I had a lovely email this week from a person who lives in the Western suburbs of Melbourne and who is contemplating writing a blog. They are aiming for backyard self sufficiency and want to chart their progress in blog form. Anyway I replied that I would love to read about it. The email also got me thinking about why I really enjoy blogging, particularly about gardening and these are the reasons I came up with:
- Readers – I have to say I do get a kick out of the fact that people read my blog. Whilst I’m sure there are bigger blogs, more widely read blogs, blogs with a higher numbers of page views and visitors that doesn’t detract from the fact that there are some people who read this blog regularly and I really value that.
- Comments– I love comments, with the exception of spam of course. Isn’t spam silly? I would just like to say to all you spammers out there: I’m really glad you appreciate my “wonderful task on this subject”, I’m glad your cousin loved it, and that you think its “awesome” but I still don’t want to check out your website, especially if its called sexdate, nor buy real estate in Texas, or a Gucci anything and I don’t currently have a yeast infection, but thanks for your interest. Apologies for the digression what I really meant to say is that I have learnt heaps from the suggestions people have made in the comments section. Real people that is, not spammers. From cooking ideas to gardening tips the information is great and reason enough to blog in itself.
- Reading other people’s blogs – Now I would have put this as number 1 except that you can do it without writing your own. I do find though that in writing my own I am more likely to read other people’s more often. Its hard to say exactly why this is, maybe its because reading what other people are up to doesn’t just expand my knowledge base it is also a pivotal part of belonging to the blogging community. Regardless though I can’t tell you how much I’ve learnt through reading blogs and how much of that knowledge I’ve already successfully applied.
- The blogging format– I think that the diary format of blogging lends itself to garden writing possibly more than any other subject area. The nature of gardening means that the time of year is important. Knowing what I harvested at the start of June last year is really helpful in understanding how the garden works, and how to maximise production in the space I have. In a nutshell a blog is a great record of when I plant and harvest.
- Taking photos – Writing a blog gives me a great excuse to take a very large number of photos of vegetables which I am ridiculously fond of doing. Here are some now:
And those are my favourite things about blogging. What are yours?
At the time I published this The New Goodlife had yet to put a a Top 5 post – head over and check whether she has yet.