It's hard to believe it's been one year of blogging already. I started this blog in the winter when I didn't have much going on in my yard and was as usual, daydreaming of warmer days when I could see my garden in bloom. I had wanted a way to keep track of all the projects we had worked on in our yard. My sister Erin, who has a family blog and a cake decorating blog Girl with the Cute Cakes (visit her if you want to see some beautiful cakes), is the one who got me started. My first post was called "Why I Garden". When I reread it I was surprised at how it sounded, probably because at the time I didn't think anyone besides me or my family would ever read it. I hadn't done any "writing" since college. The only writing I had done over many years was charting in my job as a nurse. Charting is mostly short, to the point sentence fragments full of observations and medical results and outcomes. Blogging has helped to improve my writing some I think.
Blotanical while looking for other garden blogs to read. I listed my blog there having no idea what Blotanical was about, just thought it would be a good way to find other bloggers that had pretty garden pictures to look at since I'd pretty much memorized all the garden books and magazines I had. Once I started finding my way around there I couldn't believe all the great blogs I found. Then I started noticing the people were visiting my blog. The first time someone left a comment I was surprised and excited that someone found something interesting in what I had written or shown. Karen of Greenwalks, a fellow Seattle area blogger, was that first person to comment on my posts. I was lucky enough to meet her at one of the SAGBUTT (Seattle Area Garden Bloggers United to Talk) meetings.
When I started I thought I would post every day, then as the year went on I realized I had to cut back on posting. Now my goal is to try to post 3 times a week unless I have time or something I find exciting to share.