In the past year I've written 229 entries with 1,054 comments. I'm not sure how the staff of ChicagoNow found me, but I'm glad they did. Because of this blog I attended the dedication ceremony of the nations first organic rooftop farm, where Da Mayor snapped at me for asking why Chicago hadn't been pushing the victory gardening movement last year. Among other gardens, both private and public, that I visited was the urban farm at Cook County Jail.
Blogiversary at Chicago Garden
Today is the first anniversary of the beta launch of ChicagoNow. Since this blog, Chicago Garden, was one of just over 30 blogs the site was launched with I guess this makes it Chicago Garden's anniversary too.
In the past year, I've seen more of Chicago's parks, gardens and have met more gardeners than I had in the past five years garden blogging for myself at MrBrownThumb. Can a blog change you? I think it can. In the past few years I fell into a rut, a personal ghetto if you will, and didn't venture outside of my corner of Chicago all that much. Looking for content and ideas for this blog forced me to be behave different and experience Chicago in a different way. I look at Chicago in a different way. It isn't just a city with people, it is a city with gardens that tell stories about the people who maintain them.
I've had a lot of fun blogging here for the part year. The opportunities, both personal and "professional" this blog has brought me sometimes cause me to sit back and smile at my luck. I'm blessed to live in this city. I wouldn't want to garden, or garden blog, in any other city in the world. What I love most about living here is observing the different ways we handle this desire to grow something. From the vegetables growing behind barbed wire at the Cook County Jail, to the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, the container gardens you see on people's porches and windows while riding the "L," the urban farms and community gardens found throughout Chicago, to the ridiculous palm trees that line the lakefront in the summer. There is no garden quite like Chicago.
I want Chicago Garden to be more than a blog of listacles, links and photo galleries. Sometimes, it is hard to keep this rule of mine since I'm only one person with one garden. What I'm experiencing in the garden can only appeal to so many people. When I started this blog I noted in the about page above that I welcomed your suggestions and questions about gardening. A year later I still do. If there is something gardening related that you're looking for use the search bar and if you can't find it, feel free to leave a comment asking a question. There's no such thing as a stupid gardening question. Stupid would be going through life and never trying to grow something.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has signed up for an account to comment on this blog, retweeted a post, shared one on Facebook or passed on a link to their family and friends. It has and continues to mean a lot to me. If you have a blog of your own make sure to list it in your profile. I like to see what other people are doing in their garden and try to return comments in a prompt manner.
Since it is our anniversary I cut you a bouquet of cranesbill geraniums from my garden. It's ok, if you didn't get me anything. I'm just happy we've made it a whole year together.