Six Years of Farmgirl School (and the adventure continues)

1005625_697090816973051_350125397_nSix years ago today I sat down and wrote my first blog post.  I had just recently heard of blogging.  I was writing regular columns in a few local newspapers but I was excited to take my words onto a bigger scene.  Even if I didn’t get any followers, I would enjoy typing away in the morning while watching out my window, holding a cup of coffee and watching the chickens play.  We were still fairly novice at everything from chickens to growing lettuce so the blog has chronicled our vast and adventurous journey and the life of a family, and inadvertently has become a comprehensive site to find out how to do everything from making witch hazel to milking goats.  My “How to Make Chokecherry Wine” has had thousands of views over the years.  Tomorrow, we will bottle homemade mead.

This photo was used in an article in the Washington Post about our family.

I remember seeing a blog that had five hundred followers.  I could not believe it.  500!  I wondered what that would be like.  This morning I have one thousand, one hundred, and two followers.  Over 142,000 people have read my blog since I began this journaling journey six years ago in a rented farmhouse with nary an idea of how much to water crops.  We’ve come a long way!


Six years ago I was preparing for my first granddaughter to arrive.  Today my second granddaughter is twelve days old.  Many people watched as we moved to what we thought was our forever farm, only to become homeless.  You cheered us on as we got back on our feet and purchased a home of our own with a third of an acre and a chicken coop.  You have watched me make friends, mourned over deaths with me, read as we created new businesses, patted us on the back as they closed, shared holidays with us. laughed with me, and befriended me.

Turns out that folks don’t keep blogs going for very long, maybe just a few years.  I love blogging.  Anyone who enjoys writing ought to start a blog.  It is easy and so restorative.  I just want to thank all the readers out there right now for giving me an ear, a place to be, for following along on this Farmgirl adventure.  It is far more fun to write for an audience.


I read through the November posts from 2012.  The first ones.  Man, that’s some funny stuff.  Typos and all.  (Amazing how much one can edit and still overlook typos!)  Thanks for purchasing my books. ( I have seven, but Farmgirl School; Homesteading 101, which covered our first few years and my memoir, The Making of a Medicine Woman are near and dear.  I will have a second Farmgirl School book out by the end of next year.  We have much to discuss about urban farming and lots of projects to do!  (Let us turn the back porch into a greenhouse.  Should we get ducks?  Let’s make a walk-through arbor with pumpkins and twinkly lights!)  Oh friends, six years later, we are just getting started.  Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Sleepover with a newborn goat at Grammie’s house.

If you have been a follower since the beginning please make a comment.  Here’s to another six years of living the good life.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. I love blogging, too. Such an easy way to get my thoughts from inside my head onto (virtual) paper!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I love your blog!

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Mine started the same way, as another outlet for my weekly columns, but only a year ago. I still do not write much about my lifestyle, but enjoy horticultural topics.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      You are a great writer!

      1. tonytomeo says:

        Thank you; but like I say on my blog, I am not a writer who writes about gardening, but merely a horticulturist and aborist who writes about it.

  3. I love your blog because it’s my dream. Except I got sick and have no energy. I did discover the joy of blogging but can’t seem to get anyone except my local friends to read my posts. The thing is, they love them. I wish I could get them noticed better. How did you do it?? I dream of owning a very small farm where we could grow our own food and have a bunch of animals…and a “tiny home.”

    1. Farmgirl says:

      If you stay positive, you will get more readers. If you put it out to the universe, you will get your dream.

      1. I am a really positive person and I do continue to dream, so hopefully…thank you!

  4. Pam Evans says:

    I enjoy reading your blog. You are a lot braver than I am. I do try some of your recipes and gardening tips

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you, Pam, I appreciate that!

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