Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm honored and I'm grateful.

When I saw the sudden surge of new followers I thought, I guess a lot of people are passionate about Martha Stewart!

And then three words made it joyously clear what had happened:

Jumping up and down like a school girl, a smile spread across my face.

Last Friday my blog was given the prestigious honor of being included among the Blogs of Note! What exciting news!! I almost couldn't believe it!

Me! ME!!!

Oh my God.

Wait....let me express that a bit more adequately.

****Oh my fucking God!! Weeeeeheeeeee!!!****

At first I thought they made a mistake.

Why me? Why MY blog?

Blogging has allowed me to connect with some amazing people. I couldn't do any of it without all of you so I'm sharing this honor with EVERYONE, from the one-time visitors to the loyal supporters.

There were times where I thought life was going to swallow me whole. This blog gave me an outlet to express my pain and frustration and discoveries along the way. It has saved me on more than one occasion and I'm certain it will continue to do so.

When the world seems lonely and cruel, you all help me more than you know....and for that I'm honored and I'm grateful.


Sarahf said...

I found your blog because of the blogs of note. I'm happy to be a new reader. :D

Kristen's Paintings said...

Congratulations! That's great news. It's amazing what a little recognition will do. :)


Fantastic Dean!
Need a donut to celebrate.

Becca said...

Cool photo!

Aleksandra Sandstrom said...

Congratulations... I love your honesty and I love the way you respond to EVERYONE who comments. You definitely deserve it. :D

Karissa said...

= )

Dean Grey said...








You're making me hungry!



I'm glad you think so!



It's quite a challenge replying to EVERYONE'S comments especially when they come all at once!

I'm trying my best to keep up!





I appreciate all of you stopping by!


Anonymous said...

I can't think of anyone who deserves it more;) Congrats my friend.

Keith said...

I've really enjoyed reading your posts. Thanks for being honest and pretty darn vulnerable.

naturgesetz said...

You're welcome. And congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

congrats man, you are COOL!!!


jason said...

very cool!

n.lea. said...

Dean that is so awesome! and to think i found you the same day through next blog! I loved the title of your blog and the awesome way you expressed yourself. What a great thing.

I couldn't ever imagine being blog of note what a cool honor

Liz said...

I found your blog through Blogs of Note too. Yesterday I was browsing through your older posts as well, and reading your honesty and sincerity, and you passion for art. I can feel your disappointments, your loneliness and your frustrations. I love your writing, it's really so simple, and so....honest ! Your readers, myself included, can't help rooting for you !

And I must say, some of the sketches I saw from your Sketchbook, are really AWESOME !!!

Please do keep up the good work, and good writing. I will definitely come back :D

judith Westerfield said...

I NEVER read Blogs of Note, until just now. Your blog is excellent, your voice is authentic.

I have no training as you do in art but you echo my longing. So I too created a blog. I keep telling myself that if I spent the same time blogging doing art instead . . .

I do believe YOUR blog is an art form.
and my Dog Max says Wowf!

PIO Dinagat Islands said...

just touching

Sunshine on my window. said...

=) hey, i think that you're blog is amazing. And i found your blog via blogs of note as well.

SublimeHues said...

Congrats!!! You have a Great Blog!

~BB~ said...

I also found your blog through blog of note - and I am happy to say that I am a follower now! Your charisma spreads so well through your writing that when I read the post about how introverted and shy you were I could not believe it! So glad I found you!


Unknown said...

It couldn't have happened to a more deserving blogger. Merry Christmas!

Mr.eNt said...

congratulations bro,you are the best...:)

bK said...

That's awesome! Congrats! It's great to see a blog of note that really deserves to be among the Blogs of Note.

I'm not sure how I found your blog... It might have been through a mutual blog friend like Joey or something.

Tammy's Studio said...

I am both thankful to you for being so brave and sharing and encouraging all of us to open up and let it all out more... and I'm delighted that you received such an honor. You TRULY deserve it.


Sonnia J. Kemmer said...

I found your blog because of the Blogs of Note. I'm happy to be a new reader. I enjoy your writing.

K.C. said...

Congrats on the recognition Dean. :)

I found you randomly as I was seeking other bloggers that I could perhaps identify with. Fortunately, I found yours.

Certainly, it will help others that are also looking for people to identify with and find a certain escape in anecdotes.

Again, congrats and have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

I really, really like your blog! (and I also found it through blogs of note). You are very, very welcome.
also, I wish I could explore Chicago with you! I love photography and something tells me there is more to see than your amazing pictures can express.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

ONLY what you deserve, Dean. There you go! Fly!

BB said...

Congrats on BofN. I just read this post and wonder if something traumatic happened to you to make you this upset to be in groups of people? It's obvious you are a talented writer just on the few posts I've read.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Congratulations! That's awesome news! :)

AutumnBoy said...

Hot Damn Dean! That is awesome! Congrats man...


Erica@PLRH said...

I found you through Blog of Note too. What's not to love about glitter?

Randuwa said...

Dean ~ You miss-under-estimate yourself! Congratulations!

Dean Grey said...

David Waters!

Thank you, kind sir!



I appreciate you reading them!






You're cool too!



Isn't it though?



It must've been fate that you found me! LOL



Thanks for rooting for me!



Give Max a doggy-treat on my behalf!


PIO Dinagat Islands!

I'm glad you think so!


Sunshine on my window.!







I'm very shy, quiet, and introverted in real life! I guess it's safer to be myself here online, you know?



It feels like Christmas came early for me!






Thanks for supporting my blog all this time, Brody!



God bless you as well!



Thank you!



Isn't that how it works? We bump into other bloggers that we see a bit of ourselves in.



There's so much to see in Chicago!



I'm flying, Kelley!


Bouncin' Barb!

Well, I was harassed a bit in school. I know that stuck with me into adulthood.

I guess there's that small boy in me that's afraid of being picked on just for being me.


Meeko Fabulous!







Glitter rules!!



I know I do.


All of your supportive comments mean a lot!


Unknown said...

I found your blog through the blogs of note too! :)

Jimmy said...

Great job man!

WOL said...

See there? I told you, you were special.

Bill said...

Well shoot. Now your head is going to get all big and you'll forget all about us peons. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.

Nick said...

enjoyed strolling thru your blog, I will come back from time to time :)

Happy Frog and I said...

Congratulations to you on you BoN. Sorry I am a bit late to the party, I've just been coming to terms with being nominated myself. It's pretty hectic!

I really like what I have read so far on your blog so I shall definitely be signing up to follow. :-)

Kim Rempel said...

Your blog success is well-deserved! Congratulations Dean! Awesome : )

splink said...

I, on the other hand, found your blog because the name just popped into my head, and i thought, "I must see if this exists!"

OK, I found it through Blogs of Note.

Stephanie said...

I also found you through blogs of note, haha. You're truelly an amazing person, and I'm glad that you blog. You SHOULD feel honored and proud, because your posts are amazing. =]

Dean Grey said...


I'm glad to hear it!



Thank you!






I won't forget about all of you! LOL



Please do come back!


Happy Frog and I!

Better late than never, right?



So sweet of you to say!



Hahahaha, glad you found me!





Thanks to everyone for the kind words!


Anonymous said...

You do have a nice blog I hope that in the future mine can be on blogs of note.

Crescent Louise said...

I kinda like Martha Stewart, too, but I can here because of BON. Congrats and keep up the writing!

xxx C

martha miller said...


Dmarie said...

*chuckle* I can see why you made Blogs of Note. will be reading more...thx!

Dean Grey said...

Stance Coffee!

It may happen for your blog too one day!


Crescent Louise!

I shall keep up the writing!



xox back at ya!



Why thank you!


I appreciate hearing from all of you!


Unknown said...

A well after-the-fact, "Congrats," and I don't feel as bad about my "fuck" comments.

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