Sometimes I think I will stop blogging, but there are lots of good reasons that keep me at it, even if at times sporadically.
I initially took up blogging as an outlet for my enthusiasm regarding all things DIY, especially gardening, knitting and food preservation. I was hoping to connect with others online and make new friends, and hoping some of what I learned could be useful to others too. I was inspired by so many great blogs (see my blogroll to the right) that I love to read. I also liked that blogging would keep me in the habit of writing, something I always wish I could do more of.
I still blog for all these reasons, and I have since discovered how useful blogging is for keeping a record for myself. Often I'll go back to see how I preserved something last year, or what time of year I planted or harvested something. It's nice to have notes for changes or issues to sewing and knitting patterns too.
One of the things I wish happened more is connecting with others (that'd be you, dear reader!). I don't get many comments or have many conversations through this blog. One of my most consistent connections is Outside, At Home - a lovely sister duo that blogs about gardening and other DIY projects. Other than delicious looking veggie and flower gardens, I love seeing Mary Mary's skills at flower and plant arranging - bouquets and planters both, and Miss Greenish Thumb's sewing creations.
This summer Outside, At Home hosted a contest, with anyone linking up their garden posts to their weekly post being entered to win a gardening book. And guess who the lucky winner is - yep, I won! The ladies thoughtfully gave me a choice of gift and while all the books look amazing (and I can already recommend Second Nature by Michael Pollen first-hand) I opted for Groundbreaking Food Gardens, by Niki Jabbour of The Year Round Veggie Gardener.
I'm looking forward to reading this book and I am feeling grateful for fun times and friends in the blogosphere!