Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Our Little Acre" - The Story Behind the Name

Monica Milla (Garden Faerie's Musings) and Brenda Haas (BGgarden) were having a Twitter discussion one day, talking about how their blogs got their names. I knew how Bren's had gotten hers, but Monica's story was new to me. They decided to ask other bloggers to share their stories of how their blogs got their names. Here's mine:

August 2004
Since 1977, we have lived in rural northwest Ohio on a small plot of land. We've always had a vegetable garden, but it was only since 2005 that I got involved with gardening in a big way, and started growing ornamental plants, too. Lots of them. As my passion for growing deepened, our older daughter Kara recognized that I needed a way to share what was happening in our gardens. She suggested I start a blog.

I gave it some thought and decided to just do it. Younger daughter Jenna had this idea that I sat around all day eating bonbons and watching soap operas on the days I didn't work as a dental hygienist. (I had cut back dramatically on my work schedule to just half a day a week.)

June 2008
Sometimes I wrote it as a story, and sometimes in journal form. Initially, it was started just to share things with family and maybe some friends. But soon there were comments from people I didn't know. I had a Julie and Julia moment. ("People are actually reading what I wrote!")

That was almost five years ago now; my first post was published on January 2, 2007. Much has happened in those years - so many wonderful friendships formed and opportunities presented. Writing Our Little Acre has changed my life in ways that I could never have imagined and I'm grateful for Kara's suggestion. I used to hate writing (seriously!) and now I have to write, much as a runner just has to run.

Oh...the name? We live on an acre, of course.

To read The Story Behind the Name of other bloggers, visit Monica's post at Garden Faerie's Musings.


Becca's Dirt said...

Thats a good meme and topic. I'll have to think about mine and why I chose it. Anyway always loved your blog.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Kylee;
This is a fun meme. Kudos to Monica for coming up with this!

Wow. All of these years, reading your blog, and I never noticed before that you were in Ohio! (I don't know why, I thought you lived in Indiana.) I worked in Columbus and did my masters work in Cinci! I love Ohio (just not the ice storms.)

Anyhoo, just wanted to pop over and say hello. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. Half the fun of blogging is meeting so many great people like you and my favorite Garden Faerie...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can attest that your little acre is beautiful Kylee. I can't wait to buzz by again to see all of your improvements and meet the chickens. FUN.

Kylee Baumle said...

Becca ~ Thank you! :-)

Kate ~ It's understandable that you thought I was from Indiana. A lot of people think that! It's probably because one of the publications I write for is Indiana Gardener. I do live really close to Indiana - just about 10 miles or so from the state line.

I agree! Blogging has introduced us to so many great gardeners and people! :-)

Amy Andrychowicz said...

Great story. I'm jealous of your acre, I would love to have that much land! :-)


Robin Horton/Urban Gardens said...

Pat on the back to Kara for getting you off the couch to write! Having spent time with you, I can see you are a natural storyteller so had I known you back then I too would have encouraged you to write. What a gift I got to meet you!

Kylee Baumle said...

Lisa ~ Oh, thank you! And we'd be absolutely delighted to have you here again, anytime! :-)

Amy ~ Sometimes it's harder when there's that much, especially when it's pancake flat. Unless you want to actually "farm" the ground, you have to get a bit creative when it comes to landscaping!

Robin ~ Oh my goodness, Robin, what nice things you've said! I think you and I were destined to meet. We just have too many laughs together for that to have been by chance! I can't wait for the next time we can see each other! xoxo

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