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End-of-Year Gratitude

End-of-year gratitude

Do I say thank you enough?

Every time I get a new comment, every time I get a nice email or a tweet or a post from a follower, it makes me smile. Thank you.

And the messages that really make my day are the ones from people who tell me how my blog has inspired them in some way. When Garden Betty began as my personal diary last year, I had no idea how much of a reach my site would actually have. A few gardeners trickled in… then fellow adventurers and travelers… then people who just popped in because they love life as much as I do — all of them unknown to me, aside from a screen name and a headshot. And the things that these kind strangers wrote were incredibly uplifting and beautiful. Thank you.

When I look over my site stats and discover where some of them came from, I’m stunned. Morocco… South Africa… India… Nicaragua… England… Germany… Australia… New Zealand… the list goes on and on. I don’t know how they all find me, but I’m beyond thrilled that Garden Betty is global! Thank you.

Throughout the year I save my favorite emails and tweets because they inspire me. Reading them on a rainy day motivates me to keep sharing and writing more and better content. And though I may never meet most of my followers in person, I’m grateful that something so simple as a blog can shorten the distances between all these virtual friends and me.

I have enjoyed getting to know some of you, and look forward to meeting many more in the next year. Thanks so much for hangin’ out!

Some of my favorite tweets from this last year

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »


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    December 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I am reading you since about 8 monthes and always eagerly look forward to the next one. it is with so much information and beautiful phoeos and love to read your blog.
    happy new year to you. regds,  poornima

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      January 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you so much for the nice comments! I hope you have a beautiful New Year too!


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