Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy Blogiversary To Us


Peace


Today is the one year blogiversary of Creating Our Eden. One year and we are fast approaching 10,000 site views. Jamie and I would like to say thank you to all our regular readers, without you I probably would not have maintained this blog.

Since I was a little boy I’ve loved taking pictures. I use to run around with a Kodak Instamatic, the kind that had the disposable flash cubes that would sit on top. I would take all kinds of pictures of flowers and landscapes and pretend I was a professional photographer. The film was cheap, but I could never afford to get any of the pictures developed and when I did, most of them were never really that good.

A second passion of mine has always been writing, I actually started a book once. Much to the disappointment of my composition teacher I never attended college. She was certain I had a talent for writing and I would do great things. I had the highest grade point average in my senior class. I look at my grammar now and it’s amazing how much you can lapse in a period of 24 years. I tend to overlook the simplest of errors as I reread my posts. I catch them a week later and scold myself for being so erroneous. But, then I realize most people aren’t really that concerned with my mistakes or they do a good job of keeping it to themselves.

Blogging has awakened three things in me that have been asleep for way too many years. A love of gardening, photography and writing are things that bring me peace of mind and pleasure. I don’t know why I had chosen to deny myself these things that I enjoy so much. I suppose some where down the road someone has told me I wasn’t good enough at it or it was a waste of time and I believed them. Even though we shouldn’t, I think we all need some form of validation from time to time that we are doing a good job. The comments and emails I have received from maintaining this blog have done just that and resurrected more things in my life than you could possibly imagine and for that I say thank you.

I raise my spade in a toast to you. Here’s to the incredible new friends Jamie and I have made thru this bog - to many more years of blogging, gardening and photography - and a lifetime filled with infinite possibilities. Thoughts become things, so choose the good ones.

20 comments:

Jan said...

Congratulations making one year blogging. You have a wonderful blog that I have enjoyed reading.

Jan
Always Growing

tina said...

CONGRATS on your Blogiversary!

Jamie and Randy said...

Thank you so much Jan! I just wish I had the dedication that you do with your blog! I enjoy every visit to Always Growing!- Randy

Jamie and Randy said...

Tina,
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Randy, that was very well put. Congratulations on your anniversary. You and I have much in common--a love of photography, a desire to write, and a lack of talent as a proof reader;) Seems I miss typos on posts and comments.

Here's to blogging friends and to inspirations for second season writing.

Jamie and Randy said...

Thank you Marnie. :-) And, here's to Roses and Lilacs!

Annie in Austin said...

Happy Blogiversary, Jamie and Randy - now on to year Two! We your readers are glad you decided to share your garden with us in words and photos.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Pam/Digging said...

Congratulations, Randy. I found your blog through mention elsewhere of the terrible storm that destroyed your previous garden. And now here you are a year later with a beautiful garden and a terrific, engaging blog to show for your resiliency. Way to go!

Jamie and Randy said...

Annie,
We are looking forward to year two as well. We are planning on putting in a huge bed across the back of the garden and that will give us lots of room and plenty of new things to talk about. If you decide that you want to plant that sky vine, give me a holler at the email address.

Pam,
Jamie and I are very happy you found us and we really enjoy your blog. Jamie rarely comments on here because he is simply too busy with school and work. Last night he yelled at me from the back of the house, “Hey! Did you know Pam got a new house?” He knows everyone and reads about your gardens when he can. As far as our garden goes, I never would have thought this at the time, but we have a much better garden now than we did before the storm. Nothing cultivates the ground better than forcefully ripping three 40 year old trees out of it. Once you get the rest of the roots out it makes for easy ‘Digging’. ;-)

Phillip said...

Congratulations!! I always look forward to your posts and wish you the best in year 2!

Jamie and Randy said...

Thank you Phillip. I've learned alot from YOU this year. :-)

Carol said...

Congrats on your blogiversary. An event to celebrate!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Jamie and Randy said...

Thank you Carol! May Dreams was one of the very FIRST garden blogs I discovered, actually the second, and was one the inspirations for me starting this blog. You didn't know that, did you? :-) Daily something we do or say impacts the lives of people and most of the time we never even know we are the catalyst for change.

Frances said...

Many many more posts to come! Thanks for deciding to share your gifts of gardening, writing and photography with us. You are quite talented and enrich us all with your enthusiasm and friendliness. I do wear the rose quartz necklace all the time, it brings good luck and happiness as soon as I fasten it around my neck. I am watching the muhly grass trying to decide when it will be safe to dig some for you. I have given some to Gail and Christopher because I could take it right to them without fear of mail delays. Are you ready to plant some now or soon?

Frances
http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

Jamie and Randy said...

Frances,
I’m so glad you are enjoying the necklace and I hope it brings you pleasure for a long time to come. You can send the grass when ever you like, you know better than anyone else when the most successful time is to plant it, so I’m leaving that up to you. :-)

Wayne said...

A belated congrats! I enjoy your great pics and writing style.

Cosmo said...

Randy--I can't believe how behind I am on your blog--my blogroll has been acting up. Anyway, a belated blogiversary to you and Jamie! And now I have to read ahead to find out why Jamie is on the roof . . .

Jamie and Randy said...

Cosmo,
Mine does the same thing. Lots of times it doesn't move the new entries up the list and if I don't check the topics I don't notice the updates.-Randy

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I love that quote "thoughts become things so chose good ones". Your blog is a very good thing. Congratulations to both of you. This is my first visit and I am scanning through many posts. The photos and writing is just excellent. Don't sweat the small mistakes. I sure don't care about them. Keep up the good work here.

Jamie and Randy said...

Lisa,
I should have mentioned in this post, that quote belongs to Mike Dooley that has an inspirational website at www.tut.com I get a daily inspirational message from the site and I highly recommend signing up for the emails.-Randy