Six years ago today I sat down and wrote my first blog post. I had just recently heard of blogging. I was writing regular columns in a few local newspapers but I was excited to take my words onto a bigger scene. Even if I didn’t get any followers, I would enjoy typing away in the morning while watching out my window, holding a cup of coffee and watching the chickens play. We were still fairly novice at everything from chickens to growing lettuce so the blog has chronicled our vast and adventurous journey and the life of a family, and inadvertently has become a comprehensive site to find out how to do everything from making witch hazel to milking goats. My “How to Make Chokecherry Wine” has had thousands of views over the years. Tomorrow, we will bottle homemade mead.
I remember seeing a blog that had five hundred followers. I could not believe it. 500! I wondered what that would be like. This morning I have one thousand, one hundred, and two followers. Over 142,000 people have read my blog since I began this journaling journey six years ago in a rented farmhouse with nary an idea of how much to water crops. We’ve come a long way!
Six years ago I was preparing for my first granddaughter to arrive. Today my second granddaughter is twelve days old. Many people watched as we moved to what we thought was our forever farm, only to become homeless. You cheered us on as we got back on our feet and purchased a home of our own with a third of an acre and a chicken coop. You have watched me make friends, mourned over deaths with me, read as we created new businesses, patted us on the back as they closed, shared holidays with us. laughed with me, and befriended me.
Turns out that folks don’t keep blogs going for very long, maybe just a few years. I love blogging. Anyone who enjoys writing ought to start a blog. It is easy and so restorative. I just want to thank all the readers out there right now for giving me an ear, a place to be, for following along on this Farmgirl adventure. It is far more fun to write for an audience.
I read through the November posts from 2012. The first ones. Man, that’s some funny stuff. Typos and all. (Amazing how much one can edit and still overlook typos!) Thanks for purchasing my books. (AuthorKatieSanders.com) I have seven, but Farmgirl School; Homesteading 101, which covered our first few years and my memoir, The Making of a Medicine Woman are near and dear. I will have a second Farmgirl School book out by the end of next year. We have much to discuss about urban farming and lots of projects to do! (Let us turn the back porch into a greenhouse. Should we get ducks? Let’s make a walk-through arbor with pumpkins and twinkly lights!) Oh friends, six years later, we are just getting started. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
If you have been a follower since the beginning please make a comment. Here’s to another six years of living the good life.