22 January 2008
Bouquets of Fun with Blotanical
It's been a few weeks now since Stuart of Gardening Tips n Ideas rolled out Blotanical, the new and improved web-directory of gardening blogs around the world. If you haven't been back to explore, what are you waiting for? There are over 400 blogs to be checked out, some of them brilliant; you can keep updated on the latest posts easily, if you don't have a newsreader or newsfeed or whatever the heck the RSS feed readers are called. I 'only' have about 100 blogs I read on a daily basis (some don't post daily, or have very short posts, or pretty photos) but there are obviously hundreds of others out there, and so I now pop into Blotanical daily--well, or a few times daily, depending on whether I trip over myself and get logged out!--to meet up with some of those I haven't visited before.
A lot of you who have great blogs have registered, but then haven't been back to explore, comment, favourite, or even tend your own little plot. Again, I gotta ask: whatever are you waiting for? As Mr. MacGregor's Daughter said about garden dreaming, what else is there to do in winter...other than go exploring more blogs and, in time, other websites. I like the way the front page has been redesigned, and now you can quickly see who are new additions to the site. Plus there are places to recommend posts, and there will be areas to review all manner of things to do with gardening in the coming months. It's a really fun site to hang out at, and while I don't profess to be an expert navigator of the site yet (witness my logging myself out more than once), I stand by my original prediction that this will be as good a site--or better--than Dave's Garden, in time. But Stuart has put a huge pile of work into it, and we only get out what we put in by participating, making suggestions, and cheering him on.
Plus it's in our own best interests to participate, collect points to be blotanists of different levels, and drive more traffic to our sites--even if they exist just to entertain and inform, not to make money. I know some people make a decent supplementary income from their blogs, and whether you do or don't...we do put our words out there for others to read, and we do WANT them read, don't we?
Given how much banging-my-head-on-the-table I did in doing something relatively simply like redesigning the look of bloomingwriter--and thank you to all for your nice comments, and especially thanks to Kylee of Our Little Acre for putting up those posts on giving blogs a makeover--I can only imagine how much work creating and maintaining a site like Blotanical would be. So to Stuart, here's a big bouquet of appreciation for this site; it's a terrific resource for gardeners of all skills, and it will just continue to grow.
Now, my blogging friends...click on over to Blotanical and get tending your plots! I'll see you there soon, I hope. And I want to see some others join in the race between Carolyn of Sweet Home and Garden Chicago and me to hit the next level of Blotanist. ;-)