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…