Friday, October 16, 2009
THANK YOU!! ~ Dankie! ~ Ngiyabonga! ~ Khap Khun Kha!
Today I am on post #300! My blog is in the 'air' from January 31,2008 (my birthday). And I want to reflect a moment on my blogging life.
Some of you have followed me from the beginning and start to know quite a bit about me, Dirk my husband and our twin girls Jasmine & Juliet. 300 posts in 20,5 months of blogging and a staggering 28.370 visitors from 159 countries!! Did you know that there are only 195 countries in the world? That means that there are only a few countries left that haven't been visiting my blog. That is just AMAZING to me!!
That means about 1385 visitors/visits in 1 month or 45 visits/visitors a day! There are a lot of blogging friends out there in so many countries that I would like to THANK. It is so much more fun to write a blog if you know people are actually reading it!!
I've become friends with a few of you, and even met in real life! All of you have enriched my life in some way and I am very humbled by the fact that the inernet can create such a beautiful, precious, amazing connections!
That I am sitting here in South Africa in a different time zone and even in a different hemisphere and season to most of you and still can connect on a daily basis with you all. Most of my postings are blogged in my PJ's in the early morning, just after I have put my daughters on the bus at 7am. Knowing that most of you are still sleeping or having lunch/dinner or just turning in. Isn't that just amazing? Who could have thought about that say 10 years ago??
I really appreciate all of you, the lurkers who come once in a while and never comment, the people who by accident came onto my blog, the ones that saw a picture on google image (if you type in funky doodle donkey or the names of the girls on google image you see quite a bit of me), the other ones that know me as a friend in real life or a family member, blogging friends who I connected with through the wonderful journey of adoption, people from Thailand, the Netherlands, USA, Spain, Greece, South Africa: all the countries I have lived in and talk about in my posts... through the search engines they knew how to find me!
But above all the friends who come back regularly and give comments those are the ones I appreciate so much! (And you know who you are) I see them as my personal friends, not only blogging friends anymore. And I hope sincerely that if we haven't met YET, that we will find an opportunity to meet one day. Because I FOLLOW you as well! I read about your lives, your journey you are going through, I see your children grow up, I read about your ups and downs... just like you do mine. And all that from a long distance, but I don't feel that distance at all! I can see your faces, sometimes even hear your voices (when you post a mini movie) and that is something that I am thankful for and amazed by!!
So here a list of Thank You's in hopefully all the languages that have visited my blog! Sorry if I've missed yours... (but you can always give me a comment and I will add yours :-)
ARABIC (ALGERIAN) saha
ARABIC (TUNISIAN) Barak Allahu fiik
AZERI çox sag olun / tesekkur edirem
BAMBARA a ni kié
BASQUE eskerrik asko (southern basque) / milesker (northern basque)
BELARUSIAN Дзякую (dziakuju)
BOBO a ni kié
BRETON trugéré / trugaré / trugarez
BULGARIAN merci / blagodaria
BURMESE (thint ko) kyay tzu tin pa te
CHECHEN Баркал (barkal)
CZECH děkuji / díky
DOGON gha-ana / birepo
DUTCH dank u wel / dank je wel
ENGLISH thank you
ESTONIAN tänan / tänan väga (thank you very much)
FAROESE takk fyri
GALICIAN gracias / graciñas
GEORGIAN დიდი მადლობა (didi madloba)
GREEK ευχαριστώ (efharisto)
HAITIAN CREOLE mèsi
INDONESIAN terima kasih
IRISH GAELIC go raibh maith agat
KOREAN kam sah hamnida
LAO khob chai (deu)
LATIN gratias ago (from 1 pers.)
gratias agimus (from X pers.)
LOW SAXON bedankt / dank ju wel
MALAY terima kasih
MALTESE niżżik ħajr / grazzi / nirringrazzjak
MARATHI aabhari aahe / aabhar / dhanyavaad
MONGOLIAN bayarlalaa (Баярлалаа)
OCCITAN mercé / grandmercé
PERSIAN motashakkeram, mamnun (formal) / mochchakkeram, mamnun, mersi (informal)
PORTUGUESE obrigado (M speaking) / obrigada (F speaking)
ROMANI najis tuke
RUSSIAN спасибо (spacibo)
SAMOAN faafetai lava
SCOTTISH GAELIC tapadh leat (singular, familiar)
tapadh leibh (plural, respectful)
SERBIAN хвала (hvala)
SHONA waita (plural: maita)
SPANISH gracias / muchas gracias
SWAHILI asante / asante sana
TAGALOG salamat (po)
THAI ขอบคุณค่ะ (kop khun kha) - woman speaking
ขอบคุณครับ (kop khun krap) - man speaking
TURKISH tesekkur ederim, sagolun
UKRAINIAN дякую (diakuiu)
VIETNAMIEN cám ơn
WALOON ("betchfessîs" spelling) gråces / merci
thank you very much : gråces (merci) traze côps, gråces (merci) beacôp
WEST INDIAN CREOLE mèsi
WOLOF djiere dieuf
YIDDISH a dank
YORUBA o sheun
ZULU ngiyabonga (literally means : I give thanks)
siyabonga (= we give thanks)
ngiyabonga kakhulu (thanks very much)
I am planning to continue to blog about our lives and I am looking forward to even meet more new friends via this medium.
So please comment on my blog and start a new connection in life with a friend that is living here in Joburg and looking out for you!
Have a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead!