Blogging Anniversary: One Year of Words and Herbs!


I did it!

374 posts in one year!

Yes, a whole year has flown by and Words and Herbs has developed into more than I ever imagined!

And that is all down to you – fellow bloggers and dedicated readers!

Time for thanks and reflection

You have all been such a fantastic source of motivation for me, and I’d like to thank you for all the Likes and Positive Comments. ๐Ÿ˜€

I thought I’d review the year by looking back at some of my favourite posts… perhaps you’d like to join me? Just click on the photos if you’re interested!

November 2011: this soup helped me get through a tough week…

November 2011: German traditions have edged into my homeย  – well, I have been here for 19 years now! I particularly like the tradition of coffee and cake in the afternoon…

February 2012: A very bitter cold winter made for a few surprises – our canal/river froze over!

April 2012: Spring was so welcome this year. A walk in the countryside was inspiring…

April 2012: Beware of the bears – they’re after my bears’ garlic pesto!

May/June 2012: A wonderful idea for honey, inspired by a Bavarian TV show…

June 2012: Words and Herbs on Midsummer’s Day

July 2012: Thalictrum “Elin” flowered beautifully for me this year…

July 2012: Zucchini Ricotta Pizza, with home-grown zucchini

July 2012: So many different hawk-moths visited the flowers in my garden in the summer…

August 2012: Seedheads as impressive as the blooms themselves

A couple of reflections…

  • I have posted something every day for a whole year… and I’m still enjoying this venture as much as in the first few weeks, if not more so! However, I may slow down a bit… three, maybe four posts a week are also okay, aren’t they?
  • Awards are a fabulous way of promoting new blogs, and I have been SO grateful for those I have received, but they are very time-consuming. So I will no longer post about them, but will try and feature other blogs/posts occasionally instead. I may even try “reblogging”. (Haven’t done that yet!)
  • A saying that comes into my mind every single day is “Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds” … This is an ideal motto for a gardener, and for a blogger too. Blogging allows a rare freedom, confidence and modesty, and complete and utter honesty. I have found this honesty in many other blogs I read regularly, and am more hopeful and optimistic as a result.

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As always, your thoughts and comments are very much appreciated.

Thanks for visiting, and please stop by again if you feel inclined!

70 thoughts on “Blogging Anniversary: One Year of Words and Herbs!

  1. Congratulations Cathy – a year of blogging is definitely worthy of a celebration! I’ve loved reading your posts over the last few months, seeing pictures of your garden and trying some of your recipe ideas. Looking forward to the next year of Words and Herbs!

  2. I’m taking a break from my blogging break to say, “Happy Anniversary!” and “Well Done!” and “Prima!” and “Nice Hat!”
    You’ve done an outstanding job for every single post of every single day this past year, and I commend you. Now, I hope that you’re off celebrating with some of that Elderberry wine…

  3. Way to go, Cathy! Celebrate this achievement knowing the gift that it is to have established an audience and a blog and a way to express your passions through words! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations!

  4. Dear Cathy, my congratulations to your “Blogging Anniversary”! “Words and Herbs” really is a very
    interesting, inspiring, instructive, impressive, vivid, encourageing, lovely, wonderful ….. blog.
    I enjoyed reading each single post all over the year. Thank you very much!

  5. Congratulations! Liebe Cathy, ich bewundere deine Art zu schreiben, darzustellen und Wissen weiterzugeben. Gleichzeitig wรผnsche ich Dir Ruhe und das richtige MaรŸ, auf daรŸ Dir das Bloggen sehr lange Freude bereitet.
    Ich freue mich auf die nรคchsten posts ๐Ÿ™‚ Liebe GrรผรŸe . Uta

  6. Cathy I am still so in awe of you and your blog. Posting everyday and more for a year and your first year is just amazing. Such perseverance and talent. Happy Anniversary and I look forward to reading your blog for many years. It is always fresh, full of great info and delicious recipes. I am so glad I found you and your blog!

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  8. Many congratulations on the first anniversary Cathy and here’s to many more of them! Delighted to have discovered your blog and always enjoy your posts xxx

  9. Happy One Cathy!!! Congratulations indeed! It’s been a delight sharing your world and all the things of beauty you make and see and experience. I am blessed by this space and more often than not hungry for more ๐Ÿ˜€ Here’s to Herbs and Words – may the best be yet to come! Sharon

  10. Well done Cathy – you are so inspiring! I find it challenging to post once or twice a week so you’re a star!
    I love your recipes and great gardening advice…. I’m doing a little celebration dance for you at this very moment ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wow, how time flies… Connnnngratulahations Cathy on your fantastic and inspiring (you made me try and like so many new recipes) blog. Iยดm looking forward to your next blog-year!

  12. Congratulations Cathy and to think I have only seen your Blog since May or June ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I have yours to go to and you to talk with. Good for you and a job well done!

  13. You have such a beautiful blog – your writing style and your gorgeous photos have a peaceful and calming effect on me. Congratulations on the one year mark and the great blog you have created.

  14. I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts and looking at your beautiful photographs this past year! Congrats and hope there is much more to come!

  15. Wow! Cathy! What an accomplishment! I have enjoyed visiting and reading your blog so very much. I look forward to our little chats and I can tell what a thoughtful and caring person you are. You are one of my bestest blogging friends and your blog and you make me smile. Thanks for that.

    Congratulations!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m so happy we’ve become blogging buddies. I enjoy your blog so much too, and think you’re just great! Thank you for all the lovely things you write Strawberryindigo! Hugs! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Luckwishes (oder Glรผckwรผnsche) to you, Cathy.

    It’s hard to keep up a daily pace
    And sometimes you feel like you’re in a race.
    Your year’s running has been for the best
    But now if you want you can take a rest.

  17. I can’t believe you posted so many times in a year — do you have any advice for someone like myself who is trying to get up to that? Your blog is really wonderful! I just found it, and I can’t wait to dive into your posts from the past year.

    • Hi Gwen – just subscribed to your blog too! I think blogging is what got me through last winter… a mental exercise and a daily goal, rather than a chore. I needed it! After the year was up I felt such a great sense of achievement, but relief too! Thanks for subscribing, and enjoy browsing the old posts! ๐Ÿ˜€

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