Today marks a pretty cool milestone for me. It was 10 years ago today that I hesitantly uploaded my very first video to You Tube. I was a great fan of those early gardening videos, although there weren’t many of them. I would spend my Saturday mornings searching them out and being inspired by them before getting out in the garden myself. There was a point where I could say ‘there wasn’t a gardening video on You Tube I hadn’t seen.’ It is very different today, everyone is at it! But back then my weekends were filled with familiar voices, many of whom are still sharing great content and others have fallen by the wayside. I enjoyed content from Sean James Cameron at ‘Diary of a UK Gardener’, Dan at ‘Allotment Diary’, Claire at ‘Claire’s Allotment‘, Patti Moreno at ‘GardenGirlTV‘ and the delightful ‘Gardenvespers777’, Donna at ‘Rainbow Gardens’ and ‘Webcajun’.
It was their friendliness that gave me the courage to upload my own video. For most of them they were just ordinary people with ordinary gardens sharing their passion, without drama or great production. You just needed to be yourself and you’d be fine, so with Hubby the Un-Gardener behind the camera I filmed my first video of my first garden in a very early incarnation. In those days videos could only be ten minutes long, so I had to split it in two in order to show it all. And with that I embarked on a social media journey that follows a similar path of the garden, getting bigger and better as time goes on.
Blogging came next, with my first writings appearing as part of a blogging competition in Spring 2010, then Facebook, Twitter and lately Instagram… Not to mention writing books, speaking engagements and brand ambassador work which I absolutely love doing. But while I’m not the most prolific video contributor – it takes a lot of effort to film, edit and upload those short little snippets of garden life, I have remained present on my channel over the last decade with sometimes sporadic posts, and briefly I managed a season with a frequency that could almost be called regular!
And so, in tribute to this special day I did the logical – I made a video. A tour and overview of my garden. So join me in my garden on this lovely sunny summer day as I mark the occasion.
Come again soon – goodness knows what the next ten years have in store.
Sarah the Gardener : o)
NB: the bold green words are links to wonderful places…