to have a place to express my thoughts and feelings about the media I love so much.

More than anything, though, I am thankful for all of the people who help make NGN something to be proud of. Sometimes, I look at other websites and am saddened by the negativity and nastiness found in the dialogue between fans. So I am incredibly grateful that NGN has become a place where people can engage in intelligent discussions that are conducted with respect for all opinions. I can’t even begin to describe how happy it makes me to watch this website grow into a place known for its positivity—because there’s already enough negativity in the world, don’t you think?

NGN is a reflection of the people who visit this site every day. I’m so thankful for each and every reader and commenter—your readership, your insight, and your passion inspire me to continue to make NGN the best it can be. And they inspire me to be a more positive person myself.

I’m thankful for every Tweet, Facebook Like, Tumblr post, and message board mention about NGN. I’m floored with gratitude when I think of how much love has been sent NGN’s way since this site began, and I appreciate everyone who visits this site and takes the time to talk so enthusiastically about it (and even make gorgeous things on Tumblr with my writing as inspirations—don’t think your beautiful work has gone unnoticed).

I’m especially grateful for all of my incredibly kind, supportive, and talented contributors. I feel blessed to be able to call you not only my cohorts but also my friends. I was lucky enough to spend time with both Leah and Heather (along with my graphic designer Nikki and fellow blogger/frequent NGN commenter Kelly) in New York City a couple of weeks ago, and I would like to take this moment to say they are even lovelier in person than they appear to be through their writing. On this day of giving thanks, I feel forever indebted to the Internet for allowing me to form some of the most inspiring friendships I’ve ever had.

I hope all of you who celebrate this day have the happiest of Thanksgivings. And even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, I wish all of you a day—and a season—filled with warmth, love, and an abundance of things to be thankful for.

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12 thoughts on “Thankful Thoughts

  1. I am so thankful I recently found NGN! As you mentioned, there are so many places online now that are filled with hate and negativity, its so refreshing and fulfilling to come here and have an intelligent conversation about the geeky things I love! Happy Thanksgiving Katie!

    • Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Shauna! I’m so happy you found NGN too because your comments are always so thoughtful and articulate. It’s always a pleasure reading your thoughts!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Katie, and thank you for the pleasure you bring to your followers with NGN. We appreciate the time and effort that goes into every one of your thoughtful posts! And I’d like to second Shauna’s sentiment and thank you for your honesty and positivity…such a rare quality in the barren landscape of the internet these days!

  3. Thanks Katie for your reviews! After each episode of my favorite TV shows and movies – lately that was your article on Catching Fire that I really liked – I am always looking forward for your reviews and the gifs you find with them.
    I enjoy the dialogue after each of them and I definitely agree with you when it comes to the negativity you can find in some other websites – this is a pity but at least I know that I will find great comments from passionate people in your blog and that is why I enjoy it so much.
    Thanks a lot and happy thanksgiving to you.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Charlotte! I’m so happy you enjoyed my Catching Fire review—I’m hoping to have some more posts about The Hunger Games soon, too! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Katie!! So glad I found your blog post last year about music on TV shows, realized you were an Alias fan, and proceeded to comment on everything you ever do. I think that worked out pretty well 🙂
    Happy happy Thanksgiving, friend!

  5. Hi Katie
    I’ve written elsewhere about the amazing community you have developed here and the others above me have reiterated my feelings. Happy holidays to you, and yours.

    BTW if you need something to do over the holidays and you haven’t watched Fringe I would recommend it, and for a total nerd feast try Farscape.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Mark, on this post and on so many of my others. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones too!

      And I’ve always heard good things about Fringe, so your recommendation just pushed it up my to-watch list!

  6. Late to the game but I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and that this holiday season continues to be a great one. You should be very proud of the community you have built here. It’s infectious because it comes from a place of positive adoration. Your posts are always grounded in sincerity and I believe that is what we all feed off of and engages the dialogue that happens around the shows we love. It very much reminds me of my ‘Broadway stage door’ days, where I found a similar community of friends who shared my love and passion for theater and always came from a place of admiration, even when we didn’t like what we saw or disagreed about it. That is a rare thing to find online these days and you’ve crafted a setting that not allows it to flourish. It is a joy to read and post here and I look forward to your reviews each week. I am very grateful to have found this community as I said from a retweet by Terri Miller. When I clicked in I was eager to find a thoughtful fellow Castle fan only to discover a true kindred spirit. That was the best surprise of all.

    • “When I clicked in I was eager to find a thoughtful fellow Castle fan only to discover a true kindred spirit. That was the best surprise of all.” – I’m not tearing up; there’s just some dust in my eye. 😉

      I’m so thankful for not only your wonderful insight but also your kind words and support—not just for me but for all of your fellow commenters. I feel honored to think that you connect with the sincerity in my writing because sincerity is a trait that I hold incredibly dear to my heart. Everything I write comes from a place of genuine love for what I’m writing about—even when I don’t always like an episode, a writing choice, or a character. It makes me happy to think that this site can give you the same feeling as your stage door days did because, having just experienced that stage door atmosphere myself a couple of weeks ago, it’s a wonderful feeling being around people who are enthusiastic and passionate about similar things.

      I hope you and yours also had a wonderful holiday and continue to have a beautiful holiday season!

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