I told a few friends about it, and they would check in now and again, but the knowledge I felt I was gleaning from our digging and planting wasn’t as important to them as it was to me.
And I craved feedback from and contact with other gardeners.
So I did searches on Google for gardening sites and blogs and found a few I really liked, including Garden Voices, which was The List of garden blogs for me for a little while. I’d click through posts, bookmark blogs I really liked, and then go back and visit them, leaving a comment here and there.
At some point in early 2008, I became aware of Blotanical, perhaps through Nancy Bond at Soliloquy. It sounded really interesting to me, this community of blogs that I could join and participate in on a blog-by-blog basis or through the built-in messaging feature. So I joined!
Since then, I’ve met a bunch of wonderful gardening friends, garnered some very helpful feedback on projects I plan, and found my way to dozens and dozens of blogs I probably wouldn’t ever have visited if they weren’t also members of the Blotanical community.
I think it’s this last feature I’m most grateful for. Whenever I log on, I visit the Current List of picks first, then click over to New Garden Blog Posts, and I always find something new and interesting to read.
For example, in the last 24 hours through Blotanical I did the following:
- Learned how to use a tilt-shift effect on my photographs at Blithewold
- Discovered a Canadian illustrator named Alice Priestley at Empress of Dirt: In the Garden
- Decided that I need to read more about Temple Grandin at Nyack Backyard
- Clicked to a new source of dahlias from a post by fellow dahlia lover Nancy Bond at Soliloquy
- Copied a recipe for a delicious-sounding macaroni casserole from a post over at Poor Richard’s Almanac
- Made a new friend and salivated over the beautiful header image at Plants and Stones
Blotanical, of course, is not just a networking tool for garden bloggers. You don’t have to have a garden blog to join. You only have to have an interest in gardening locally, nationally, or internationally.
A huge thank you to the members of the Blotanical community for providing such interesting and useful things to read, and to Blotanical and Stuart for creating this wonderful online community!