Every year, it arrives before I know it. My Mom celebrates her birthday on May 4, usually Mother’s Day comes a few days or even a week after that, and somewhere right in the middle, my blog celebrates another anniversary.
Today, this blog turns four. And I’m not going to lie to you…it makes me choke up a little bit every year to think about what has changed since the first day I sat down at my laptop and pounded out my first post. I’ve learned an incredible amount and, through this blog and the associated activities the blog has fostered (Yeah, Twitter, I’m looking at you…) continued enriching my life with new, wonderful people, ideas, and experiences.
In fact, just this week, I had an amazing Monday, thanks to my roommate, Fatemeh, who I met solely through food blog connections. After we both woke absurdly early, she suggested an early morning bike ride through Oakland, followed by Blue Bottle coffee and a brioche, which, people, I must say, is a damn civilized (and mood-boosting) way to start the day. And then, that evening, we met on our patio for Hendrick’s martinis and appetizers, and then she made me a steak dinner, over which we shared many stories. Without this blog, I wouldn’t have had the best Monday in years.
And last night? Over wine and vegetarian food at Encuentro, I finally met Adri, who started reading my blog when I was in Iowa, and who has been a friend on Twitter since she lived in Texas. Turns out, she lives not even a block from me, now, in Oakland. I would have never met her had I not started this blog. And we had a fantastic night of conversation and food and wine that would have never happened but for this connection.
I know I said I’d spend a good portion of this week celebrating other people’s gardens, but sometimes, one has to stop and mark the passage of time. And I had hoped maybe to celebrate by announcing that I’d actually gotten my new container garden underway, but I admit I’m still a bit behind on that project. Apparently I’m marking the passage of time by not hauling dirt…or drilling holes in wine barrels.
So, instead, today I stop and thank, as I do every year, those of you who come through these posts to read, to comment, to learn along with me, and hopefully, laugh along the way. You mean a lot to me, whether your number is small or big on any given day, and whether you comment or not.
But today? Comment, why don’t you? I’d love to say hello, virtually, and thank you for stopping by. Just to sweeten the pot a bit, I’ve got a giveaway: An autographed copy of my friend Tara’s book The Butcher & The Vegetarian: One Woman’s Romp Through A World of Men, Meat and Moral Crisis. Tara is yet another of the friends I would never have met if not for blogging, and her book is a wonderful, heartfelt read. Leave a comment between now and May 13 at midnight PDT, and after that, I’ll use a random number generator to select a winner. Be sure to leave me a way to contact you, too, if I don’t know how to reach you already, just in case you win! (And, just to be clear, if I draw a comment number that is my own reply to one of you, I’ll select again until I get a number that doesn’t correspond to me. I already have my own signed copy!)
And for those who like to celebrate with a bit of the way-back machine, here are the first four May 6 posts that have marked this blog’s growth since it all started on a quiet street in Iowa City:
- May 6, 2006: Planting season begins
- May 6, 2007: One year later, the garden accidents continue
- May 6, 2008: Go west, young gardener
- May 6, 2009: Three years, one post at a time
Cheers to all of you, and may your gardening and food adventures bring you as much laughter as mine do.