Sunday, 21 August 2011

One year of my little garden in Japan

Lately there is a lot of things going on, and because of that I have been neglecting the blog a lot. It is almost the end of the month and I only have done one post. Also, and I have to apologize for this, I haven't been replying the comments that you leave. And, even thought many things are happening in the garden, I have lost the motivation to write about it a bit. So, when I got the notice for the renewal of the blog domain, I was starting to think if it was best to stop.

But then, just when I was about to decide on stopping, something really cool happened; I started to get a lot of emails, tweets and messages about the blog from people wondering how come I have not written in so long and asking for more advice on gardening. Then, without me noticing, the blog turned one year old and I got even more emails and messages with congratulations and nice comments. I was so amazed, I had no idea my little garden in japan had such an impact.

I have always thought of the blog as a little personal journal that I write just to keep as a reminder of how my balcony garden did through the seasons, a small keepsake to learn from experience. I never thought people rely on it for advice, look forward to seeing the posts to find something new to try on their own garden or that it would really be missed if I stopped.

But, I was not right. I didn't noticed but the blog grew and become about much more than just my little balcony. Many people come looking for the stories searching for some advice or trying to get some inspiration. All this time I thought it was maybe only an amusing story to read, it never occurred to me that I was a main source of information. It is amazing to me, I had no idea.

Now I really understand, it is definitely how they say: A blog is also built by the readers. It is fantastic knowing that there is such a great audience and that my advice is being useful. Now I feel very motivated to continue and I will keep going with the blog, hopefully for a long time.

In the end there is just one simple thing I can say to all of you who read my little garden in japan

Thank you very much! You are great.

My little garden in japan


  1. Happy 1st Anniversary, Fer!! Congratulations.

    I love how you said, "A blog is also built by the readers." How true. Nothing feels better than seeing people's response to what you have to say. Then when you find out they are 1/2 a world away, its even more amazing! All the best on many, many more posts! :D --Shyrlene

  2. Glad you're sticking with it Fer and happy blogiversary

  3. This is a common feeling and it does take time and thought. Keep plodding along, your balcony garden is unique!


  4. Glad to see you back Fer, not the same without your input.

  5. Thank you very much! I will try to keep it up

  6. Oooh, I thought you were simply on a vacation! I'm so glad you don't quit coz I really like your blog.

    Not only for the sensible advice you give but also because it's your very cute balcony garden and you talk about other personal stuff.

    You're a very likable guy :-)

  7. Happy Blog Anniversary! I think you have inspired so many people to grow/garden even in limited space.

  8. Welcome back Fer and Congratulations on reaching the 1 year mark as a blogger!!!

  9. Hi Fer: I usually follow my "favorites" through Blotanical, and wondered why your blog hadn't popped up on the list for a while. I'm glad you've decided to stick with it because I truly enjoy visits to Japan and your garden through your blog. Congrats on your anniversary! Cheers!

  10. Happy blogaversary! You have been bobbing at the back of my mind - haven't seen a post from Fer forever!

  11. Congratulations on your anniversary. I am so glad you are going to keep going.


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