This week last year I wrote my first post for Homegrown & Healthy. That was before it was H&H, when it was just a trial website and my sister-in-law, Danielle, and I were trying out. A few years ago we were introduced to CSA’s by Danielle and her husband (my hubby’s brother) and I was admittedly overwhelmed by the lack of information that I could find on local CSA’s. Once I began doing a little research I found out that there was an amazing amount of information out there if only you knew where to look. Once we finally got on board I was disappointed to realize that I knew little about the food we were getting– how to prepare it, the nutritional content, even how to store it. In doing this research for myself I concluded there must be others in the same boat that could benefit from this knowledge.
So H&H began.
Now here we are, a year later. I couldn’t be more proud. My vision for H&H has never been solid, I’ve always just trusted that it would end up where it should be and my mentality has been to simply let it ‘œgo with the flow’, for lack of better words.
When I say that Homegrown & Healthy has been a huge source of inspiration for me I don’t just mean the writers, but our audience as well. When you send me pictures of your gardens, your comments, your positive feedback, even your “likes”, it lets me know that you’re out there, appreciating the hard work that’s going into the site.
As a result we’ve grown steadily over the past year. We still have a long way to go, but next year it should be fun to look back on where we are at this moment and compare again. Some of these numbers, I realize, are pretty puny, but that’s just a reflection on where we need to grow.
As of today, we have:
- 789 followers on Facebook
- 12 followers on Twitter
- 13 followers on Pinterest
- 83 website subscribers
- 75 hits in the past day
- 2518 hits in the past 30 days
- 152 blog posts
In addition, we currently have four “full time” contributors (Jill, Leslie, Ash, myself) and two “part time” contributors (Danielle, Branwen).
To show how much we’ve changed over that time, here’s the first picture I shared of Cocobaby publicly (on May 24, 2011), beside a recent picture of her (February, 2012)
My first picture shared of Callie (June 2011) beside a recent picture of her (February, 2012)
Since we’ve started our online journey, hubby and I have lost at least 20 pounds each and kept it off. We don’t keep records of our weight loss since that’s not our goal, but it is a very pleasant side effect to eating healthy! Our family has reduced our waste by cutting out paper towels, switched to using cloth diapers (some of the time), and more than doubled the size of our garden. Callie’s snack area, where she packs her school lunch, is composed almost entirely of homemade snacks, no more pre-packaged granola bars or juice boxes around here.
Because of all of the wonderful things that this site has brought my way I also wanted to share that I recently renewed our site (along with domain name) for two more years, so we’re not leaving you all anytime soon and I hope you can make the same promise to us!
Once again, thank you thank you thank you, and please keep the support coming. I read everything that you guys write to us and love the feedback.
Here’s to another great year (and then some!) Aubrey