Seven Years Blogging

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Seven years ago today, I wrote my first blog post: My Goals for Cold Climate Gardening

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Minneapolis Jan August 30, 2010, 10:53 am

Congratulations – the Julia Child blog (movie basis) was what?, a one year blog?

This is my very first endeavor into this environment, although I have been reading your commentaries often and didn’t even realize it was a “blog”; just knew how much I enjoyed reading it and thought it was a “website”.

Wish I knew all the garden locations of your fan club. Seems to me that you have provided a wealth of info to many people. Thank you. Jan

Kathy Purdy August 30, 2010, 11:23 am

Thank for visiting and commenting, Jan. A blog is just a specialize website. I consider mine kind of a hybrid, as I strive to provide information pages that are rather static and a blog that is regularly (ahem, more or less) updated.

Dragonfly Lady September 20, 2009, 2:13 pm

You are an inspiration to newby bloggers, I have been reading for a while but only recently have started to comment since being told the importance of it. Thanks for sharing your garden path treasures with us.
.-= Dragonfly Lady´s last blog ..5 Tips to Prevent Plant Diseases in Your Garden =-.

Anna/Flowergardengirl September 1, 2009, 2:12 pm

Congratulations! I consider you at the tippy top of the gardening best blogs!

Daffodil Planter August 31, 2009, 2:36 pm

So does that mean you have seven rings?

Congratulations on your fine blog, your leadership, and your continuing creativity. And thanks for being kind to the stream of newcomers like me.
.-= Daffodil Planter´s last blog ..My garden reminds me of a Bergman film =-.

Donalyn August 29, 2009, 9:19 am

Congratulations Kathy – not just longevity in blogdom but generosity too!
.-= Donalyn´s last blog ..Rainy Day Begonia =-.

Mary S. August 28, 2009, 5:16 pm

Seven years! Wow! Congratulations on your good work.
.-= Mary S.´s last blog ..Bee Condo Attacked! =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:19 pm

And thank you for Northern Gardener magazine, a terrific resource for all us cold climate gardeners.

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com August 28, 2009, 3:09 pm

Seven years! Impressive. I’m just about to complete two years! Seven years is a great tribute to your dedication and devotion to making a blog work. We can all learn from you. Thanks for being a pioneer! 🙂
.-= Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com´s last blog ..Butterfly Gardens: Host Plants vs. Nectar Plants =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:18 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn. We can all learn from each other.

Robin August 28, 2009, 1:49 am

A true pioneer and inspiration to all us newbies. Cheers to your lucky 7 and wishing you many more.
.-= Robin´s last blog ..Enjoy Your Mint Harvest =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:17 pm

Thanks, Robin. Did you ever read my Garden Blogger Pioneer Series?

Mr. McGregor's Daughter August 27, 2009, 10:12 pm

You’re such an inspiration, with all you have to do, how you continue to write such informative and insightful posts. Congratulations – seven years is quite an achievement.
.-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..Spotlight on Spikenard =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:15 pm

Mr. McGregor’s Daughter, I just can’t post every day, as much as I’d like to. That’s why I can keep going–I pace myself.

Dee/reddirtramblings.com August 27, 2009, 9:07 pm

Congratulations my dear friend. You’ve become a resource for one of the most difficult areas in which to garden, and we are all grateful. I love reading about your climate and what works for you, and I’m glad we’re friends.~~dee
.-= Dee/reddirtramblings.com´s last blog ..Their last haircut =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:14 pm

Hi, Dee! I enjoy reading about how different gardening is in Oklahoma. Sometimes it makes my head spin! I don’t think it’s any easier there, just different.

Layanee August 27, 2009, 8:33 pm

Seven years and you still have plenty of important thoughts and pictures to share. I always learn something over here. Congrats to you and seven+ more to come.
.-= Layanee´s last blog ..Impatiens balsamina – Touch-me-not =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:13 pm

Layanee, I’m flattered to think you learn something when you come here, because you are very knowledgable and your garden is beautiful.

Garden Mad August 27, 2009, 7:28 pm

Congratulations! I have only been blogging for 9 months and started out of frustration in not having someone to share my garden thoughts with. My family are male and are 100% into sport and 0% into gardening so it get kind of lonely here. I love reading the blogs from around the world and even if they are promoting their sites to generate cash, so what – we all need money to invest in our gardens and if it helps keep someone sane it is a public service too!

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:12 pm

Garden Mad, I was lonely for fellow gardeners before I started blogging, too.

commonweeder August 27, 2009, 5:55 pm

Congratulations! You certainly had a clear vision before you started. Onward to more helping and delighting.
.-= commonweeder´s last blog ..Whither My Wisteria =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:11 pm

Yes, commonweeder, onward and upward in the garden.

Leah Lovelock August 27, 2009, 5:27 pm

Congratulations – I’ve just found your Blog so am having a look around. I love the pic of the little squirrels? on your code of ethics page. We get frosts where I am in winter, even though I live in sunny Queensland, so back to your blog to find some hardy frost tolerant plants. Congrats again
.-= Leah Lovelock´s last blog ..Aug 20, Unique Gift Ideas =-.

Kathy Purdy August 27, 2009, 7:18 pm

Hi, Leah–those are chipmunks. The photos rotate so you might see them on any page.

Diana August 27, 2009, 5:27 pm

Happy Blogaversary, Kathy! You’ve blazed a blogging trail that we’re all proud to follow. Hope you do something fun to celebrate — you deserve it.
.-= Diana´s last blog ..Be careful what you wish for… =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:10 pm

Unfortunately, Diana, I came down with a cold. But really, reading all these comments is treat enough!

Shirley Bovshow "EdenMaker" August 27, 2009, 4:57 pm

You accomplished your goals and much more. You are a leader among gardening bloggers. Thanks for your initiative.
Shirley Bovshow

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:09 pm

You’re welcome, Shirley. You’re an innovator in your own right.

Susan aka Miss R August 27, 2009, 4:49 pm

Congratulations! Do you have the 7 year itch?
.-= Susan aka Miss R´s last blog ..My Garden State|The Meadowlands and the Hackensack River =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:09 pm

I itch to write and garden more, and to make this website better, Miss Rumphius.

Lisa Richards August 27, 2009, 4:41 pm

Happy Anniversary!

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:07 pm

Thank you, fellow old timer! Your blog–and your focus–has certainly changed since the good ol’ days.

Tatyana August 27, 2009, 2:52 pm

Seven years? Congratulations! I didn’t know that blogging existed so long ago! Of course, I was busy with my twins then and couldn’t even think about a computer.
.-= Tatyana´s last blog ..Vintage? Rustic? I Like It! =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:06 pm

Yes, blogging’s been around for more than seven years. My family started a blog with Blogger the year before.

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove August 27, 2009, 2:10 pm

Wow, Congratulations, it looks like you have achieved all of your goals. I cannot believe how determined you were seven years ago. Heres to another seven!
.-= Deborah at Kilbourne Grove´s last blog ..Storm Update =-.

Kathy Purdy August 28, 2009, 9:05 pm

Thanks, Deborah. I really could not have imagined how blogging has changed.