"I don't know what to blog about"

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"I don't know what to blog about" is a familiar lament amongst garden bloggers. 

I hope that does not apply to the 15th of every month when I host Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day here on my blog.  Not familiar with it? 

Surely you jest! I've been hosting this meme since about 2007.  I think that's when it started. I know it was a long-time ago in an Internet age before "social media" ran over blogs and took away many bloggers' mojo. 

(Side note: Today is Day 23 of my digital detox. I've not looked at any social media for over three weeks. I'm just about halfway through to the end of the digital detox on September 7th. Will I be going back to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook then? If you asked me today, the answer is no. Ask me again on September 7th.)

Anyway, Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is tomorrow and I've been out taking pictures for it. In a few hours, I'm also going to attempt to grab some video of bees all over some flowers because it appears that the "new, improved" Blogger now allows you to upload videos right to your blog. If it doesn't work, I'll go the round-about way of posting the video to YouTube first.

In other news, as they say, I've just updated the colors on my blog so they more closely match the colors on my author website, to the extent I could. No one, me included, thinks it would be a good idea to forklift this blog and its archive of well over 2,500 posts to the author website. I think that would be like to trying to cram <<insert the name of a big garden of your choice, like perhaps the Lurie Garden in Chicago>> into a suburban backyard.  

It isn't going to happen.

But what is going to happen, I hope, is that you will read this post, and wherever you are, you'll write a post tomorrow (or the day after or the day after) for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day which always takes place here on the 15th. (Except that one time I forgot... oops.)

See you tomorrow!

(And if you don't know what podcasts to listen to, you know I'm going to recommend The Gardenangelists, where Dee Nash and I talk about flowers, veggies, and all the best dirt.)

If you need any other recommendations, just holler!

Comments

  1. October 15, 2007 is when I finally started blogging. The siren of this meme was the catalyst. I always look forward to it. Especially during winter when people from the Southern Hemisphere start showing their summer gardens. Fun times.

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    1. Lisa, I think I remember that! And it makes me happy to have contributed in a small way with bringing you into the garden blogging world!

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  2. Somehow I keep missing Bloom Day as each day becomes just like another. I need to mark it on my calendar. But then again-August blahs have hit Austin with triple digits running every day. Sigh!

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    1. Rock Rose, I bet in your garden there are blooms even in August! (Sorry about those triple digits. Ugh. I get cranky at 90ºF!)

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  3. Bloom Day is what got me more interested in blogging and allowed all of us to belong to a larger community of like minded individuals. I look forward to the communication with others each month.

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    1. Thank you, Lee, and I appreciate how faithfully you post for bloom day. You are usually one of the first ones!

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  4. My bush form clematis "New Love" is bloming and my sall Joe Pye Weed is blooming.

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    1. I am not familiar with 'New Love' clematis. I will look it up!

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  5. I've been following your blog and Bloom Day for a couple of years now. I don't have a blog and will never ever join Facebook or Twitter, but I did start an Instagram account maybe 2 years ago so I could post pictures of my quilts and flowers. I know IG is owned by Facebook, but it does have a different feel to it , although it can be a time sink. Say hi to the Fairies.

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    1. MissPat, the garden fairies say Hi back and assure you that if they ever got onto Instagram they would follow you to see your quilts and flowers!

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  6. It is a dream of mine to become a garden blogger. I just don't feel like I have the time right now (I am a Reading and Spelling tutor to 7 children with Dyslexia) and I am not confident that I would have enough material for a blog. Your blog today has given me grace to know I don't have to have something earth shattering to say nor prize winning photos to still have a blog that blesses other people. You blessed me today. Thank-you. You are also stronger than I am about your social media detox. I only made it 2 weeks. Maybe if I spent that time on a creating a blog instead.......?????

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    1. Heidi, thank you for the nice comment. I have found one of the keys to the social media detox is having other activities to do, which can be on-screen or off-screen, like blogging!

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