You probably wouldn’t recognize me standing next to you in an American grocery store, but people in third world countries know who I am…

I don’t have a ton of followers, but I do have a lot of readers. Most of my readers are in the United States, but many are scattered all over the planet in many places I’ll never visit and in some places I’ve never even heard of. At the time I wrote this, I’ve had readers in 63 different countries and counting.

When I first started writing, I never imagined I would have a global reach. I never would have thought someone in such far away places would care what I have to say (well, maybe they don’t), but at least they look at it. Someone in these places read my name and saw my picture. I was in their thoughts, even if just for a fleeting moment.

I really don’t understand what someone in Uganda or Bangladesh sees in my twisted US humor, but I love that they read my stuff. I may not be a famous celebrity, but knowing someone took time out of their life to look at my work, regardless of where they are, is actually an honor. Whether they like it or not is a different story, but the mere fact that someone in these places knows who I am because of my writing is pretty neat.

If you’re actually reading this, it means YOU have now taken a moment out of whatever it is you were doing to look at something I wrote. My thoughts are now in your head… That’s the amazing power of being a writer. You have to admit, that’s pretty darn cool.

My words may not change the world, but they do make the world a little smaller.

If you’re a writer, keep doing what you do, because it really does make a difference, even if in just the smallest of ways.

Thank you for bringing me into your world.

~ Marty ~