An open letter to Google+: I couldn’t have done it without ya.

This post originally appeared on Google+. It can be found here.

Bear with me everyone, as this’ll probably come off like a long, confusing jumble of words, but it’s something I really want to say.

When there were murmurs of Google launching their own social network, I was pretty excited. I’ve been an avid Google and Android fan for years, and the idea of Google trying to tango with the likes of Facebook and Twitter was more than I could handle.

When Google+ first launched, it was clunky in places, but still innovative, and despite some of those features being ‘borrowed’ by Facebook, I still thought Google+ was the better network.

Because of my position as an Android blogger, I was fortunate enough to be exposed to a lot of Android diehards, especially at Google+’s inception. I was also introduced to other big players in the Android and tech circles, and without Google+, I probably never would have met them.

Fast forward to today. I’m the proud owner of a laser engraving machine, and have finally realized my dream of starting up my little business, +Android Etch.

I raised most of the funds for this through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, but it was in large part shared and supported by my friends that I’ve met here on Google+.

After I purchased said machine, got everything up and running, and fulfilled my preorders, again, it was the people on Google+ (and no where else, really!), that have continued to help spread the word about +Android Etch.

Case in point: I shared a status about reaching 400 +1s yesterday, and how grateful I was. Now, a mere 24 hours later, I have 500 +1s. Why? I don’t know. But there’s a community here, and that’s a really cool thing.

To everyone who has contributed to making my dream come true, either through preorders, purchasing a product after I launched the store, or simply sharing a status, I thank you.

To all the naysayers (I know you’re out there somewhere!), who insist that Google+ is a ghost down, I’d beg to differ. I’ve met so many wonderful people on here that have gone above and beyond to help me make a silly dream come true, that there’s certainly more than tumbleweeds here.

Most importantly, thanks to my family (who I’m not sure would want to be tagged in this post), and to a few friends who have really helped spread the word and supported me from day one: +Derek Ross, +Aaron Kasten, and +Jody Barnes. I couldn’t have done it without y’all.

Google+ is a really special, cool, community, and I just felt compelled to say that, out loud, after everything it’s done for me.

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