More Terrible Twos

I’m still thinking aloud about these first two years as a victory garden blogger/archivist. Given that several of my readers have “young” blogs of their own, I’m going with full-disclosure re: what’s on my mind.

For someone who was slow to embrace Facebook, I’m amazed at how much I’m using this blog’s fan page lately. As my freelance career (read: my PAID writing) has heated up again slowly, it’s been nice to have a quick place to connect with readers to share links and chat about gardening during the day. And the FB page is an easier point of exchange than Twitter because you don’t have to follow everyone and piece together the chat. (Yes, I know all about hashtags, but it’s just not the same.)

Anyway, some of you may have noticed that the number of posts here has slowed over time. Essentially, I’ve gradually come to embrace slow blogging principles.

For the first year of this site (which was over there), I posted entries five days a week. This was in part because there was so much to say in 2008/2009 as folks jumped on the garden bandwagon… puh-lenty to write about then… and in part because I listened to too many social media “experts” that made me feel mediocre if I wasn’t intent on–and constantly working toward–being a blog goddess.

I’m soooooo over that.

Having got my sea blog legs under me, I’m working on a new strategy. I’m also feeling more and more inspired by Susan Albert’s blog post format over at Lifescapes, and am working on how I can riff on it for here–maybe incorporating the old “Media and Web Watch” reports that I used to do every Monday.

Essentially, as I move forward with RW&G, I want to keep the archival nature alive while cheering sustainable gardening efforts online–even as I (hopefully) write more and more about non-garden stuff. At the same time, I hope to continue to use social media to foster dialogue–to be a facilitator—about gardening because, frankly, it’s easier to reach people where they ARE than try to constantly drive traffic to one corner of the world.

That’s what’s on my mind this week…


  1. Thought provoking piece for all of us who blog and live both in the Twitterverse and FB world. Look forward to seeing your take on Susan’s blog. She’s one of my favorite authors and Lifescapes is a fave blog read for me.

  2. Susan is a BIG inspiration for me personally and professionally, and I think that’s in large part why I increasingly see her format–or something similar to it–to be the best option for RW&G.

    Happy to hear you found this post thought-provoking. I’ve really tried to be transparent here because I’m learning as I go along and figure others are, too. I don’t believe in cookie cutter solutions, you know. =)

    At the end of the day, I’m just another traditional writer/cultural reporter working in a strange new world and trying to make the “end product” something authentic and satisfying for me and the readers.

    ETA this link to a great NYT story about slow blogging…

  3. Trust your instincts! Slow readers abound. I myself get frustrated when my favorite bloggers do too much and I have to play catch up.

    • An excellent point, Amy. I think there’s not enough out there in the virtual world about what readers really want, from the readers perspective. There’s a whole lot of “shoulds.”

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