Wow, was this a surprise that came in from behind. I felt I should not leave you hanging since I have requested your votes in the last two posts. At least you need to know what it is all about. I schedule posts, so I just added the information at the bottom of each (Using a Flash in Your Garden Photos, and Do You Feel the Garden Maintenance Buzz) without much explanation. So here goes with what I learned in the meantime…
I got an email on Thursday from The Garden Bloggers Conference being held in Atlanta, Georgia this September 22-24 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, and GWGT was a finalist in their Hall of Fame voting. I am in amongst bloggers I do not know so I went to see their blogs. Two of them especially have very fine photographs and also have I believe, a greater presence in garden blogging. It is funny I never heard of their blogs before though.
The email encouraged me to get the word out on the conference and also tell you all about the voting.
Many great speakers will be in attendance in Atlanta. It is the first year for this event and it sounds like a very informative conference with even a talk on how to better use photography in your blogging. I would love to see who is giving this talk. This is from their site, “How photography can help you build your brand, differentiate your blog, and build traffic on your website.”
I never set out to build a brand or create a “look” for my site. Being formally in advertising, that almost seems inconceivable to have overlooked this golden opportunity. As an architect, I plan to the last detail too. But blogging is just a creative outlet for me, so I never thought to where it might lead.
This conference is open to garden bloggers, garden writers, landscape designers, nurserymen, organic gardeners, even garden enthusiasts and aspiring gardeners, so talks must be geared to all levels of attendees.
I think one topic would be very helpful for a noncommercial blog such as mine, “Connecting with users: What you should know about search and analytics.” I think this topic important for all casual bloggers. Many have no clue how to build readership by tackling the search and analytical portion of blogging. I am lax here too. I recognize the importance, but overlook the weight it should play.
I only learned about this conference a week ago and only wish I had known sooner. The email I received was mainly to inform me that my blog, Garden Walk Garden Talk is a finalist in the Hall of Fame Awards, Best Garden Blog Graphics, Photography, and Presentation.
I have no idea how I got nominated, but I am very honored. I thank whomever was responsible too.
If you click this link, you can vote for Garden Walk Garden Talk to win the category. I am grateful and thankful to my readers.
Photography and art is very important to me, so being nominated in this category really has made my day. I thank all of you that have already voted. So go have a golden day of your own, I know mine shone a bit brighter.