2015 in Review: My First Full Year of Plant Blogging!

And we’re at the end of another year! What a fun, plant-filled year it was. I enjoyed looking back while doing my 2014 Year in Review post exactly one year ago, so why not make it a tradition? Here’s a quick recap of  adventures in 2015! Make sure you read through the end… I have some big news to kick off 2016!

#1: Giveaways Galore!

International Giveaway 2015 by The Carnivore Girl

Starting the year off with several free Venus flytraps and ending with an international holiday giveaway, plus the ones in between made it an AWESOME giveaway year! I really love sharing the joy of carnivorous plants, and you awesome readers make me want to do it again and again!

Each giveaway had more participants and was more epic than the last. I really appreciate the support and enthusiasm you all give to this little blog of mine. 🙂

Make no mistake, more epic giveaways are being planned for 2016!

#2: Community and Friends

The Carnivore Girl logo shirts!
Megan, Rob, and me!

This was the year I made the effort to reach out to other growers, and not JUST on the internet! I attended a few BACPS meetings and events, including the BACPS show and sale (AH-MAZING!) and met some online plant friends in real life. These experiences turned me into a HUGE advocate for joining or starting a carnivorous plant society. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it is to just geek out over a common passion face to face, either over beers or hanging out in an awesome collection like at the asylum.

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant seedlings
A sea of baby Sarracenia at the asylum!

I’m extremely fortunate to live in an area with such an active carnivorous plant community, but I know some people aren’t as lucky. Seriously, though! Get on Craigslist or Meetup.com and get some in-person plant hangouts going! If I ever move to a different area, that’s one of the first things I’m doing.

#3: Got lots more plants! 

Sarracenia purpurea var. montana.
Sarracenia purpurea var. montana.

Of course, I can’t not mention adding several plants to my collection, such as my haul from BACPS show (including a freebie from Phil Faulisi!). In addition to these, several new Sarracenia were added throughout the year. I really can’t resist them. One of my favorites is one I got as a freebie, S. Royal Ruby x Judith Hindle!

Carnivorous pitcher plant hybrid. Sarracenia Royal Ruby x Judith Hindle.
I mean seriously, just look at this gorgeousness!

Carnivorous pitcher plant hybrid. Sarracenia Royal Ruby x Judith Hindle.

As winter approached, I got a hankering for pygmy sundews!

Pygmy sundews are tiny carnivorous plants! Adorable, yet deadly! Click to learn more!

More recently, I acquired my first tuberous Drosera, D. macrantha. It’s really brightened up my winter and seems quite happy! I’m hoping to give it something to climb before its growing season is over.

Drosera macrantha. A winter-gr.owing carnivorous plant

I also added a couple of “high-end” Dionaea clones such as DC XL and  FTS Werewolf Spawn. Photos of those coming soon! I got them as small, nearly dormant plants, so they’ll look much better in spring!

#4: Opened up shop!

Carnivorous plant botanical prints on throw pillows

This year, I was determined to make attractive, non-dorky carnivorous plant clothes and accessories, so I filled up a Society6 store with all kinds of swag!

I also wanted my website and everything associated with it to have cohesive branding, so I created my logo and made my first run of logo T shirts!

After months of being asked if I had actual plants for sale, I finally offered a few. Both times, I sold out the same day I put them up for sale! This was pretty mind-blowing to me, as growers tend to be particular about where their plants come from. Which leads me to my final announcement…

#5: TheCarnivoreGirl.com is now my full-time gig!

Yes, this little blogger has quit her day job to captain this ship full-time!

Maria, owner of TheCarnivoreGirl.com
I basically worship these plants.

I’m pinching myself every morning before I get to “work” because it still doesn’t feel real! I expect 2016 to be one of the most challenging years of my life, but also hopefully the most rewarding.

I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m a pretty risk-averse person (especially when it comes to money), so this is a HUGE move into unknown territory for me. I’m nervous as hell, but I’m giving this everything I’ve got!

My happy place is with my plants.
My happy place is with my plants.

It definitely wouldn’t be possible without all the amazing support this website has gotten! If you’ve ever bought something from me, or even just left a comment or read a blog post, THANK YOU! You have allowed me to do this!

So naturally next year, I’m writing LOTS more blog posts, shooting LOTS more photos, and offering LOTS more plants and merchandise!

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It’s been a beyond amazing year, and I’m thrilled to give my full attention to these plants and you lovely people who feel the same way I do! Here’s to a new year, and new adventures!

8 comments

  1. Tyson says:

    Awesome!!! I’m soapy for you! Love reading your posts! Can’t wait for next year to see more of them! 😀

  2. Rich says:

    Congratulations! Very happy for you and I will be sending you positive thoughts as you embark on this new full-time adventure. As always, your stuff looks great. I lol’d when I read what you wrote about the “happy place” among the plants. I’m currently planning a basement grow room that will soon be my “happy place” in the coming weeks.

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