Blogiversary at Chicago Garden

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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 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. 

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.


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  • Happy Blogiversary! I'm at an exciting point in my gardening life, my first summer as a homeowner, with a whole new yard to dig up and fill with tomatoes, peppers, beans, sunflowers, squash, and all sorts of love perennials. This site has been invaluable to me. Thanks Mr. BT!

  • In reply to hawk3ye:

    Thanks, and congrats on being a new homeowner with all that room. Glad you're finding something useful in the blog.

  • In reply to hawk3ye:

    Happy anniversary. I'm glad the blog has been such a positive experience and changed your perspective. It's fun to get out and explore! I'm sure there are many more great things for you to come. You deserve them!

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Hi Garden Faerie,

    LMAO. If anyone says that's it is fun to "get out and explore" and knows what they're talking about it is you. Thanks for the kind words.

  • In reply to hawk3ye:

    Happy blogiversary! It seems crazy that it's been a year already -- I still remember being ever-so-slightly envious when you told me about this new gig you had ;-)

    I've really enjoyed reading your posts here. You're doing a great job, and, like gardenfaerie, I'm happy this has been such a positive experience for you. Looking forward to what the next year will bring!

  • In reply to cvanderlinden:

    Hi Colleen,

    I can't believe Ms. Planet Green, and now Mother Earth News was envious. You're an inspiration. :0) Thanks for the kind words.

  • In reply to hawk3ye:

    That's a terrific post. We're very lucky to have you. Congrats on a tremendous year, and many more.


  • In reply to JimmyGreenfield:

    Thanks Jimmy.

  • In reply to JimmyGreenfield:

    Congratulations on your first year here MBT, and the personal and career growth and opportunities it's led to. It's not hyperbole to say sincerely that I couldn't be prouder of you even if you were my own son.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Oh, wow. You're going to make me cry. Thanks.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    MBT, Happy Anniversary! Like Linda, I'm really proud of you, too. It's been awesome watching work so hard and see the rewards. I think this is going to be your best year, ever!

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    And ... Congrats on this anniversary!

    That's what I was about to say when I realized I was again floundering with my log-in;~D

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