One of the things that I like so much about Blogger is it's ease of use and that it's owned by Google. Yes you read right, I like it because it's owned by Google and they own or provide a lot of other services for people like you or I who have an interest in publishing but don't have the coding skills or resources to build real websites. If you're garden blogging on Blogger you probably already have a Google account and maybe you haven't taken advantage of the different add-ons to your account.
Shortly after I moved my gardening blog when the new Blogger was in beta one of the features I signed up to use was Google Page Creator. Google pages are simple to create (and use) websites for those of us who don't have the knowledge and expertise to create a website on our own. The only thing I don't like about them is that they're not exactly like Blogger and you can't modify it like a Blogger template. But you can easily add content by just clicking and typing in many instances and it's free so I shouldn't complain.
I've been meaning to write about how you can use a GPC to expand your blog or add more content but I haven't done much with my GP other than use it to host some images for my blog. If you notice there's a picture of a ladybug on the right side of this entry. If you click on it you'll be directed to a blog entry here that holds images of a few insects in my garden. The same is true for the picture of the Castor Bean seed on the left and further down below, and the banner that appears on the side of this blog.
In my entry about weeds in Chicago a fellow garden blogger left a comment and link that directed me to a Google Page about weeds, so I went to take a look. Verde Urbano not only has a GP about weeds but an accompanying blog and Google Map, Google Calendar-even YouTube (owned by Google) videos about weeds.
Now, there's someone who really appreciates weeds. The pages are all in Spanish but just scrolling the two links above should give you an idea of how you can combine various free services that are available to you under your Google account and expand on your blog and add content that your readers may appreciate.
Use GPC to free up your sidebars if you're running out of room and post your reading list on a page devoted to books you've read. Do you have more than one hobby? Add your recipes on a GP and link them in your sidebar. Post your plant/seed/book/craft trade list on a GP and link to it in your sidebar. Or use it like me and host images, buttons, badges and things you create for your blog. Do you have a blog roll for a meme or a club you've started or want to start? Make a GP about it detailing the history and participants include images and links to your blog posts about it. A GP would be a great place for all those random images or thoughts that you may think don't fit into your garden blog theme.
If you've already combined a GP and blog feel free to show off in the comments section to this entry, or if you think of different ways to expand your blog with it feel free to let me know also. I'm going to go off and revel in the satisfaction that I managed to get through this entry without using the word synergy and see if I can catch up to Verde Urbano and actually do more with my Google account.