Humble Gratitude

IMG_8203How fitting that in this week of Thanksgiving, I have reached a major blog milestone: 1,000 followers!


I am humbled and grateful that 1,000 of you have found something here worthy of following.

When I first started this blog over three years ago, my goal was to provide gardening content, along with photos of nature’s inspirational beauty. In the early days, a new follower was a cause for great celebration โ€“ a thrill of validation!

Sure, I felt twinges of envy for those who started blogging after I did, quickly racking up huge numbers of followers. “Wow, 1,200 followers in three months!”ย As tempting as ego-boosting stats were, they were not my priority. I was determined to produce my best work and not seek numbers that genuinely did not reflect my earning them.

Soon, of course, I realized blogging is much more than what one posts. It involves ‘meeting’ other like-minded souls, being inspired by their creativity and humanity. Over time, the exchanges develop into relationships that grow into firm bonds of respect, admiration and friendship.

So, it is with humble gratitude that today I bless and celebrate my WordPress community โ€“ long may we grow and prosper!

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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105 Responses to Humble Gratitude

  1. Congratulations! I really enjoy your photos and our three years of friendship!

  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Many congratulations Eliza – what a fantantic milestone. And I am not surprised either. It’s always a pleasure reading your posts, admiring your lovely photos and seeing your creative side. Here is to the next 1000!

  3. mNaiha says:

    Wow that’s a huge milestone. I’m hardly hitting a hundred. I’ll definitely watch out your space for more- ๐Ÿ˜‰ congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰

  4. Congratulations. Great photography, and I appreciate your thoughtful. comments.

  5. Archita says:

    Congratulations, Eliza. You deserved it. I am grateful for all the photographs you publish. They open a new and beautiful world to me.

  6. Alice Pratt says:

    Eliza: congratulations to you! ๐ŸŽˆ These past months have given me much enjoyment, looking forward to and enjoying your photographs and descriptions. It’s so nice to “meet” caring, concerned for our earth people & find other bloggers to follow. Looking forward to the next years of garden & flower photos. Thanks to YOU!

  7. FlowerAlley says:

    I am thankful for your blog. Congratulations Eliza.

  8. ladygrace33 says:

    Congratulations Eliza and thank you for you and your lovely blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations, Eliza. You are such a positive contributor to the blogging/wordpress community and your posts always bring joy into my day. Here’s to another 1000 followers … and more! x

  10. Pete Hillman says:

    Well done and well deserved, Eliza! You have a fabulous blog here, and thank you for sharing! What a magical image you have chosen to celebrate with!

  11. David says:

    Granratulations and I agree with Pete’s sentiments regarding your image.

  12. susurrus says:

    Congratulations Eliza – I really enjoy the chance to witness your way of seeing the world through your writing and photography.

  13. bittster says:

    Fantastic! Good for you and well deserved, it’s always a pleasure hearing from you and seeing a new post ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. MK says:

    So nice to have a friend in the neighborhood, especially one who lives in such a different world.

  15. louise237 says:

    Congratulations… Glad to have joined your group of followers wnd looking forward to stay on the great road of communication via our blogs. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

  16. Congratulations Eliza. I so enjoy your posts and our exchanges!

  17. Kate Houck says:

    Congrats! You should be proud of your wonderful posts and the connections you’ve made. Much love, Kate

  18. cindy knoke says:

    You are your blog are far more than worthy, more liked wonderful! Happy Anniversary & keep on blogging!

  19. Yay! Congratulations:)

  20. arlingwoman says:

    Wowzers, Eliza! I was just being amazed at my own 200+. You’re right, I think, in that the blogging community is a relationship. There are people I would contact to meet in person were I in their neck of the woods and that’s a nice feeling. Congratulations on your following. I think the quality of your blog makes it richly deserved.

  21. omtatjuan3 says:

    I’m lucky to get a few:)

  22. Congrats Eliza. I took me about 3 years to get over 1,000

  23. ladyfi says:

    That photo is glorious!

  24. Laurie Graves says:

    Holy guacamole! That’s quite an achievement. Congrats, congrats!

  25. Cathy says:

    Congratulations Eliza! I do love your posts, and feel the same way about blogging as you. When I started I got around six viewers a day for a while and was over the moon that six people were looking at my posts! LOL! May your blog grow and prosper for many years to come! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Congratulations Eliza ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Wow that’s a lot!! Congratulations… and I love the sunny photo!

  28. Anne says:

    Well done Eliza! You have selected an exquisite image to celebrate with too ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. acflory says:

    Quality over quantity any day. Congratulations. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Christina says:

    Congratulation Eliza. you’ve earned your readership with your assiduously regular posting and participation in commenting on other blogs.

  31. Rita Pichette says:

    You’ve worked hard & stayed true to your creative voice so bravo! Always a lovely posting. Glad to be celebrating Thanksgiving with you!

  32. Congrats on reaching that impressive milestone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t look at stats ever. My pulse quickens when I see a familiar person has left a comment. The blogging community is a really welcoming place where ideas can be exchanged and new things can be learned – I love it. Thanks for being part of my blogging world, and its my pleasure to be part of yours. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving.

  33. Judy Eddy says:

    Congratulations! Yours is an email I always open, because I can count on a serene place that celebrates nature and gardens and beauty to heal my weary soul from doing environmental activism all day!

  34. Congrats! I am so happy I found my way to your most excellent corner of the Internet and can count myself as one of those 1,000 (and count you as a great blogging friend!).

  35. Well done Eliza. You show the way!

  36. Kris P says:

    Congratulations Eliza! Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving too.

  37. Val Boyko says:

    Grow, live long and prosper Eliza ๐Ÿ’›

  38. OH!!! Congrats!! Eliza, I am so happy for you! I am just so thrilled your path has crossed with mine. May you and your family have a wonderful wonderful Thanksgiving! Bless you! โค

  39. Brian Skeys says:

    Congratulations, you have followers in the blogspot community as well.

  40. Maria F. says:

    Congrats for those followers and that image which is fantastic!

  41. Brenda says:

    On top of your followers, I’m sure there are plenty of lurkers like me. I don’t formally “follow” any blogs. But, oh, I treasure my little blogging community–those who regularly comment and with whom I feel a bond. Thank you for being part of that community. And congratulations on the milestone–it is well deserved.

  42. Notis Stamos says:

    Congratulations, not so for the 1000 followers, but rather for the strength to continue blogging for 3 years. May you keep at it for … at least another three โ˜บ! And by the way, the photo is AMAZING!

  43. natalyadrian says:

    That’s an extraordinary photo! It’s great to have you on WordPress. Happy blogging and congrats!!!!

  44. Bun Karyudo says:

    Congratulations, Eliza! It’s good that it happened around Thanksgiving too. Very appropriate! Incidentally, that’s a wonderful photograph at the top of your post.

  45. Well done Eliza; so enjoy your posts and the view through your lens.

  46. Heather says:

    How exciting! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Denzil says:

    Congratulations Eliza, that indeed is a super milestone to reach. I’m sure we all appreciate your fine photos and telling commentaries. May you go on to reach further heights and milestones!

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