God gave us a gift of 86,400 seconds today, so I’m using one of those to say “thank you”.

I received my renewal notice today from WordPress, which reminded me of my early days of blogging when I thought that the only person that would ever read my blog would be my Mum. Well I got that bit wrong, as she doesn’t!

As a new naive blogger I remember looking through all your sleek glossy blogs with the beautifully written posts and stunning photographs. I never thought I’d ever “get that good” and in so many ways I never will. I still break into a cold sweat whenever I have to insert links and it takes me the best part of the day to get it just right; and I do the happy dance whenever I manage to upload pictures into a post!

Beyond any shadow of a doubt having all of you drop by to share laughter and the odd tear has made this journey, the stuff that dreams are made of. I have so many of you to thank for being there from the very beginning when I was a stranger in a strange land, in dire need of a friend or two. As I tried rather unsuccessfully to master the art of blogging, it truly made a difference reading a “like” or a comment or two. I got a shedload more than I ever expected and I will never ever forget your kindness.

So in true Tinky Town Trashtacular style, this award goes to all of you for sticking with me, it’s been a real rollercoaster of a voyage but it’s been made all that more special by having all of you along for company.

Saw This & Thought Of You!

Saw This & Thought Of You!

Please feel free to share the love and pass it on to those extra special bloggers that make your day. No rules, no questions, simply just because you can!

87 thoughts on “God gave us a gift of 86,400 seconds today, so I’m using one of those to say “thank you”.

  1. I always prefer the blogs that are a bit ‘rough round the edges’ rather than the glossy professional kind. (sorry if that sounds like an insult it isn’t meant as one :))

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  2. You had me hooked from the first post I ever read….. (I suppose that’s fitting considering what’s behind the award you posted!) It’s been a pleasure joining you on your adventures. I don’t know about everyone else, but I felt pretty much the same starting out here in blog-land.

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  3. I’ve loved sharing your life through your stories – and what a blog-ster you are! My wordpress renewal came through too and I renewed it despite being a rather lackadaisical blogger! Love the brilliant award to all of us who follow you and thanks for brightening up my day so often! X

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    • Can’t believe so many of us started at the same time, mine’s due about 22nd April. If I am having a truly awful Poison Pen day I always trawl through the blogs I follow and I guarantee that at least one of you will lift my spirits – meant to ask how’s the precious wee one?

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  4. That award sure looks like it would provide plenty of support.
    So now you have me thinking of ah, um..ok, I’ll be back in a little while. 🙂
    Oh and I enjoy your blog and all that stuff.

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  5. I’ll be doing the same thing on April 22! One year. Wow, you have really built an audience in a year, Dallas! Now it’s time to put your book together. Find a good editor (preferably a friend who has a vested interest and won’t charge much:) and put your Turkish stories together and make a book. I know you can do this! And you already have a great title, your blog title! You are a very entertaining writer, and that’s what we all need now with so much bad news bombarding us every day, we need to read about human characteristics that touch us and make us smile!

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    • Crikey Kaye, my very first post was 29th April 2012 – how spooky! My mantra has been this year every day I rock up for my shift is “I am better than this” so I really do need to do something but obviously I’m not very familiar with the wonderful world of all things publishing! I agree with you as well; I think that we all yearn for gentler and softer times where integrity and honesty are badges worn with pride

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  6. Congratulations! Well do I remember my early months when hitting the ‘Publish’ button marked the end of a day’s sweaty uncertainty as I tried to figure out how to manipulate the technology, and think of something to say to that empty blogosphere out there – what a success your year has been! 🙂

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  7. I can’t even remember how I found your blog. I think you may have been one of the few blogs I started following that wasn’t Freshly Pressed (at least I don’t think you were?). At any rate, it’s always a pleasure to read your latest post. And what a beautiful thank you to your readers!

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  8. I seriously think you have at least two books going from this blog. Your experiences at home have this wonderful shading to them that is so lovely to read. I start smiling even before the story unfolds. You know how to touch hearts and you communicate your love for your family with every telling. You also have the wonderful Turkish stories that first caught me. I have laughed at what I recognize. You take me from laughing, and sighing for the romance, to aching for the plight of the animals. I feel the bittersweet difficulty in cross continental love. I could see a collection of stories from you and your girlfriends as you interpret finding love abroad (not that I’m calling you broads). I see the book. I even see the movie. It would be a heck of a lot more entertaining than Eat, Pray, Love. LOL All the best, Deb

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    • I’ve read and re-read your comment because it really touched me and as my Dad keeps saying to me when I’m having a moan about Poison Pen, you never really know what’s around the corner so maybe this year I’ll escape from stacking shelves and start something else instead, although I’m not really sure where to begin. And I love being called a broad!

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    • I should have done, I’ve got one posh frock and I bought these ridiculously expensive pair of shoes to go with it which I’ve worn once and as they cripple me, my niece has taken them off my hands. Thanks for sending over the link – made my Dad’s day!

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  9. The pleasure is all mine … it’s lovely, relaxing and funny to land here – love the little award … great. That’s so true .. that friends are like a supporting bra – I will show that off in my world. *smile

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  10. 😀 Supportive blogger – very funny. If you still panic when it comes to uploading photos, then it’s just as well you’re a brilliant writer and don’t need pictures. Love your blog and so glad you stuck through the initial fear to be here.

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  11. Well done Dallas, so many blogs disapear during their first year. I’m pleased you kept at it I love seeing a post from you appear in my feeds. The stories bring a smile to my face. Even the sad times you treat with humour and your characters are priceless. I would love it if you can get your niece to help you upload a photo or two every now and again 🙂

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      • Sorry to hear about the lost photos. I would be devastated to lose those precious memories. Hopefully you are going to get more to replace them when you get back over there. I always back up photos onto a memory stick

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  12. You had me from the minute my eyes hit the first paragraph. Your lovely speech is in part why, I don’t think you realize how much laughter you bring to the rest of us who follow you, waiting for you to post so we can share your journey!

    Love the award, it is fabulous.

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  13. I absolutely love the look of this award, Dallas. 🙂 I’ll take it!! Love your blog, as I’m also not a “fancy” blogger. You nearly always give me smile or three, and I’m so glad I found you amongst all the thousands of WordPress blogs. I sometimes wonder just how many there are out there, and whether it’s just luck or destiny that we happen upon blogs that really appeal to us.

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    • We did get lucky didn’t we! I’m glad you’ve dropped by as I wanted to say you are one of the most supportive of all bloggers. Nearly every occasion when I visit another blog I noticed that you have stopped by to comment whether they have thousands of followers or just a few; so please never underestimate your contribution because I can remember feeling so made up when you consistently read and commented so bless you for that and all your happy pictures x

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  14. What a lovely blog!!! I am a newcomer to your blog & love your writing style!!! I only wish I had more time to read more…
    I started blogging back in 2005 on 360 yahoo; then went to Multiply & when they said they would close us down last December i moved here last August as 4 blogging pals are here.
    now I am meeting so many new peoeple from all over the world & enjoying blogging alot more!!!
    Thank you for your blogs!!! I will keep reading 😉
    Sincerely, Sherri-Ellen (in Canada) from Nylablue & Sherri-Ellen’s Purrfect Pad.

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    • Hello to you from a freezing cold Devon in the UK, where I’m camping out for the winter. Thank you for dropping by and this worldwide blogging malarky is great isn’t it! And the awards are for all the amazing bloggers out there who are the cheerleading team for all the newbies, we really really couldn’t do it without you!

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  15. It has been a joy to catch up with you today, Dallas. Your posts always bring a smile to my face. I first saw that adorable train with hearts on other blogs, and I was in love with it. It took me a while to come over here to see who was behind that crazy train (because I tend to be nervous about meeting new bloggers), but I’m so glad I did. Congratulations on a year of blogging, and I’m so glad I’ll be here for this next one.

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