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I have been meaning to write a post about the three different circles where I travel in cyberspace, in other words, talk about my cohorts in posting. I started my blog in November 2011, mainly to document my CSA, and to learn how to use social media. Something we didn’t do all those years I worked for Uncle Sam. The Navy wasn’t keen on us using social media.

Now that I am retired and looking around to expand my circle of acquaintances I found this blog has triggered email correspondence, and in many cases, it has resulted in meeting people, as we do in the hocoblogs community.

I think we are due for another get together soon, as it has been awhile. Linking and reading each others’ posts is how I keep updated on what happens around here. Food, politics, social events and life in hoco in general. Plus, it got me into using facebook, and twitter, with connections made on both. Including Marshmallow Man and Gingerbread Girl.

The second circle is the locavore circle. I got into it, with a Dark Days Challenge, by attempting to find local meats, dairy, produce and staples during the down period when farmstands and farmer’s markets are not available. I learned that there is actually quite a bit around here in the county and surrounding Maryland counties, that make it easy to cook at least once a week using locally sourced items. My local resources page was built during that challenge.

Now, our group of ten women, who blogged all last winter, are continuing to read each others’ blogs, swap recipes, learn new techniques and keep in touch. The Soffrito, another hocoblogger, and I have met for coffee at the farmer’s markets and keep in touch by email. I have the list of all ten of us on my challenges page, and we have a file folder on the google reader, where we keep up with posts. Their blogs touch DC, VA, MD, SC, NC and TX. Rebecca at Eating Floyd is my source for learning to preserve foods. Emily at Sincerely Emily was our coordinator in last year’s challenge and kept us motivated throughout the long winter season. We intend to keep posting even if the Dark Days Challenge doesn’t materialize this winter.

AnnieRie Unplugged – me
Backyard Grocery Northern VA
Bumble Lush Garden near DC
Eat. Drink. Nourish. South Carolina
Eating Appalachia Blue Ridge VA
Eating Floyd Southwest VA
Family Foodie Survival Guide Northern VA
Sincerely, Emily Texas
The Soffritto right up the road in Woodstock
Windy City Vegan North Carolina

My third circle is the “What’s in the Box” circle. Started by Heather at In Her Chucks, this circle is the CSA and farmer’s market bloggers who link up weekly. I get a good source of information on what to do with strange new veggies, and have expanded my resources. Plus, In Her Chucks is a fun blog to read.

my CSA box

I almost feel like these blogging circles are the modern day equivalent of pen pals. I know that really dates me, to remember when we had pen pals and we, ***GASP***, sent snail mail, only we called them letters back then.

On November 2nd, my blog will be a year old. I am surprised that I still find enough to write about. Thankfully, there are lots of opportunities around here, and lots of inspiration. Thanks to the community here for linking us up, and spreading our thoughts around the area, and far beyond.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

7 responses »

  1. Great post! Thanks for the shout out. Glad to have you part of the circle 🙂

  2. I appreciate all your Posts…thanks so very much. I am a vegetarian and was inspired to buy local by Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable Miracle. I belong to the fantastic Breezy Willow CSA and have also signed up for the late Fall Sandy Springs CSA. You have kept me inspired.

  3. So glad to be part of your circles! Life has taken me away from regular blogging but I am ready to jump back in with both feet! Reading your blog is one of my continued sources of inspiration….and, yes, I feel like I am part of a super pen pal network too!

  4. I love our network of bloggers. And, the people who read all the time, and comment.

    Kathleen, we will probably run into each other if you pick up in Columbia.

    Liz, I feel like we created this small group of friends from the Dark Days Challenge. Love reading the posts on google reader.

    And, Heather your blog gets me huge numbers of views.

    This is really a sisterhood of people who love real food.

  5. Neat to read about your circle of “friends” and how they came to be. I too feel like (what Liz said) a super pen pal network. I am honored to be part of your circle. I think it is so so neat that you and victoria have met and keep in touch! Fun fun fun!

    • I use the google reader to keep up with everyone’s posts. Don’t always get to comment, but I love seeing all the recipes.

      You just reminded me. I owe Victoria an email to meet for coffee at one of the final markets this fall.

      Glad we are also extending our local challenge group. Sounds like we still have a core with interest to do our own Dark Days.

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