Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cyber Cooperation and Community by 
Gerria Johnson

In the next couple of weeks, our eyes and ears will be flooded with images and words of gratefulness and thanksgiving. Television, radio, internet – all of these places will be overflowing with messages of thanks and, of course, the obligatory images of dinner tables full of turkey, stuffing, and other good foods. Some of my online friends have even gotten an early start by posting things they are grateful for daily on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

In the midst of this surge of gratitude, I have seen lots of posts and comments that mention things that I agree with and am thankful for myself. However, my most profound discovery has been that more than the things that are mentioned, I am most grateful for the people doing the posting. How boring my day would be without the inspirational quotes, cute pictures of family and funny jokes that constantly stream by my eyes as I write and promote each day!

On an even deeper level, consider how many people on our various lists of friends, fans, and followers that we don’t even know, yet the spirit of community and cooperation among us is just as real as if we all lived on the same street, in the same neighborhood. Retweets, shares, and shout outs become a part of our normal routine, but in this flurry of shared words, I remember that not one of these people is obligated to support me in any way. It is truly a gift from God to have such meaningful connections to virtual “strangers” and for this I am grateful.    

The WoMen's Literary Cafe is very thankful for all of the support from bloggers, reviewers, and readers during the Come Back To Me book launch and 99 cent event. 

As a thank you, we are giving away GE Johnson's book Love& Wrath: The Beginning for free today only. To win your copy just leave a comment with your email address and I can provide a smashwords coupon code for yours to enjoy the book for free!  

I am excited to start reading this book today!


James said...

Nice post. I am grateful to you for all the work and support you gave me during the launch.

Write on!

J. A. Bennett said...

Well said! Couldn't agree more!

author.jabennett @ gmail . com

Christine said...
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Christine said...

I so agree even when posts takes my attention from where it should be. lol Lovely thoughts. :)

Laurie Carlson said...

Nice post! There is Gratitude everywhere we look, isn't there! The more we think about it, the more people we think we should thank! This was a GREAT one! I never thought of the Posters, and I post myself! Duh! It does take time and effort! Some people can come up with some pretty GREAT posts, too! Thank you, Posters! And, thank YOU for participating in this blog hop!
Laurie Carlson
laurieisreading at gmail dot com

zencherry said...

I completely agree Gerria.

With every one of my twitter friends I feel a sense of community and connection that, quite frankly, is a new type of spirit. The one that shows that people are, (for the most part except for that guy in the Subaru that flips me off -ha!), good.

I'm @zencherry on Twitter. Would love to add you to my feed.

hovermale (at) insightbb (dot) com and thank you. Looking forward to your reading your book!

Sheila Deeth said...

A lovely post. Thank you. And today I'm definitely feeling thankful for internet friends.

sheiladeeth at hotmail dot com

Carrie Green, said...

G.E. Thanks for your inspiring words. I'm also thankful for a free book, I can not wait to start reading Love & Wrath! AdvancedPR @ Gmail dot com. said...

What a delight! Gerri, your writing is as welcome as a ray of sunshine after weeks of drizzle, a gentle breeze on a hot day. Thanks for sharing your hit on gratitude. So looking forward to reading your book!

Donna said...

Great post. I am a new GFC follower. Hope you'll follow back. Donna

mylife.onestoryatatime at

Tia Bach said...

What a lovely post, everything I would expect from such a lovely individual. I've loved getting to know you on Twitter and would love to read your book!

etjrbach (at) yahoo (dot) com

Cristina said...

Thank you so much for a beautiful post. I agree with you that among what we should be grateful for are the people we come across in our daily lives, including the "virtual" folks we meet in online communities, like WoMen's Literary Cafe. I can't wait to get my copy so I can start reading.

My email is

LizzieBeth said...

Lovely post. Enjoyed it very much and very much agree we should be grateful for those we come across with daily.

Janet said...

Thank you so much for participating in this event. I would love to read this!!

Kari Boardman said...

Very nice post! I look forward to reading your book.

G.E. Johnson said...

Thank you so much Kristin and to everyone who stopped by. I hope you enjoyed the blog hop as much as we did and I hope you enjoy the book!

Kritter said...

Thank you so much for all of your comments, this was a great blog hop. It was so great to hear everyone's words on gratitude, just one week away from a day of Thanksgiving!

Lmbrunken said...

Thanks for this wonderful chance. This has got to be a favorite hop!

Lmbrunken at gmail dot com

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