Earlier today, someone created an account just to attack me. I was in the lobby of the YMCA when it was pointed out to me on IRC. For a while I was in shock, fighting back the tears so I didn't look silly crying there in public about something on the computer. I've been having a rough time with Drupal lately, feeling overwhelmed by all the people looking to me for help, not getting paid for a big chunk of my very limited freelancing, frustrations with trying to get my main site to Drupal 6. On top of it all, I had this crazy idea to write a book that is going much, much slower than I hoped. And then there was this forum post, there for all the world to see, telling me that almost every post I've written was "condensending and discouraging". Now I'm human like anyone else and I have my bad days. I'm sure I've had posts here and there that fit that description, especially when someone hits my pet peeve of not reading what I've taken the time to write before asking what's right there. But "almost every post"? I suddenly found myself questioning the hundreds (thousands?) of hours I've spent trying to help people over the last four years. If that's the sort of impression I was making, I figured it was time to move on.
But then a funny thing happened. That hurtful post gathered a few nice comments, and then more, and more, until I was overwhelmed with all the love pouring in. By the time I had a kid free moment to answer the post, there was over 30 responses! I went from being angry and hurt to blushing at the overflowing praise. I'm just one of many people in this community working to make it better. No one special; just a volunteer like many of you who takes some time to help those who aren't as far along. And yet the community stood up and made it clear that I do matter, that the work I've done here is important. We are a family, here, this Drupal community. And I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful family.
Thank you to all of you who came to cheer me up when I was feeling down. You've given me the push I needed to keep going.