January 31, 2014

Four Years of Blogging

I started this blog four years ago today.

It has been a rewarding diversion, and it has brought me commenters and friends from all over the world.

When I started I was still a relatively new gardener, just beginning to realize I had something to show in pictures and something to share in observations. What fun it has been!

But after 490 posts, I'm ready to move on. When I visit a garden or walk in my own, I am constantly on alert for blog-worthy photos or thinking of what I could say about what I am seeing. I think it's time to just go out and enjoy.

It's time to sign off this blog.

I'll continue blogging on my journal, which is an online diary I have kept for these four years as well. It is just mundane garden tasks, weather reports, complaints, and lots of random ideas for the garden as I think of them. If you still want to see photos of my garden and what I'm doing in it, it's on one of the tabs at the top of this blog.

If you just found My Weeds Are Very Sorry, please visit the archives and read some old posts.

If you are one of my constant and loyal readers, I thank you so much --- you have been my audience and my outlet for four rich and rewarding years.

My weeds are still perpetually remorseful and they will always misbehave. But I'm ready to enjoy it more and write about it less.


28 comments:

  1. Say it ain't so Laurrie.
    I shall miss your blog and its references to native plants. I shall miss your garden trials and tribulations.It has been a very great pleasure to have had the opportunity to share in your gardening experiences. I wish you all the best, and hope that we shall meet again another day in another way.

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  2. Thank you for sharing all of your wisdom and your beautiful garden with the world. Your blog will be missed, though I'm happy to read your garden journal. Enjoy doing more and writing less!

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  3. Laurrie, I've enjoyed your blog, and I enjoyed your garden during my single visit. I appreciate and admire what you've done with both. I also admire your clarity in deciding what to keep and what to let go. Enjoy.

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  4. I'm with Patty--say it isn't so! I will so miss your inspiring ideas and your clever take on gardening issues--your monthly garden oops was always one of my favorite posts, perhaps because I could relate so well to making similar gardening mistakes on a regular basis. I understand, though, about wanting to just enjoy and not look at your garden through a camera-lens, wondering what is "blog-worthy." I've so enjoyed your blog, and appreciate your being such a faithful reader of mine. I will miss you, Laurrie!

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  5. Ohhhh Laurrie!!! I will so miss your wonderful space here. You have taught me so much through your knowledge and journey. But I understand that you feel like just enjoying. I think about this and wonder how long I will go on. I am glad that you will still have your diary so I can check in with your garden over there! Thank you for inspiring friend and all the best to you!!!! Nicole xo

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  6. You'll be missed! I do understand what you are saying however and I must admit to considering the doing the same thing… in the end I've decided that fewer posts was the direction I'd take… best of luck to you and thank you for all your hard work over the past four years… Larry

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  7. I have enjoyed your blog and your garden so much! Now you go and enjoy it too. I'll check in at your other blog whenever I can!

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  8. Laurrie,

    Your voice and photos will be missed.

    But I hear where you're coming from. I've started and abandoned several blogs in my day - You can see one of my old blogs here that has been 'temporarily' offline for three and a half years now (http://1greenproduct.wordpress.com/).

    For me, the decision to blog or not revolves around (a) whether I have something to say and (b) whether the blog is a blessing or a burden.

    If you feel you've said your piece and the blog is becoming burdensome, by all means move on.

    But I hope you'll the advice of some other commentators and just consider posting less frequently - even a monthly update would be nice.

    That said, if you decide to call it a day, I'll join the others in thank you for sharing your experiences over the past few years and wish you all the best living your life fully IRL (In Real Life) :)

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  9. Oh, bummer. You will be missed. I'm glad you will keep on with your online journal though.

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  10. Oh, I understand this feeling so well but I'll be sad to not see updates in my reader. Yours is one of my very favorite blogs. I'm so glad you'll be keeping on with the diary!

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  11. I will certainly miss your witty garden writing Laurrie. You deserve to enjoy your garden as you wish. I will miss you though. Your weeds will really be sorry now because you will have more time to devote to keeping them out of your beautiful garden. Cheers...

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  12. Laurrie, As you know, I totally understand your decision to lessen the blogging responsibilities. After five years of blogging at Joene's Garden, I've considered the same, but I ultimately chose to continue. However I am doing so under my terms, rather than the generally imposed requirements for making one's blog popular. I now post when I choose and am no longer concerned about getting more readers since the original purpose of my blogging was to chronicle my gardening experiences as an outlet for me. If, during this process, others found/find my posts interesting and educational ... Great! If not, I am staying true to my blog's original purpose, as an outlet for me. I applaud your Journal pages ... they give you the venue to write your thoughts, ideas, successes, and disappointments without feeling you need to post to keep your blog active. Bravo, and please stop by occasionally to offer your suggestions and thoughts. I plan to peruse your Journal pages .... hope you don't mind if I make a comment or two there. Happy gardening ... Enjoy!

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  13. I'll miss your blog, Laurrie. It is one of the best out there. But since I am struggling with the same thing, after only 1 1/2 years of blogging, I totally understand your decision. Sometimes blogging seems more of a burden than anything else.

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  14. I can only second what everyone else has said. I've recently found it hard to motivate myself to write posts and I'm hoping its the winter blues that have got me down. Like others, I hope you just reduce the posts to a few as there very inspirational, but keep it on your terms. Now go and enjoy yourself!

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  15. Sorry, had to delete my last comment due to bad grammar.

    I wanted to add to my first post. I'm sad that you don't want to post here anymore, but I have very much enjoyed reading your writing for the past 4 years. I've enjoyed the pictures too. When I look at my sorry lawn I often think of the magical spring green of your garden, set off by the lush grass. It all goes so well together! Enjoy your garden!

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  16. You all are so kind -- thank you!!!

    I'll be visiting your blogs. And you can stop by and see what I'm up to on my journal, if you don't mind confused thoughts and a little bit of whining. I'm still gardening and still writing about it!

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  17. So sad to hear this news. Thank you for sharing your garden adventures with us. I have enjoyed every post.

    Laura

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  18. NOOOOOO!!!!! Sadness and despair! I miss you already. :(

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  19. Laurie, I am so sorry to hear this. I love reading your blog. I'll be peeking in on your journal - it's your personality that we love and both your blog and your journal reflect it.

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  20. Laurrie I am sad to hear this but do understand....I will check out your journal as I will miss your posts!!

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  21. Oh, Laurrie, I will miss you and your lovely weeds! This makes me sad, but I do understand. I started my blog four year ago last October, and I have wondered if I am going to do this forever! Blogging does take a lot more time and effort than I ever dreamed before I started. Best wishes for all your endeavors, and Happy gardening!!

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  22. Oh no, Laurrie! Like others I certainly understand this decision. I had to pretty much give my blog up due to time constraints but like Joene I will probably continue to post occasionally when the spirit moves me. Enjoy your garden! I'll be checking your journal from time to time to see what you're creating next.

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  23. Much better to move on than to continue if you're no longer passionate and enthusiastic about it. I am glad you'll still be sharing your journal, though, because I would miss you and your garden very much. When I only have time to read a few blog posts, I always choose yours as one of them. Enjoy your responsibility-free garden visiting!

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  24. It's very pity that you leave us, Laurrie. On the other side many gardeners stop their blogs after 4-5 years blogging. Don't know why. Are you tired and wanting to rest? I will glad to see you in my blog!

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  25. I'll miss catching up on your garden activities, Laurrie. It's been a wonderful journey watching your garden transform and grow.Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  26. I understand, but we are going to miss your witty, funny, and very original perspective on gardening. I wish you all the best Laurrie!
    Jennifer

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  27. I'll miss checking in to see what's happening in your garden.

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