Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thank you to the Gymternet

It's nearly the end of 2012, which means it's time to reflect on the year that has passed. At least to reflect on things I hadn't considered when I was busy reflecting over the Jewish New Year. Or the new year for trees.

One of the things that has enriched my life over the past year has been the Gymternet. While I have been blogging here for about five years and have lurked on message boards for longer, I never really spoke or wrote to anyone directly. And while I've had a Twitter account for a couple of years, I barely used it or paid attention to it. (I only got a smartphone--my first ever--a month ago.)

But that was until the months leading up until the 2012 Olympics. As I wrote more articles about the sport in mainstream publications, I was thrilled when other fans and bloggers started reaching out to me on Twitter and in other online settings. For the first time, I had the chance to dissect the sport with folks as crazy as I am. I've even met some of these folks in person--such as the accomplished Blythe Lawrence of the Gymnastics Examiner and Lauren Hopkins of the Couch Gymnast.

I know the gymternet can be a nasty place at times, like any other virtual online space. And I know that the response to my articles and book has not necessarily be uniformly positive. But in 2012, the Gymternet has given me the warm fuzzies.

It's taken 29 years, but I've finally found my "people" and they aren't Jews. 


Wazi said...

That last line about finding your people was really cute. Thanks for all the work you do providing us with insightful gymnastics commentary!

Dvora Meyers said...

Thanks! It's been fun.

Lauren said...

So - I have a feeling this will sound creepy - but I loved your book and I follow you on Twitter, and I just discovered that you have a blog and squealed with joy. I should write an Amazon review for your book because I loved it. It's nice to read a gymnastics memoir that sounds like my own life and not one that's written about my life in a parallel universe in which I go to the Olympics. I promise I'm not actually this creepy, I just think you're awesome.

Dvora Meyers said...

Lauren, not at all creepy. You just made me blush hard (but in a good way). What a wonderful comment to read before starting a new year.

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I really envisioned it as a love letter to fans like myself. Most of us just really love the sport. (Besides, I was sort of dissatisfied with many of the gym memoirs I had been reading from elites so I decided to chime in with some of my own.)

Happy New Year!