The title Gardening Nirvana and the tag line pics and prose sit undisturbed at the top of my blog. They’ve been holding hands since May, 2011. I briefly altered my tag line last October in honor of Halloween but the following month I put everything back, nice and tidy. Nearly four years and over 800 posts later, it fits like a well-worn garden glove.
So, what’s in a name? If I were selling something, I might have put more thought into a catchy title. Instead, I joined two words from the dictionary and called it a day. I planned to write about my experiences gardening and the joy that comes from putting your hands in the earth, hence:
noun: the planning and cultivation of a garden
nir·va·na (nîr-vän, nr-)
noun: An ideal condition of rest, harmony, stability, or joy.
When the winter months rolled around that first year, I had a bit of a freak out: what would I write about during the more dormant months?
I needn’t have worried. Once I hit my stride and developed a blogging community, the subject of my posts didn’t matter. It was more about sharing my experiences in and out of the garden. Local hikes, a trip to Victoria, and our Little Free Library all made it into the blog. I’ve shared personal essays, linked up with other bloggers and even shared one or two do-it-yourself projects.
And with that, I think I’ve written my new tag line: sharing my journey in and out of the garden.
As for a new title, I still don’t know. My tag cloud makes one thing crystal clear: the word Gardening still stands out from the crowd.