Please notice that today is Thursday, August 1, 2013. I just want you to note when I actually wrote this because if you are reading this post anytime within 15-20 days or so of this date, then you are starting at the very beginning … right along with me. Welcome to Homestead Chronicles! We just went LIVE and we are THRILLED that you are here! My name is Jo Relimme (rhymes with Bellamy) and getting here has been quite the labor of love. I apologize to those who were expecting us to go live last spring. Sometimes, things just do not happen as planned.
My husband (Eddie) & I are currently urban homesteaders with a dream to retire to our 110 acre plot in Hocking County, Ohio within the next 7-10 years. City dwellers all our lives, we purchased the property in 2008 and have been working hard to prepare ourselves for the transition ever since. Once that transition happens, we will go from being urban homesteaders to being rural homesteaders. (Help me, Lord! What HAVE I gotten myself into?)
To sum it up, Homestead Chronicles is a homesteading blog (urban, suburban & rural) and our mission is to chronicle the effort of transitioning from a city homestead to a country homestead, and in the process, share our homesteading successes & failures so that others may learn from them, and at that same time, we hope to learn from you and your experiences, too. So regardless of your homestead experience level, join in and share! We are glad you are here and we are eager to learn more about you and from you! Well, that is the mission in a nutshell. There is a bit more to it than that, so if you want a little detail, check our About page here.
In this first post, I want to give you a feel for where this blog is headed so you can decide whether it is for you. I have been an avid blog reader for years and have defined what I look for in a blog. My research shows I am not alone. Many of us (maybe most of us) look for blogs that have:
- A clearly defined mission (see above) that we can relate to (you get to decide that)
- A broad topic with many closely related sub-topics
- Brief, easy, pleasant to read, regularly timed posts with something that is actually USEFUL … a take away … something we can apply in our own lives (so no, I will not tell you what we are having for dinner but I will share recipes!) and ….
- Useful resources like links to more in depth reading, illustrative photos, and the occasional chuckle
Not to oversimplify … I will be the first to admit that getting this blog off the ground (technically) has NOT been easy, and that does not count my apprehension and self-doubt. That said, I do promise to hold as true to these basic blogging principles as I can. And in keeping with those principles, let me be very clear:
- Our mission appears above (3rd paragraph)
- This is a homesteading blog and it will have many useful subtopics (IF you are interested, that is … homesteading is the broad topic and it breaks into gardening, food processing, preservation, meat processing, butchering, fence building, wild edibles … etc. etc.)
- I will keep my posts as brief as possible and still give you a takeaway
- I will strive to provide you with useful, but lighthearted, pleasant reading material for your enjoyment and occasionally, maybe even make you laugh
This is my mission as a blog author. Please feel free to let me know if you think I am not meeting my objectives. I am eager to get your feedback!
PS … I have a bunch of posts lined up to follow here on the blog and we have great Pinterest boards you might want to check out. So visit often. The fun begins NOW!