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Tips For The Garden Blogger Pt 7

In previous entries to my blog I've blogged about the importance of feeds and provided info on how to set up a feed and how to use feed readers to keep up with your favorite things like blogs. If you've visited my gardening blog recently you've probably noticed some changes in the template design and how some things are laid out. The reason for the changes and additions of things like my feed flares, search boxes the addition of social bookmarking buttons... is I'm attempting to make my gardening blog "Web 2.0"

In particular this part:
  • A social phenomenon embracing an approach to generating and distributing Web content itself, characterized by open communication, decentralization of authority, freedom to share and re-use, and "the market as a conversation"
Source: Wiki

Unless you're a advertising/marketing nerd like me these phrases mean nothing to you and perhaps they do mean something to you but you don't agree with the ideology. Either way they're going to play a part in how I how blog. I love information and I'm fascinated by the way it is shared and used by communities, how it is collected and ultimately what is done with it. The entries to this gardening blog will be about plants, nature my experiences and general news I come across that would be interesting to gardeners. But what do people want to read about? What are they searching for? What brings them to our gardening blogs?

Audience engagement is what I'm trying to achieve along with being part of the machine that funnels information that will be beneficial to our collective society. It amazes me to hear garden bloggers say they don't have anything to blog about. At this very moment there are thousands of people searching for information that you or I as gardeners may already hold. So you definitely have something to blog about and as a gardener you carry the gene that makes you want to share information about gardening. You just need to be able to have people gather around your gardening blog to read your gardening tips, see photos of what your seedlings or plants look like.

But how do you let people know about your blog?

A good way to do it is to submit your gardening blog to blog directories they're like the yellow pages for blogs. Do a Google search for "blog directories" or "gardening blog directories" and submit your blog to all the free ones you can find. I don't believe in paying for information on the internet especially gardening information so I've steered clear of all the ones that charge you to submit your blog.

Learn what is bringing people to your blog. FeedBurner gives free site stats along with free feed packaging-really I won't stop harping on the importance of a feed until every gardening blog I come across is publishing one in a neat little chicklet. I look at my site stats constantly and often times I'll blog about something here or on my other blog based upon what people want to know about in the gardening world. See what you know that you can expand upon in future entries based on what people are searching for.


Because in the UK people, like retirees, who we could count on to keep gardening traditions alive are choosing to surf the internet instead. That's pretty scary if you think about it because it will become more and more commonplace in various countries around the world as they catch up with technology. How did I learn about this trend? Well I subscribe to a lot of news feeds and read them in Google Reader. If you see the left side of my bar you can see where I share links to various news stories that are gardening or nature related that I come across. It's another example of my attempts at audience engagement and funneling information that people who are searching for gardening related items would be interested in. It only takes one click of a button and these news stories are instantly on my blog. Did you know that they've found the deadly Cactus Moth in Mexico recently? It's one of the news items on the side of my blog and as a gardener you should be interested and if you live in North America you could feel the ramifications of this even if you're not interested in cacti.

If you're reading this well thank you for indulging me and getting this far and I apologize for all the typos and grammatical errors-you're saint to have put up with it thus far, but you're also a garden blogger and as a blogger you're already Web 2.0. Static websites that are there for the sole purpose of holding information are the past. The future is in publishing that is dynamic and interactive. So provide a feed, buttons for social bookmarking, see what is driving people to your blog and if you don't have that information in an entry make it your next entry so the next person who comes across your blog will find it.

Provide a feed in your sidebar that is relevant to your gardening blog. For example; if you're blog is about Hoyas sign up for news alerts with "Hoyas" as a keyword and when you read it share it on your blog if you think visitors would be interested in the news item. Perhaps you have more than one blog like I do. On each blog provide a feed to the other blog like I've done in my sidebars. It's all about engagement and funneling that information that we as gardeners have that could benefit others.

Happy Garden Blogging.


  1. Thanks a lot! This was really helpfull! I'll drop by every now and then to let you know if the methods payed off :-)

  2. Hi thanks for the comment. Please do feel free to let me know how it works for you.

    One thing you just made me realize is the importance of forums. The first two links I ever got to my blog were from stickyfingers and tropical embellishments. Two people that I met on gardening forums. So if the forum you visit *any kind* has a link to place your website/blog add it there so people that you talk to on-line know you have a blog.

  3. I'm going to have to come back and read the other articles also! Very informative. I appreciate your sharing this information. I'm always looking for ways to improve, suggestions, and certainly computer info! You are a big help!

  4. One other good way to let people know about your blog is to post insightful comments on other gardening blogs when you have enjoyed a post or have something to contribute to the general topic. I have found lots of new, interesting bloggers that way!

    (On the flipside, don't do what a certain person who shall remain nameless has done to me twice: post just your website address in the comment, and nothing more. If he does it again the next time I mention hellebores, I will be deleting his comment and sending him a polite email: "You're welcome to join the discussion, but my blog is not your free billboard.")

  5. BSG

    That's too and I've mentioned the importance of commenting before.

    BTW you do realize that you could just delete the comment without feeling bad. The person must know what they're doing by just providing their link and nothing else. They're just spamming either to increase page rank of their blog or for social bookmarking sites that put importance on inbound links in how they rank blogs.



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