I’m selfish. Yep, I said it. It’s all about me. When I endeavor to cook a recipe, plant a garden, grow a chicken, I want the best possible result every time. I want to make very few mistakes and have mostly great outcomes. It’s one part lazy and one part time management. And one part preventing waste. Ok, so three parts.
1,000 heads are better than one. I’ve only lived one life so far (that I know of), so my experience is limited to my first hand experiments and what I have heard or researched. Having folks chime in with their experience, both positive and negative, cuts my learning curve by a zillion! (I did the math). It’s like driving down a paved road. It gets you to where you are going a lot faster than if you were traveling in a wilderness with no path to follow. Don't get me wrong, I like to meander also. But I'm a professional meanderer and going off-task is easier for me than blinking. So instead, when I want to get something done, I find someone who did it previously and follow their lead.
I work full-time outside the home. That gives me precious little time to dabble. When I have a few hours to plant the garden, that’s it. I hit the ground running. I need to have everything planned and ready to go. If I don’t prep correctly, I often
can’t go back to fix it, because life has already pulled me in another direction. Being able to read
other blogs and interact with Facebook friends has been a tremendous aid in narrowing my focus on a specific task. I see what I want to do, before I do it and that makes me more efficient. Blogging about my experience gives me a reference for later, when I want to repeat what I’ve already done. And maybe tweak it.
I wasn’t paying attention to my elders. Sad but true. I had several role models in my youth that could have taught me skills I’m trying to master now, but I was busy doing something else. Now that I’m “grown up” I don’t like the idea of throwing out my mistakes and it galls me when I realize that most of what I’m attempting should be second nature to me by now. Like cooking. My mom was a fantastic cook. I’m horrible. I have no natural ability at all. If you ask me to make a rub for a steak or roast, I have no idea what to put in it. I HAVE to use recipes. Otherwise I’d be tossing most of what I created. After raising our meat for the last year or so, I can’t risk ruining our meal for the opportunity to experiment. So, I
research, learn, test then blog. That’s how I process new information.
Possibly, there are folks out there like me. They’d like to try something new or revive a lost skill and want to know the best way to go about it. They come across The Pocket Farmer and see me making my own sourdough starter or find my recipe for salsa and they think maybe they’d like to try that for themselves. Maybe they read about my farm and garden adventures or find a post about Bob or Lucky and it makes them smile. And it inspires them to share a story of their own. Then, possibly, this blog isn’t all about me. Maybe, it is about US. :)
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