I’m cheering for Auburn in the BCS Bowl. Auburn is in Alabama – a state I’ve never visited. I don’t even like football much but I do read a mind-stretching blog by Professor Jose Llanes, of the Education Department there and hence, I now find some affinity with this Southern school.
I committed to blogging as a method to ensure that I’d write regularly. It worked. Of course there were a couple of weeks where too many days elapsed between posts or where I just got stumped on the next best thing to share. At any given time I have 18 – 20 draft posts going so, each week, I open it up and see what inspires. If I’m not certain what to write about, taking a walk will usually work it out in my head.
Originally I’d envisioned that I’d show you what arrived in my CSA delivery each week and tell you what I did with it and perhaps relate to a larger life lesson. That didn’t exactly happen. I start out that way but find that I’m struck by an article or an event or an obscure piece of research that seems worthy of a greater audience. Some of you have been kind enough to include me in blog awards. I’ve received the Creative Blogger, the Versatile Blogger, and the Rock Star Blogger. I’m absolutely flattered and thankful to Nancy Hatch, Todd Pack, and Estrella Azul but selfishly I never pass them along only because there is so much material that I enjoy in the blogosphere.
I received beans in the mail! Honest to goodness homegrown pinto beans from Linda on a Colorado farm and a well written and fun book titled Be Your Own Life Coach from Diane Scholten. I got to meet Susanintherain while on vacation and had a thrilling moment when at a local coffee shop, a friendly stranger turned around and asked, “are you Agrigirl?” Although my intention was to write about building community through things like Community Supported Agriculture, what I didn’t envision is the community that I would become part of since starting this journey. I read and comment and you honor me in the same way and it’s abundant. The diversity of the readership is thrilling. So beyond my personal desire to write more, this sense of community building is both fascinating and wonderful.
Over the past year I’ve had a couple of opportunities to promote my blog publicly and while that has certainly added readers, one law of blogging appears to be that we have to give to get. Reading and commenting produces more readers and more comments. The time that it takes is something that we must all reconcile and I’m open to suggestions.
As I look to this New Year and think about what direction I’ll take, I’d love to hear from you. The absolute most popular post of 2010 was Agrigirl’s Blog of Practical Houseplants which was originally intended as a spoof on T.S. Eliot. Visitors to this post exceed all others exponentially. Eggplant and the Five Freedoms is a distant second primarily for having been selected as civics curriculum in a school district and an endorsement received by Kid’s Voting. I’m grateful for both.
I just received an email from a spinner in West Virginia requesting that I write about nutrition issues affecting the elderly. I’m flattered and intrigued and will do some research. Several folks have asked me to talk more about the 10 Recipes idea and I’d like to do that. There are also many of you who love the idea of Community Building experiments like Food Stamp Fail and maybe a Crock Pot Camp. My challenge to the school lunch program has faltered as my son changed schools but that is a popular topic thanks to Mrs. Q. And as I learn of other community building concepts that are making a difference, I’ll do my best to bring them to you.
Let me hear from you. What directions would you like to see Agrigirl take over the next year?
- 2 cups water
- 2 fresh dill sprigs plus 2 tablespoons chopped dill leaves
- 2 large scallions, white and pale green parts cut into 1-inch pieces and dark green parts chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen black-eyed peas
- lemon wedges as garnish
Bring water, dill sprigs, white and pale green parts of scallions, salt, and 2 tablespoons oil to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, covered. Reduce heat to moderately low, then add peas and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until peas are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool, uncovered, then transfer mixture with any liquid to a serving dish and stir in chopped dill, scallion greens, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil.
Happy New Year!