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Favorite Gardening Post for 2008

For all of you who have been so busy blogging throughout the year, now is the time to kick back, relax and give yourself a pat on the back. Yes, each and everyone of you who has made garden blogging a ritual and has shared a piece of your world with us, we at GGW want you to know that we appreciate it and feel that you are helping to create an international gardening community in a way that has never been done before.

So, now, it’s your turn to show us (and to remind yourself) which, out of all of the posts you’ve written throughout the year of 2008, is your very favorite one. Leave a link below so everyone can read your ‘best of the best’. And ‘hats off’ to all of you terrific gardeners! May the year 2009 be a healthy, joyful, meaningful and fruitful one.

Below is a verse from the Tao Te Ching (#47) that I wanted to share with you. 

“Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus, the sage knows without traveling;
He sees without looking;
He works without doing.”

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Garden Blogs: Photos And Advertising

After reading a recent post on Garden Rant about advertising on blogs,  my fellow blogger, Nan, and I spent time chatting on the phone about what readers want in a garden blog, and what kind of content they expect. From my point of view, a blogger has a right to do or write whatever she or he wants, just as we as readers have the right to stay and read or click elsewhere and move on. When you’re watching TV, if you’re not interested in a show’s content, you change the channel. When you buy a gardening magazine and find it has too many ads, you cancel your subscription or don’t buy it again. If you don’t like the content, design, or ad content of a particular blog, then don’t go back. It’s that simple.

Another garden-blog issue that Nan and I discussed is the type of photos that bloggers post. We both have noticed a few complaints about only close-up photos in gardens being posted. Some people feel that the desire of bloggers to show only the best of what they have in their garden is an injustice to their readers—that it is important to show a garden or garden area in its totality so that the reader can learn from what really exists.

So, you folks out there (and you too, my fellow bloggers at Gardening Gone Wild), what kind of photos do you really want to see on garden blogs? And to those of you who have your own garden blogs, how do you choose the photos you use on your own site? Continue Reading →

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