2016 was a tough year for the blog. Things started out strong, but our move quickly took center stage and left little time for tending the garden, let alone writing about it. It was difficult to sit out the garden season, as month after month pass without having the time or content to publish a post, but it did give me some time to gain a little perspective and reflect on the future of this blog.
This blog has been immensely important to me over the past six and a half years. It (and the community that has grown with it) has been a constant companion through the pain of multiple pregnancy losses and the agonizing wait to adopt. It has been an avenue to discover and share my passion and abilities. It has been a place to document my evolution as a gardener, writer, and photographer.
My life has changed a lot since I started blogging, as a newlywed, timidly writing about transforming an old sandbox into our first vegetable garden. We now have a toddler, a new house, and a new garden, just to name a few things that have happened in the last nine months. It is only natural that the blog should evolve too, right?
When I first started blogging back in 2010, it was a little bit of an experiment. I started Sweet Domesticity as a personal blog to write about whatever happened to be going on in our lives, which just happened to include getting our very first garden up and running. About a year later, after coming to the realization that 1) I really enjoyed writing about gardening and 2) that the gardening posts were actually gaining some traction outside of the small handful of friends and family who knew about the blog, I made the decision to turn Sweet Domesticity into a garden blog. At the time, I went back and forth about keeping the name, but ultimately I decided to stick with it because it had such significant meaning for me at that time in my life.
In the years that followed, I had a good amount of success with the blog, but I could never quite shake the feeling that my branding was still somewhat of an obstacle, and the occasional email or comment from a reader that the name is hard to remember/spell/pronounce, only confirmed that feeling.
To be completely honest, there have been times in recent months where I have wondered if I should just be done with blogging, but every time I entertained that thought, I just couldn’t go through with it. There is still something deeply satisfying about what I have been able to accomplish on these pages and I still have more to share. The more I sat with it, the more clear it became the answer was not to give up the blog, but to re-brand it.
And so I am going for it! By the end of the month, Sweet Domesticity will become My Minnesota Garden!
The timing for this change feels right. Not only are we at the start of a new year and a new garden season, but I am starting a new chapter as a gardener in a new home.
What does this mean for you, the reader?
From a logistical standpoint, hopefully not too much. Your favorite posts from the archives will be moved over to the new domain, and you will not need to take any action to continue to follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr. Those of you who follow along by subscription or an RSS feed service will need to do a one time update to continue to receive new posts in your email and/or feed. There may be some temporary hiccups, but by all indications, it should be a relatively easy move. I will be posting announcements and updates on Facebook throughout the next couple of weeks as I make the transition.
From a content standpoint, it means a re-energized blog and blogger. In the short few weeks I have been working on this project, the creative juices have been flowing again! I am in the process of designing a brand new raised bed garden that I am soo excited to share with you! I have a huge new yard full of perennials to learn about. I have ambitious ideas about kid-friendly garden structures, pollinator gardens, and a small grove of fruit trees. I still have plans to become a suburban beekeeper. I feel confident that whatever attrition might occur as a result of the rebrand will be insignificant to what I stand to gain by having a more easily recognizable identity as a garden blog. Tapping into that potential will hopefully also enhance the community experience both here on the blog and on social media. It will be a win-win for those of you who are looking for solid, engaging content about gardening.
To all of you who continue to follow, you have my sincerest thanks for your loyalty. The best is yet to come!