It’s been exactly 829 days since we moved onto the homestead. That’s 2 years, 3 months, 1 week, and 4 days. I can’t decide if I feel that it’s been longer or shorter than that. When I wrote my first blog post it was only with the intention to share with family and close friends. I always thought I would get a little more serious “once we had more going on”. If you’re actively homesteading you might laugh at that sentence as I do because there’s always something going on when it comes to the homesteading lifestyle. As I mentioned in my previous post “How I Started Homestead Blogging“, I had a hard time finding homestead bloggers in my specific area for a long time. This challenge is what initially started my homestead blogging (and some major support from my mother-in-law) and since I started I’ve realized that it was just silly that I waited so long to start.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BLOGGING
I want you to understand that you do not have to have a large, extravagant blogging goal in order to start blogging. Maybe you don’t want thousands of people getting into your life, and that’s fine. You also might just hate writing and would rather make more of a “notes” type journal for yourself, that’s fine too. Growing a blog can be a lot of work…I know this because I’m currently trying. In the beginning, I wasn’t up for the challenge but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have been doing some form blogging all along.
Our ultimate goal at The Green Acre Homestead is to raise and grow at least 75% of our food and get as close to self-sufficient as we can so that our overall cost of living is significantly lower than it is now. Unfortunately, homesteading does require a base amount of money for things like lumber, fencing, start-up animals, etc. so as my husband works, I work towards achieving these goals alone, for the both of us and our future, unborn children. One of the reasons I’m personally attempting to monetize this blog is to contribute monetarily to our overhead and take some of the stress off of my sweet husband. The other reasons I’m blogging, and the reasons you should be too, fall in the line of importance first before monetary success.
It doesn’t really matter if you’re new to this lifestyle or not when it comes to reflecting. With anything in life, it’s good to reflect on your actions. Two years ago I had no idea what I was doing on this mini-farm. I’ve learned a massive amount of information over the last 829 days and I often find myself wishing that I had journal entries of some sort to go back and read from my very first days as a homesteader.
I never took notes on our very first gardens or when we started breeding rabbits or growing barley fodder. If anything, it would be useful to have a personal blog or journal on things like this so I know which mistakes to not make again!
This point ties into the point above, as it’ll tie into the point below, as well.
If you’re blogging or journaling, chances are you’re taking notes on important things. This could include which crops work best in your yard, which crops work best in certain beds or spots on your yard, which season is easiest to raise certain animals, and which aspects of your setups are costing you the most money. One of the best ways to learn is to fail and reflect. It also improves your likelihood of remembering what you’ve learned if you write it down.
For example, I recently started documenting information on breeding our rabbits, when their expected birthing day is after mating, etc. I now know that our doe, “Thump”, drinks an amazing amount of water while pregnant and hates using the nest I give her. Our second doe, “Mama”, doesn’t increase her water intake but is much more eager to eat and she loves her nest and prefers to prepare it about 2-3 days before her expected due date. When you document details like this it makes your life so much easier. It takes away the “wonder” aspect that, although sometimes fun, can be a real nuisance at times. It’s been great to have tools to aid me in guessing if my doe’s pregnancy “took” or not.
As mentioned earlier, I’m currently running our homestead alone while my husband brings in the funds to make it all possible. We hope for him to one day have a larger role out in the yard and that means I’ll have to show him the ropes. We’ll also have kids one day so I’ll be teaching multiple people how to run this acre and a quarter of land in the future. Can you just imagine how nice it will be to have this blog in 5, 10, 15 years? It’ll be like my own personal family textbook on homesteading at The Green Acre Homestead.
If you’re new to homesteading I bet you rely heavily on sources such as Pinterest to learn, I know I did and still do. Pinterest has brought me to some of the very best bloggers and I owe almost everything I know to their posts. As my blog grows I hope to be that source for at least one person. I hope someone ends up on my page wondering and leaves knowing a little more than they did about the topic they were wondering about. Not to mention, if you ever DID want to grow and/or monetize your blog, think of how easy it’ll be if you’ve already been blogging for years! You’ll have more than enough posts to get you started.
WHAT’RE YOU WAITING FOR?
I really can promise you that won’t regret journaling, blogging, taking notes, whatever you want to call it when it comes to your homestead. I especially urge new-to-it-all homesteaders to do it but if you’re a seasoned homesteader and you’re not already documenting your experiences, it isn’t too late to start!