I remember – only too well – the reaction when I launched my blog six years ago. I was a bit bored, fancied a challenge and on a whim decided I’d write a blog. I spent long hours reading other gardening blogs; learning how to use Blogger (my first blogging platform); picking a look; a style; a name; taking photos; and eventually, nervously published my first post. And the reaction? Icy silence. Which was fair enough – it wasn’t very good. But what if that first post had been achingly brilliant? All that hard work and no-one even saw it, let alone read it.
I now know, of course, how tough it is to be noticed on the world-wide, inter-web net even if your first post is a revelatory marvel (unlike mine). And the number of gardening blogs has ballooned since I started on 4th February 2011, making it more difficult still: a burgeoning clamour of voices; each striving to be heard above the din; each offering up their unique writing style, muddy-fingered insight and all craving your attention. Unsurprising then, that when a newbie adds their revelatory marvellousness to the cacophony … no-one notices.
Whilst weeding in my new garden the other day, I had an idea. Rare. Not unheard of. Would it be helpful to highlight new gardening blogs here on The Anxious Gardener? My readership isn’t as big as some, but I imagine any extra visitors would be a boost to authors gloomily studying their viewing stats during those early, lonely, pin-drop days.
As far as I know there is no list of new blogs, no directory of fresh talent and I need help snuffling them out – which is where you come in. Have you started a gardening blog in the last twelve months or so? Or have you discovered a great new blog? If so and you think it warrants a plug, please leave a comment and blog-link in the ‘Any thoughts‘ box below or, if you prefer, drop me a line using my Contact page.
This idea might just die a quiet, lonesome death but let’s give it a roll anyway. (Queue drifts of leaves swirling silently across an empty car park, beneath a sheet-steel sky – Ed).
I hope my idea isn’t patronising. I just thought that free publicity for an author who has recently taken the plunge and deserves to be heard by a wider audience would benefit both them and readers too.
Over to you, and in the meantime I’ll do some snuffling of my own.
Sorry, but this post is now closed to further blog suggestions. However, John Kingdon at The Rivendell Garden is still adding new blogs to his gardening blog directory.