I know Thanksgiving isn’t until next week for those of us living in the U.S., but posting on the holiday itself is never very convenient—even if it does always fall on a Fangirl Thursday. Besides, you shouldn’t have to limit your expressions of gratitude to one turkey-stuffed day each year. And I have far more than a week’s worth of things to be thankful for anyway.
I write the words “thank you” a lot. I write them so much that—to some—they might seem like meaningless filler or something I just say to say something. But I hope you know those words have never lost their weight for me—no matter how many times I write them. I write them so much because hardly a day goes by (and sometimes hardly a minutes goes by) without me experiencing a rush of gratitude. I mean those words with all my heart every single time I write them. Thank you.
I’ve always said that running NGN is a labor of love, and I’m thankful for both the labor and the love. I’m thankful that it is challenging and scary and exhausting sometimes to run this site. Because that’s when I know it matters—when it’s more than just some writing I do for fun. And it’s those moments that remind me to always look for the love, to look for the reasons I started NGN in the first place. And I always find those reasons. I always find that love. And I am so grateful that something I love so much and care so deeply about has become something other people love and care about, too. My writing goal is always to make people feel less alone in their intense love for the things they care about. And it turns out that’s exactly what all of you who visit NGN are doing for me.
I want to thank all of you who show your support for me and for NGN as a whole through your comments, your Tweets, your Tumblr posts and reblogs, and your message board shout-outs. When I thank you for those things, know that I’m doing so with the utmost sincerity (usually while holding my hands over my heart and smiling, or even crying if it’s one of those days). When I first started NGN, I never expected people to embrace it the way so many of you have.
And in embracing the spirit of NGN—a spirit of positivity, enthusiasm, and love—you’ve created a family, a little Internet home for people who want to experience the collective joy of fandom together. For as much as I say NGN is mine, it’s also yours. You’re the ones who make it a welcoming place for your fellow fans. You’re the ones who keep me writing when I get discouraged. You’re the ones who support me and each other in a way that has reminded many (myself included) that fandom can be a place of light and love at a time in our lives when we need it the most. Thank you for inspiring me, encouraging me, and challenging me. It’s always my deepest wish that my writing can give you the happiness you give me.
I’m so grateful to have the best and brightest commenters on the Internet. I’m also so grateful to have the most insightful, passionate, and kind contributing writers. And—just to get sappy for a second—I’m so lucky to have a friend who not only helps me run NGN when I need it but is the most incredible source of moral support anyone could ever find. Without Heather there would be no NGN—or at least not the NGN that exists today. As we celebrate giving thanks, I’m so thankful for all the friends I’ve made through this little pink website, starting with my beautiful tropical fish.
I have so many things to be thankful for this year as a fangirl: the amazing experiences I’ve had (from Star Wars Weekends to NYCC), the outpouring of support and participation I’ve received already for my book, the amazing media I’ve consumed and the ways that media has changed me for the better, and—of course—you, my incredible NGN readers. Thank you for believing in my quest to make fandom a little bit brighter. Thank you for your infectious enthusiasm, your insight, and your unfailing kindness to me and to your fellow fans. And thanks for being the best and most beautiful group of nerds I could ever hope to be a part of.
I’m sure I’ll be posting again before the holiday, but I want to wish all of you who celebrate it the happiest of Thanksgivings. And even if you don’t, I want to wish you a day and a season filled with things to be thankful for and time to sit back and count your blessings.