Seven years last Sunday.
I've been a blogger longer than I've held any other job except sheep farmer, though I tend to think of farming as more of a whole lifestyle than a job. But I suppose being a food and farm blogger is a lifestyle too. I was a farmgirl for 10 years before I started blogging, but it's hard to remember a time when I wasn't farming and blogging (and carrying my camera everywhere).
A lot has changed around here during the past seven years, and yet many things have stayed the same. I still have sheep. I still have dogs and cats and chickens. I now have seven donkeys instead of just the one (much to his delight). We've said goodbye to many beloved animal friends and welcomed new ones into the farmily.** We (finally!) live in a new house. I have a wonderful hunky farmguy I love even more than I did seven years ago.
I now have friends around the world. During the past month, you've come to my little blog from 146 different countries. How cool is that? (Hello, Zambia!)
If you'd like to go back to the beginning, there are links to all the Farmgirl Fare archives over in the left sidebar of any Farmgirl Fare page (just scroll down a little ways).
I still have stories to tell and favorite recipes to share (you'll find all the recipes I've already posted in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index). I still long to spend more time on my neglected kitchen garden blog. I've figured out Pinterest and Facebook. I'm still finding heart shaped rocks.
I'm grateful to you for choosing to spend time here, and for all of your comments and feedback and kind words. I know some of you have been around since the beginning!
I'm grateful to the sponsors who choose to advertise with me, and to my publishing network, BlogHer.
I'm grateful to all of you who take the time to start your amazon.com shopping trips by clicking on a Farmgirl Fare amazon.com link first (like to a book or product I've recommended), including that little black amazon logo that's always over in the right sidebar of every Farmgirl Fare page. When you do, we receive a small percentage of the sale (at no cost to you) no matter what you end up buying.
Every little bit helps, and your support really makes a difference. It allows me to spend 30 to 40 hours a week blogging. It allows me to spend more time taking pictures, telling stories, creating recipes, and meeting and inspiring people around the world. It allows me to work at something I love doing.
It also helps keep the farm going.
I have no idea what I'll be doing seven years from now. On Thursday morning (at 4:30am! by myself!) I'll be heading off to a two-day workshop that may take our struggling farm in an interesting (and potentially profitable) new direction. Exciting times surely lay ahead.
I do know that right now I'm here—and I'm so glad you are too.
Thank you. For everything.
**I proofread this post several times before noticing I'd typed farmily instead of family. I love it.