The warm weather and my landscape job are in full swing; the days are just flying by. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about you. In fact, when I am out gardening I have lots of brain time. So much so that I am going to be making a change I thought I’d tell you about.
You will have to forgive me because I haven’t written much lately and I struggle for the first little bit when I get back to telling stories.
Our little ol’ blog was featured last week, and as I was doing the interview, I was thinking back to when we started this whole thing, almost three years ago. Dave and I would sit in the garden with friends, enjoy a glass of wine and get asked either a question about wine or gardening.
Our eyes would light up, and we’d share a tip, a fun fact and typically a joke or quip. Over and over, we’d get the “You should have a blog” thing from people. After hearing this so many times, I guess we did just that – started a blog.
Originally, we just wanted an online place for people to hang out and share a glass of wine, a garden tour, and a laugh. It took awhile to develop a writing style. Learning the myriad of things concerning blogging was and continues to be a massive task. One that I secretly enjoy; so much so I rub my palms together gleefully every time I sit in my studio.
A few months into the whole blogging thing(2015), I had a friend/reader share an announcement about a food & wine competition. She said, “You should enter.” So I did. I’m very thankful to be positively influenced by those I met early on.
I won the contest and went to Paris, France. You can read all about it here. The trip is a series of articles that link to each other. Or just can be viewed by hitting the ‘read next’ button at the bottom of each page. Shortly before winning, I joined a group called the Food Bloggers of Canada. Many of my competitors were from this group, and maybe I felt uneasy winning something so big right out of the gate, and I’m not sure why, but after I came back to Canada, I felt like I owed this group something. I guess witnessing and living through a terrorist attack does that. Makes you want to fit in.
There are two different types of groups in the world. Ingroups, which as you can discern from the name are where you are IN, you fit. The people in this group get you and you, get them.
The other type of group is an Outgroup, and obviously, you never feel like you fit, you are on the outs. The food blogger group for me is an outgroup – when I speak up, I feel like a teenager from New Brunswick trying to score a goal with a PEI potato. Since the beginning of 2017, I’ve found my silence works best. I am staying in this group because I can’t always be where I fit, nor where I hear everything I want. I love the tension of both types of groups.
I am using my voice, however, to speak in a different way. Using pretty pictures of wine in the garden works, so does hanging out with friends laughing. It is the most natural thing. Kind of fits with my fave quote:
I am hitting a point where I want just to hang out and not necessarily focus on blogging. You should know that I’m hosting an online party. A place in the garden awaits you. It’s that simple.
Don’t forget to pour a glass of wine. xoxo Kellie