Honestly that is a question to ponder. Why start, why do it at all.
As rewarding as it is, it is also frustrating at times being sucked into the big vortex of blogging. Ya, having things to discuss that others have not. Being creative and quirky and hoping others find one interesting. Attend to work, family, garden, and home with gusto all the while feeding the blog.
Blogging can be grappling with difficult thoughts in full view and scrutiny of the reader, so it is a bit scary at times. I explored that in the engaging, photo-packed post Surfacing 500 Times, a post I thoroughly enjoyed writing.
You start something on a whim and find out it becomes part of who you are or who you have become. You reveal thought provoking ideas and soul searching vulnerabilities.
Did you know the average lifespan of a snail in captivity is around 15 years and some live to 25 years? If it is a wild snail that decreases to maybe seven years at best. I cannot see myself blogging in snail years! (source – Snail World)
The lifespan of the new blogger? I have read for most, it is less than a year.
I had no direction for my blog beyond just blogging and loved it from the time it was started. Blogging found me rather than the other way around. It became a jumping off point to many new interests and adventures. It became a new way to see and a series of “firsts”.
How garden blogging found me was it came to town.
I attended a few of the events for the Garden Bloggers Fling in Buffalo. I already was helping in organizing and promoting garden walks, so I thought it a seasonal distraction to see what all the hubbub was about. It seemed such a climb to start something new.
Talking with a couple of the bloggers at the scheduled events, I said, “This is something I can find myself doing.”
After all, I was in the field of “gardens” already with design and all the garden organizations I was affiliated. The only difference, I was “talking” gardens not writing about them. I thought, “How different is that?”
But a name, what to call the blog…
I also have the name Let’s Talk Gardens saved as an inactive blog. I knew I could ‘talk’ gardens but I also knew many, many gardens around here are worth a visit, so the name became Garden Walk Garden Talk. But it always meant more than just walking a garden with commentary though. The garden is the larger garden of nature and the talk is anything in nature worth a mention, from art to arthropod.
Blogging did not start as a crawl for me.
It really moved quickly and consistently. It has not even been three years as of yet and I still have not run the course on inspiration. Like I said, in nature there are always firsts.
Many think blogging is an outlet for dollops of one’s life, and it is sometimes.
Another thing that prompted blogging was my health. I wanted to make sure to have a piece of my life live on virtually in case I didn’t, so I started recording things in my life through my art and photography.
I have always loved photography and a whole new outlet was opened for me. It is a way for others to see the world as I do.
Marc Tracy, in his “eulogy for the blog “article, says,
“What we are losing is the personal blog and the themed blog. Less and less do readers have the patience for a certain writer or even certain subject matter.”
This is why this blog stayed eclectic in subject matter and why it has amassed readership. Blogging is simply about what interests the writer, but also what engages the reader, otherwise there is no point in putting the content out there.
Soon the Garden Bloggers will meet and probably be offering their wisdom to a new batch of bloggers again. I hope they approach it with constructive, enthusiastic support. Not all of us are being swallowed up into oblivion. Not all of us want to go big time either. If a blog is dying, it is no one’s fault but the one writing it. No amount of “let’s tweet and poke” is a substitute for quality of material.
Andrew Sullivan, a famous writer and early adopter of blogging, says,
“But every page on the web is equally accessible as every other page. Blogs will never die – but they might form a smaller part of a much larger online eco-system of discourse.”
Is the eco-system other online media and is he right? Why one blogs is a personal choice. Why they continue , a mystery. But it does not have to be as slow and steady as a snail until you fall off into the great abyss!
Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post, blogging has both its good and trying moments, which makes it like being part of a family.
GWGT was nominated to receive the I Am Part of the WordPress Family Award on May 16th., my birthday. It is not a typical award or family, but is a great honor bestowed upon by the Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog. Thank you Melody, I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Why did you start blogging? Did it start slow? Do you feel like a rat on a wheel or are you part of a big, happy blogging family?
I will be gone by the time this post reaches you the readers. I am away traveling, but I will answer the comments when I can. Three bird posts are auto loading, two in my garden and another with a video from Russia. So enjoy the birds I don’t often, if ever, see in my garden. Also check out Bird Chirps. It is a page on my blog I just started for bird ID. As I find and photograph a bird, it makes its way to Bird Chirps.