Thanks to Snotmaggedon and Snowpacalypse 2014, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands. I am letting Crazy Pants watch so much TV I’m sure his brain has been reduced to green goo, but he’s so sick that I just need him to sit still, rest, and stop screaming about EVERYTHING. So, when I’m not cleaning up runny noses (yup, Teddy Bear has it too) and other random messes around the house (read: dog vomit), I’m blogging, updating my blog, and reading/commenting on other blogs. Pretty enjoyable, minus the sinus pressure and the lack-of-sleep delirium.
As some of you may remember, I made my first attempt at a blog-along/link-up back in December 2013. I did have one participant, Kerry at Winding Road, but I must admit, I was hoping for more. I will further admit that my delivery was TERRIBLE. It was rather last-minute so the publicity was sub-par. My fault.
I think that blog-alongs, linkys, blog-hops, blog carnivals, and whatever else they might be called are a ton of fun and great for building our community. Today, I read Kerry’s blog post Remember the Time I Harvested Your Crops? that is part of the blog hop, “Remember The Time” by Are You Finished Yet? and The Waiting. I’m excited to write a piece for the RTT blog hop because I love to reminisce, and I have some great stories to tell. I’m hoping to deliver some pee-your-pants moments. Over the summer, I participated in Art in August with Kate over at Laptop on the Ironing Board. That was a lot of fun and made some new bloggy friends.
Today, I was thinking, “I REALLY want to host a blog hop, but what sort of topic would be unique to my blog?” So as I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, I just let my mind wander. I finally landed in summertime after taking a trip through spring. Despite the unimaginable amount of snow at my house, I know spring is just around the corner and we will be planting our garden again. Then, after months of blood, sweat, and tears, it will be time to put up all of nature’s bounty for the next winter. This lead me to think about one of my posts for Art in August, Thanks Be to Nature, Good Friends & Family. I had a few comments where some of you lovely readers mentioned wishing you could or would put up food, too. So it is decided…
Introducing the: Of Course I Can! Blog Hop
This blog hop will officially begin in August 2014. I picked this month because I won’t be putting anything in jars before then. Maybe blackberry jam, but that’s doubtful. Some of you are in places where you may be able to get going before me so don’t let my time-table hold you back. I am giving us such a long lead-up time to (1) give this blog hop an excellent head start and (2) give all the new canning initiates plenty of time to gain confidence and collect supplies. I will post once a month about a canning-related topic to help you build your own knowledge base and to ask questions. I want canning to seem as welcoming as possible and I want this to be FUN!
Are you in?
You’ve got 6 months to prepare!
Also, if you know how to create a “button,” I’d love to hear from you!