Today will be just another day here on the urban homestead with chores, gardening tasks, preserving and harvesting to do.
But it’s not just a regular ol day. Today is a special, slightly sentimental, day here on the urban homestead. Though momentous in a way I am going to keep this entry short and sweet.
Can you believe that it’s been eight years since the first entry was written here at LHITC on July 16, 2001
(Just to clarify PTF has been online since 1999 and in 2000 started featuring the best agriculture, environmental and sustainable opinions, stories, links and news of the day but the actual online documentation of our personal journey to live a more self reliant life here in the city came a year later).
That makes LHITC almost as old as Google (by a few), older than Myspace, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Like Ma Ingalls would say “Gracious!” (or at least I think she said that)
With encouragement from Farmer D, I started documenting our family’s urban homesteading journey before there was even blogs (or the word “blog”in the vocabulary) Back in the days, everything was done manually with prehistoric html coding. I cringe each time I remember the barbaric conniptions we had to go through to archive entries.
After the GMO contamination back in 2000 we were upset/angry and Farmer D proposed we protest not on the streets (there was a big rally down in San Diego) but by living a revolution. I remember thinking to myself “I’ve been living like this my whole life, who’d be interested in our gardening adventures, low impact lifestyle habits, etc would we really make any waves.” Why not just pick up a sign?”
Well, so much for my doubts.
For awhile it was lonely, being the first urban homesteading site/blog on the internet, there really wasn’t a roadmap or other examples. But no longer! These last few years we’ve seen a surge of urbanites striving to live a more sustainable, self reliant life.
By throwing out one little pebble, we can now see evidence of the huge influence LHITC has had on the urban sustainability movement.
Ok, I said I was going to keep it short, so….
I could rundown a a couple dozen, or more, LHITC hightlights from these past eight years but haven’t a clue where to start – there’s just too many.
Instead, I am going to make two wishes.
One, I am going to turn the tables this birthday put the spotlight on you our readers. This time I am going to step back and let you tell us what your favorite post, part or how long you’ve actually been visiting us. Lurkers are encouraged, to well, no longer lurk.
We’d like to improve and do a few upgrades to the journal this year with easier search features, even an entire photo gallery.
And here’s where my second wish comes in. If this site has helped inspire you to not forget that PTF and LHITC could use your continued support so that we can be here another year and the year after that.
It’s been an amazing journey, one we couldn’t have done without the help and support from our readers.