Is 500 a milestone? I haven't yet decided. But let me say, when I started this blog (which has gone through many transformations since 2007,) I never dreamed of having 500 friends who shared my passion for rural living, animals, flowers, and of late, photography.
Some of you have known me long enough to remember when this blog was once called el vigilante and you will still find references to this name in and around the blogosphere. Roughly translated, it means caretaker in Spanish. Something you may or may not know, my great-grandfather (on my mother's side) emigrated from Spain to Canada in the early 1800s. I am very proud of my Spanish heritage.
At the time I created the first version of this blog, I viewed myself as a caretaker. Of the farm, of my children, of my husband, my pets, of me. That is still a big part of who I am, but I have grown much since those days -- and my blog grew with me. This is what makes blogging so amazing. I could not have had this revelation without the benefit of recording my thoughts, actions and photos over the past four years.
So although 500 followers, or as I like to refer to you, friends, may not be a number I thought I would ever achieve, it's definitely a good time to stop, reflect and celebrate our little community that I love so dearly.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, I'm giving away a Vintage Atlas canning jar,
filled with my own homemade cold-process lye soap.
This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, with a valid email address. Here's how you can enter:
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Entries will be accepted until midnight, September 11, 2011.
The winner will be selected and announced on September 12, 2011.