New Gardening Blogs – A Follow Up

Thank you to everyone who helped in my call to find New Gardening Blogs.  Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much of a response and so the flood of replies took me by surprise – overwhelmed me, actually.  I’ve spent virtually all of my limited Allotted Blogging Time responding to comments and emails; visiting each of the blogs and commenting on most.  The standard of writing, photography and presentation is generally, reassuringly, excellent and we needn’t fear that garden blogging is waning.

Personally, I don’t think it is waning but I mention it in response to a comment left by Carolee, the author of Herbal Blessings Blog: “When I began my blog a bit over a year ago … the common attitude of the Garden Writers of America members was that garden blogging was dying … being replaced by Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram“.

In my experience of blogging, social media and fielding increasing enquiries from companies wanting me to review their products or host Amazing Advertising Opportunities, that view isn’t one I share.  I use Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter myself, Facebook too, and they provide an easy, quick way of sharing images, ideas or blog-links.  But I see them as an add-on to The Anxious Gardener rather than its eventual replacement, even if many of their users don’t ever read blogs.   Unless we are content only to look briefly at pictures, or engage with content for seconds at a time (we’re not, are we?) I don’t agree that social media is killing off blogging.

If some blogs disappear or wither as their writers drift away, there is a steady stream of new bloggers taking their place and in increasing numbers too.*  Clearly, there is still a vibrant interest in both writing and reading gardening blogs. The reaction to my previous post helps illustrate that, I think: I published my post two weeks ago at 6.30pm and by midnight my blog’s 10 month-old, daily views record was broken; and that new record was smashed on the following day.  New Gardening Blogs is currently my sixth most viewed post (out of 312, written over six years) and by far the most commented on.  With such a reaction to just one post, I’d suggest that if garden blogging is dying, the poor thing is suffering an interminable, and impossible to discern, demise.

I received about forty blog ‘entries’ which was marvellous … if problematic.  My original intention had been to highlight perhaps two or three new blogs but I now realise – obviously – that to do so would introduce an element of competition, ranking even, where none was intended nor wanted.

Far better to present a list of the blogs for you to explore.  There are all sorts here, on a wide range of subjects including: allotments, small urban spaces, large country gardens, garden design and indoor growing too; whilst some cover broader themes with an occasional gardening post.  I’m sure you’ll find something to your taste … and when you do, please say so in the author’s comment box.  Like most of us, new bloggers need every bit of encouragement.

Here are the blogs (roughly in submission order):

  1. Gardening At The Edge – A derelict farmyard; a disused railway line; a dilapidated canal tunnel and a whole lot of exquisite ruination
  2. Amateur Plantsman The adventures of a gardener who wants to grow something out of the ordinary
  3. Old Vicarage GardenersA country house and garden blog
  4. The Propagator Blog – The propagator, my plant obsession
  5. Herbal Blessings Blog – Growing and harvesting a bounty of blessings in my potager
  6. The Restraint of Plants – A brand new blog
  7. Jenny Ruth Yasi – Adventures in marriage
  8. A Coastal Plot Gardening and family life by the sea
  9. Garetnstreifzug – Garden and nature
  10. Half A GardenUrban gardening on a diminished scale
  11. The Indoor Vegetable Garden – Says it all, really
  12. Modern Veg Plot – Documenting my adventures in growing edibles
  13. The Chatty Gardener – Love gardening?  I do
  14. The Renaissance Gardener – Making a garden in SW France and much more
  15. Etilth – Plant love/Container design
  16. The Quest For VegAdventures in allotment gardening
  17. Lou J Nicholls – Horticulturist, Blogger, Photographer
  18. The Temperate Gardener – Roots to growing success
  19. Lakeshore Garden – My gardening journey
  20. Old Dog New Tricks – Getting up close and personal with my garden
  21. New Garden Blog – A new back garden, blogged
  22. Sally’s Garden Blog – My thoughts as I garden and design
  23. Growing Together – The continuing adventures of the Allotment Virgins
  24. Glebe HouseMy week to week gardening diary
  25. Jane Harries Garden DesignsProfessional postal garden designs
  26. Dogwood DaysLife and the Garden
  27. Rose Cottage Jottings – A gardening blog – mostly
  28. Views From My Garden BenchAdventures, pints of Pimms and life in the North
  29. Our Little Field – Little adventure into permaculture and organic vegetable growing
  30. By Nature – Notes from a besotted gardener
  31. Leaves From My GardenPages from the books of Helen Cronin
  32. Mud And Gluts -Allotmenteering in suburbia
  33. The Garden Gate Is OpenGarden visiting
  34. Pulling WeedsA gardener writes…
  35. Elementa Garden DesignGarden design for contemporary living

(I’ve omitted those recommendations for blogs which are already long-running and well-established.  If you suggested a blog which is missing from my list, or would like your new-ish blog added, please let me know).

Meanwhile, and in tandem to my list, the awfully clever John Kingdon has published an extensive directory of gardening blogs on The Rivendell Garden .  I don’t know how he did it … and even after he patiently explained how, I still don’t.  (But given my level of tech knowledge, he might as well have spoken in Klingon.  And perhaps he did).  In addition to well-known blogs, John has added all of the above – tallying up, at last count, a remarkable total of 105.  If your blog is not on his list but you would like it to be – ask him.  He’s a nice chap and rarely bites.

And lastly, if you write a gardening blog, you may be interested in @Gdnbloggers on Twitter (hashtag #Gdnbloggers) and its sister Facebook Page.  Both groups offer friendly support, information and also help in publicising your blog-posts to a wider audience.

Happy reading, happy writing.

*In my opinion.  I have no statistical evidence whatsoever to support this bald statement of fact but in a post-truth age that hardly seems to matter any more.

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New Gardening Blogs

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 try writing 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.  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.