Today is the Southern Rural Route’s first birthday.
In an email dated October 6, 2011, the Mad Tattah asked me, “Have you given any thought to starting your own blog?”
I admitted that it had never crossed my mind until she started to blog. Only after learning of her blog did I begin to “toy” with the idea of writing a gardening blog despite having no clue what I was doing in my garden but doing it anyway. I told her I was working on a name for the blog; something about living on a rural road.
Around Thanksgiving, I began reading blogging books for dummies.
On December 13, I started the blog on Blogger but their “new” version wasn’t supported in the tutorials so I switched to WordPress on December 16. The first post went up December 17.
The most rewarding aspects of blogging have been:
- Readers I have met through the Comments section (especially the ones who started out as strangers and became friends who regularly stopped in to chat. The Mad Tattah thinks of you as my ‘net pen pals)
- Readers who laugh with me (some may be laughing AT me but I can’t see it from this side of the screen so it’s okay)
- Readers who have educated me or, at least, tried to educate me
- Readers who have been willing to share ideas, stories, and seeds
- Collaboration with other readers to produce blog articles
- Communication from authors whose books I reviewed