We’re 6 Years Old Today!
When my kids were little I used to watch Sesame Street with them. Sesame Street was much better back then, in the early 90s. Not that I’ve been watching it so much lately, but maybe when we have grandchildren.
Anyway, I thought of this Sesame Street short when I realized that our blog turned six years old earlier this month. Usually WordPress makes a point of reminding you about such milestones but I haven’t heard a peep from them.
Garden In A City has been a lot of fun. Though the name is gardeninacity and not Garden In A City because at the time I started this blog I thought all internet names had to be run together as a single word. Now I use both versions of the name when writing about the blog, showing my more sophisticated understanding of the intertubes.
Anyway, this blog has been useful as a garden journal, and also as a means for showing off the garden. And its been an outlet for my writing compulsion.
It’s opened the door to a community of friends, and that has been very satisfying. Some I’ve met in person (mainly at the Garden Bloggers Fling and Midwest Meetup). Others I know only through the internet, but those relationships have been rewarding as well.
Without this blog, I wouldn’t have gotten to know the staff at the Lurie Garden, which has been a real treat, or the late garden writer Allen Lacey.
I am still searching for the right amount of time to devote to Garden In A City. I’ve gone from writing once a week to every other day to every day (an impossible task, don’t understand how people can do it) to three times a week. When a blog demands so much time that it feels like a burden, you are spending too much time on the blog.
The first few years readership grew relatively quickly, but in the past year it has stayed flat. This shouldn’t bother me, but I admit that it does. Are blogs being pushed out by other social media, like Twitter and Instagram? Or is it just that with all the ominous developments in the world, garden blogs seem a bit trivial?
Regardless, I intend to stick with it for the foreseeable future. For me the fun of a blog is in the writing. I like words. Sometimes, shockingly, my posts contain 500 or 600 words or more. I am not an Instagram kind of person. Also, I believe that we all need an occasional distraction from the ominous.
Of course, photographs are essential, and I’m lucky to have Judy with her photographic talents as a partner.
For all of you who read and comment on Garden In A City (or gardeninacity), thank you. A blog is not a blog without at least a few readers.
And I’ll close with a question, sincerely posed: is there anything you would like to see more of, or less of, on Garden In A City?