Today is an anniversary -- the 4th anniversary of Lines from Linderhof -- the blog edition (for there's been a newspaper edition since 1997).
What began as a lark in 2008 has become a source of joy to me as I write about our lives at Linderhof -- and write I have for I've done 1141 posts since that first one on May 5, 2008.
I had visited a few blogs -- my first was Pat at Back Porch Musings. Her photographs were amazing and I cannot remember how I first stumbled upon her blog, but stumble I did and I was smitten. I still am. For I always look forward to new posts from Pat.
Somehow, too, I found Mrs. Blandings -- and because she blogged from close to where I used to live, Patricia became a regular read in the morning.
And then I took the plunge. I found bloodspot and followed directions. No one told me how to do it or what to do (although I have asked Mrs. B occasionally for advice or help and she did take me under her wing when I first started.) I just figured it out for myself including downloading and posting pictures.
My camera at that time was a Nikon point and shoot. A simple camera. And inside, I always used the flash until somewhere, somehow, I discovered that one really shouldn't -- that pictures were better without the flash.
And my first post -- Sally's Iris -- had 15 views and 0 comments. Oh how I wanted comments!
But the comments finally came as did more views. More and more of each as time went on.
And I met friends --
Readers who came and commented regularly.
And I met friends --
readers who emailed instead of commenting so that we had a real conversation.
And I met friends --
Maggie from My Life in Normandy in England last spring, Cass from That Old House in Connecticut last fall, Mrs. B, of course, in the city (actually at Ina Garten's book signing about which we both posted), Pat from On Crooked Creek, Michelle from A Haus To Call Home, Bernideen from Bernideen's Tea Time Blog, (in a Hardee's off of I-70 in Kansas City!), Nancy from Acorn Cottage and Carrie from The Art and Flair of Being Domestic, both came to my Garden Tour -- Nancy had planned on coming for the tour but Carrie's visit was a surprise!
I've grown and Lines from Linderhof has grown over the years. The pictures that accompany the stories have improved -- I look at those first pictures and feel that they look so amateurish. A better camera (a Digital SLR Nikon D3000) and iPhoto has certainly helped with the quality of the photos at Lines from Linderhof.
And we're now a dot com. My IT educated son-in-law was so impressed with my blog that I had done all by myself that he bought me a dot com -- linesfromlinderhof.com and I moved from my bloodspot address.
Lines from Linderhof still is a blog about life in a small town on the prairie of Southeastern Kansas. What we do in the garden, changes that we make in the house (even it if it just rearranging a tabletop) and the food that we eat.
I enjoy my home. I enjoy my garden. I especially enjoy my kitchen. Husband Jim and I enjoy sharing the home, the garden and our table with friends.
I like to think that each and every reader, whether they comment or not, and many don't, enjoys Linderhof as much as we do. And all are my friends.
Two important things on my sidebar -- the 452 followers that I have. You mean a lot to me. And The Friends of Linderhof -- those are the blogs I read first thing in the morning.
Thanks to each and every one of you who visits Linderhof whether daily or weekly and a special thanks to those who leave comments -- you always make me smile!
To see how things have changed, I thought the picture for today's post needed to be of Linderhof 2012 -- the boxwoods are much bigger, the liarope has filled in so that the sidewalk is completely lined and the honeysuckle has not only grown over the front arbor but is really thick.
But the old house is really the same!
As a thank you to those who visit Linderhof, I have a box of one of my favorite teas, Harney's Hot Cinnamon -- it's great for cold weather but it's even better when one bag is added to two family size bags of Luizianne when you brew your iced tea.
I'll draw on the 9th because four years agao, that was the date that I got over 20 comments on a post!