“(Blogging) is just an outlet for me. I just use it as an outlet for anything I want to talk about but mostly it’s a gardening and craft blog,” Worley said. She and her husband, Robert, have two grown children, Audrey and Owen.
“I talk about everything from herbs to growing fruits and vegetables to flowers. I also include easy-to-do crafts for kids,” said the former assistant school teacher.
She also provides ideas on how to use the foods that are grown with recipes.
Worley recalled talking to teachers and friends who were always complaining about the prices of food at the grocery store. “I told them to just try to grow it first,” she said. “They would say, ‘No that’s just too hard.’”
She encouraged a friend who is a surgeon to grow her own lettuce in a window pot but her friend thought it would be too difficult.
“I thought surgery is too hard, not growing lettuce in a pot by the window,” Worley said. “I thought I would just teach people that simple growing is not a hard thing. That’s how (my blog) started,” she said
Worley kick-started her idea by utilizing a website on the Oprah Winfrey Network that helped viewers create their own Web video channel supported by the Oprah site. The site also suggested that viewers use other social media outlets to get their message out such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
“I do all those under Grow It First,” she said.
Readers from as far away as Australia follow her blog.
Her most viewed blog entry is about front-load washers versus top-load washers including cleaning requirements and other maintenance.
“I had my repairman there and I asked him a ton of questions. I told everybody what it was like to have a front load washer,” Worley said.
“A lot of things are just common sense things that people don’t think of. Ideas like throwing pebbles and shells and small plastic toys into the patio so children can go treasure hunting while the adults talk during a party,” she said.
“I talk about everything but it’s simple ideas to make your life easier and save you money and to have fun,” Worley said.