I Take You Warmly by the Hand, and Thank You

The post this week isn’t about any particular gallery or artist or moment of art. Instead, I wanted to take the time to say thank you to all of you out there who have helped make the [b]racket blog worth writing. I’m leaving Korea this weekend, so weekly posts about art in the city will no longer be something I can accomplish without the aid of teleportation (which I have been working on, but have yet to perfect). The role of [b]racket’s digital editor will pass to Lisa Highfill, who, I can tell you, has some awesome things in store for your digital future.

But, before stepping boldly toward that future, I wanted to share something with all of you. This:

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This is part of our stats page from the [b]racket blog. Do you see those blue columns getting bigger and bigger? That’s you. Those are the numbers of views our blog gets. And that number just keeps growing. In October 2012, we had a few more than 300 views. In October 2013, we had just under 2,000 views. TWO THOUSAND! You guys, that’s a lot. A whole lot. And do you see how many views we’ve had total? Over 10,000. So many zeros! Those circles are the circles of your eyeballs looking at each post we’ve shared. So many eyeballs!

When I started writing for [b]racket, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing. I loved art, loved writing, and loved sharing art with anyone who would listen. Jess, Chris, and Sharon - [b]racket’s editor in chief, design editor, and words editor respectively - seemed to trust that either I did know what to do, or that I would figure it out. And so they let me take over [b]racket’s corner of the blogosphere. It’s been way more awesome than I could have anticipated. The [b]racket blog has gotten me off my ass and walking in pursuit of art. Art is now a daily part of my life: I am always thinking about the next post I want to make, or stopping in a local gallery to see the current show. And I want it to stay that way. I’m honestly not sure if I’m doing it right even still. But, thanks to you great people of the world who read what I write with increasing consistency, I think I’m on the right track.

So thank you, guys. Really, thank you. If I could meet each of you in person and bearhug you with my wee lady-arms, I would. A blog without an audience is nothing. You have helped make [b]racket online something - something seriously awesome.

Keep on coming back. Art and [b]racket will be here when you do.

~ Kita Mendolia