Waterfalls and Gratitude

I love that today's Love Your Blog topic is "Gratitude"

because I have so much for which to be grateful. Especially when it comes to this blog and you, fellow bloggers and blog readers.

I was mulling all of this over yesterday morning when my sister announced that we were going for a hike (we were visiting my parents, where they have actual mountains, not just large inclines). I didn't think too much of it until she said we were hiking to a waterfall. I don't know how many waterfalls you've hiked to, but where we grew up waterfall hikes generally involve fording a stream or two. I had not even finished my first cup of coffee, so the idea of traipsing around in knee deep water and probably falling down a rock or two made me nauseous.

But then I thought of you, dear readers, and the gorgeous pictures I could take if I survived the trip. Western North Carolina is gorgeous this time of year, and nothing makes me feel quite as grateful. So off I went. I managed not to fall once, and we did end up knee deep in the river more than once, but it was totally worth it.

I am an introvert. Left to my own devices I keep to myself. I'm not a hermit, but until I finished school I got almost all of my human interaction from the other students in my program. Then I graduated and found that I really did not have anyone outside my family. I could have really floundered and lost myself, but I had you guys to keep me company. And the need to keep generating interesting content has pushed me to do things that I might have otherwise found excuses to avoid. Like scale a waterfall, check out a World Wide Knit in Public Day, or sign up for a knitting retreat where I don't know anyone.

This current incarnation of Faithfully Geeky may still be less than a year old, but our blogging community has had a presence in my world for many more. I like to think I have grown a lot since I began, and the interaction with you, the community, has been a large part of that. So thank you. I'm so grateful that you continue to stop by.

This post is a part of A Playful Day's Love Your Blog Challenge. Find more posts on today's topic and links to previous topics here.