Earlier today, as I was writing a response to a blog by enje25, I found myself thinking about all the hard work behind the scenes that is necessary to keep a place like CB operating as well and efficiently as it does. In addition to that, this is not a website where the owner sets things on auto-pilot and simply heads off into the sunset never to be seen again. In fact, the owner is always looking for ways to make this site better for us, it's members.
If you're like me, when you joined CB you probably envisioned there was some sort of "staff" manning the website round the clock. If you've been around awhile (I've been here since July 2007), you will soon discover that there is no "staff". We have something better than a "staff". We have John.
In the years that I have been a member of CB, I have watched John work tirelessly and make sacrifices to keep CB online. He puts in unbelievable hours making sure everything runs smoothly, dealing with problems and complaints and developing and testing new features. He also monitors the website to keep it a safe and friendly place. Those of you who have blogged at other sites know how quickly things can turn nasty if things aren't monitored... even on sites that are supposed to be "Christian-Friendly".
It is no secret that CB is a very special place for me for a very good reason. A few months after I became a member, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and was being treated for it for most of 2008. After surgery, I had dose dense chemotherapy which is a very aggressive treatment followed by radiation treatment. For about four months, I rarely ventured downstairs let alone outside my house. For the most part I went to treatment and I went to church. My world would have been extremely small if it had not been for CB. I was able to come here and pour my heart out as well as receive the support and prayers of friends...even in the dead of night.
When I had a ruptured brain aneurysm and stroke just two years later, a CB friend was contacted by my husband and numerous prayers on my behalf were posted. My family also received messages of support from CB friends who were able to contact them. I am very thankful for the prayers and encouragement I received even after I eventually returned home.
God has used CB as a way to introduce me to some very amazing people who I have been privileged to call not only friends but brothers and sisters in Christ. Some have moved on to new chapters in their lives but others remain. I am very thankful for them all.
As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it is easy to take things for granted. It is easy to forget to say thank you. Today I was reminded that while I have said it before, it has been awhile since I took the time to tell John thank you.
I know it has been very difficult for John at times. Especially when he must sometimes put up with a difficult member whose name I won't mention!
I know there are times when he has really struggled to keep things afloat over the years. I know there are times when he felt like simply giving up and yet he has persevered and continued on. I for one, am very glad you did so even though you hate all caps and multiple exclamation points, I would like to say...
I joined CB on August 25th of last year, 2012... it has been, and is, a tremendous blessing -- filled with so many nice people and so many wonderful writers from whom I learn such valuable spiritual insights. I love reading their blogs.
And I must say, that one thing that continues to bless and amaze me is the interest that John takes in making ChristianBlog the wonderful place it is. I appreciate how attractive he makes the forum, his inclusiveness of CB members by requesting our input on additions or changes he's considering, and I very much appreciate how he "monitors" CB... and does so with great tact.
[center]Thank you for sharing your "heartfelt" appreciation, K ... and I, too, want to say:[/center]
[center][b]THANK YOU JOHN[/b][/center]