February 2, 2009
Happy Anniversary, Little Blog!
This month marks the one year anniversary for my blog. Insanely enough, I started blogging right around the time my third baby was born. That might be the reason why the blog languished for a few months last summer. I was buried under diapers and was so sleep-deprived that I could barely speak coherently, much less write a sentence that others would want to read. It was all I could do to keep up with my gardening, and blogging was pushed to the back burner. But now that I'm getting more sleep, this blog has become a great creative outlet and a gateway to gardening friends galore at the garden blogging community of Blotanical.com.
My original intention was to post information that would be useful to readers. I'm still trying to do that, but I've realized that my favorite gardening blogs include a healthy amount of the blogger's personality. Catmint is teaching me patience in the garden - she has plenty of it, as her current garden was started when I was just one year old. I love it that Joy obsesses about fudge as well as gardening. Frances is like the wise, kindly faire (LOL) godmother of the garden-blogging world. If I had a nervous breakdown, Jan would be the first one to my door with a meal (or at least an encouraging post in my comment section!). I could go on and on about the delightful gardeners I'm meeting via blogging. There are so many more I'd like to include, but inevitably I'd forget someone and so I'm stopping here.
With all of this in mind, I'm expanding my definition of what constitutes an acceptable post here at VW Garden. While garden information and inspiration will still be the goal, a bit more of my life will end up in the posts as well.
Here's my current dilemma: balancing my enjoyment of blog posting, reading & commenting with the other responsibilities in my life. Blotanical will take up as much time as I can give it. I'm blessed to be able to be home with my children, but the three of them are at a fairly labor-intensive phase. And dear hubby deserves plenty of attention, too. I'm trying to become a better photographer, and then of course my actual garden requires work! I think a goal of posting once a week is a sustainable one for me right now. I'd like to still be posting when I'm a wise grandma gardener (gardening is one thing where old age is an asset - young gardens just aren't as nice), but that won't happen if I burn out now.
Here's to sustainable garden blogging and the avoidance of burnout! If you'd like to leave a comment with a bit of your wisdom for striking the right balance in your life, it will be appreciated.