When I started this blog I didn’t quite know what to expect. I guess that’s the same for everyone.
I guess, at first, I hoped that my family and perhaps a few friends would read it and like it. In the back of my mind, if I’m honest, I hoped that maybe a stranger or two might just read my posts and enjoy them. For me that felt like the ultimate success. I still remember the first ‘stranger’ commenting. I ran around the house shrieking, I was that excited.
Now I have over 1000 followers and I hardly know any of them personally. It’s a massive compliment.
But the hugest surprise of all is the new friendships that I’ve made. I can’t even begin to tell you how important you fellow bloggers have become to me. I think about you and your problems. You make me laugh out loud with your comments and your own posts. I learn from you. I rejoice at your achievements and feel sad when things go wrong in your lives.
Some of you have become Facebook buddies. Others like to email. A few of you have even sent me thoughtful gifts which have meant the world to me.
The blogosphere is a truly incredible world to be a part of. And I thank you all for every contribution.
One blogger who truly stood out for me was Dianne of Schmidleysscribblins. She regularly commented on my blog and I loved to read hers. She was smart and funny. Passionate about plants, politics and her family.
Sadly on the 24th of March, 2017 Dianne passed away.
I am filled with great sadness. She was a truly awesome, inspirational lady. And I for one, will miss her greatly.
Today would have been her 75th birthday. Her daughter has written a beautiful eulogy for her and posted it on Dianne’s blog here.
Dianne inspired me with her love of her garden. Finally, I managed to grow some kind of lily. It only bloomed for a couple of days, but it did bloom!!
This is for you Dianne, with love.