Remember that time I caught a rabbit in a trap, but the trap door wasn’t secured?
I took pictures of the rabbit, while standing there in the pouring rain, and then when I picked up the trap… Bam! That rabbit shot out of there like a champagne cork on New Year’s Eve and ran off faster than a moonshiner with Andy and Barney in pursuit, leaving me standing there with an umbrella in one hand and an empty trap in the other, wondering what had just happened.
Or how about that time I found that mysterious plant growing in my compost bin? That was an exciting day in my garden and on my blog, just like the day I found out about the Indian burial ground on my property.
Then there was that time last fall when I tore down and rebuilt a small retaining wall for everyone’s amusement who walked by that day. The neighbors are also amused in the fall when I get out my electric drill, arm it with a spade bit and use it to plant crocus corms in my lawn. Some of the neighbors, I’m sure, think I’m hand aerating the lawn.
There are other stories I’ve told on myself, probably enough to be put me on a watch list for possible “eccentric gardener”, and to confirm that I am a gardening geek.
There were the tales from the rabbit wars and the triumphs with green beans and peas. And there was that day when I was crazy busy with indoor plants, lost my mind for a minute and posted a picture of myself (which is mysteriously gone now).
Oh, let’s not forget the ritual of the first tomato, it goes along with all those other vegetable tales.
Indeed, I’ve posted a few stories, maybe even a tall tale or two, on my blog, and I’ve enjoyed reading stories on other gardeners’ blogs about what they are doing in their gardens, too.
As it turns out, of the 100 people who took my garden blogging survey, a whopping 90% like to read “stories about what other gardeners are doing”. So if you ever wonder what to post on your blog, tell a story!
What else are these 100 people looking for on garden blogs?
28% are looking for basic gardening information.
44% are looking for advanced gardening information.
90% like to read stories about what other gardeners are doing.
23% want to read about products used in gardening. (oh, like hoes?)
17% are interested in book reviews. (that helps to explain the drop off in interest in the GBBC perhaps?)
And then there are 19% who are interested in other topics like…
“Landscape ideas, plant ideas”
“What’s blooming” (the 15th must be their favorite day of the month)
“Local, national, and global movements for the promotion of the home kitchen garden”,
“Humor - nothing better than coming away from a blog with a smile! and what about "some gardening information" because I can't decide between basic (do I know it already?) and advanced (sounds too serious)”
“All of the above. It's the style or 'voice' that matters most to me.”
“Gardening as an intellectual pursuit...thoughts, views, history, concepts that expand the mind on gardening..”
“Ideas from other gardeners. Plus what's happening all over the gardening world at that time of year.”
“Information about how things are done in different parts of the world. And, some feel for the kind of person the gardener is.”
“The why of gardening, not the how”
What are you looking for on gardening blogs?
For anyone interested, I updated the OLOGBA, the Official List of Garden Blogger's Acronyms that have cropped up in garden blogging, if you'd like to keep it handy for reference or add it to your sidebar. I'll continue to update it as I find or commission new acronyms.