So Why Two Blogs?


When something gets too big or goes in too many directions, splitting it up seems the right move to make. Here on GWGT, many different subjects are discussed when the tag line is The Greater Garden of Nature. So naturally…


I divided GWGT and sent off some of the nature and wildlife postings, also some of the better photographs. Not that quality will be lessened for GWGT, it will just be more narrowly focused. The new blog is Nature and Wildlife Pics, a blog looking a bit more closely into nature.


So Why the Great Divide?

1. To focus content for different interests or readers looking for specific topics or images. Today a web search for “gold dragonflies”. Example

2. To showcase some of my better photos. A web search on “best nature photos”, I was quite surprised this search ended up on a new blog.  Example

3. To have personal and entertaining stories. Web search “funny things in nature”, also odd to have such a general search term find its way to a new blog.  Example

4. To express thoughts and opinions about nature. Web search,”thoughts on nature”. This one occurs in GWGT from time to time. Example

5. To find new ways to see the ordinary in the nature we see everyday, but always don’t really see. Example

6. To capitalize on web searches.


Over time, I hope Nature and Wildlife Pics gets popular. It needs to post often at first and start getting a following. That is also a surprise that people are signing up so quickly. Now if they would only comment. That is one problem with photo blogs, many may view the images, but few comment. Photo bloggers also give out a lot of WP Likes.


I did learn something new about WP blogs having two blogs I am currently running. I found out that in the WP reader, where blogs I follow and those that follow me reside, you can click on a post to read it right in the reader. Some offerings of the Reader will show the entire post but others only show the first image or so. I always assumed reading a full post in the reader and then commenting generated a view. I was wrong.


My blogs are set to only read a few sentences in the Reader. This was to ensure viewers would click to read further. But I found out clicking to leave a comment on a truncated post goes through. Can you see why this is not ideal?

asterNext on GWGT, a very unique garden. I won’t say anymore because it has to be seen.


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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at:
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16 Responses to So Why Two Blogs?

  1. Catching up and I love the two blogs. I think you have done some interesting things to get comments and they will come in time. With the Like option many folks will just click it as a way to say I liked it…some folks have gotten rid of that option to force more options, but I like the option.

  2. Hi Donna,
    I pray that the Lord brings you the success you desire with this second blog. By everything you have stated, your motive is simply the fun that you have in acquiring the photos, assembling them, adding meaningful content, and engaging the reader with comments. You have nothing to sell, or so at least it seems, so it is the enjoyment that you derive. I believe the Lord will honor that approach.

    Many blessings,

  3. I love your blog(s) Donna. I must say that you’ve elevated the lowly and detested housefly to distinction in this photo. Yesterday, while browsing at a garden shop I saw a butterfly with the orange and black wings of the Monarch but as he was working on a bee balm plant, and flipping his wings upright, I could see the most intricate, almost abstract drawing on the undersides. Although he moved too much for me to get a real look, I was fascinated.

  4. debsgarden says:

    Best wishes for both your blogs! I have been visiting your Nature and wildlife Pics blog, and it is wonderful. I am still shaking my head over the dragonfly post!

  5. Best of luck, Donna, and you deserve all the kudos that come your way–for both blogs! Your photography is superb, and your storytelling talent is top-notch, too. Cheers!

  6. Good luck with your new blog, Donna! Off to a great start!

  7. My Heartsong says:

    That fly is amazing in preciseness and colour and although i have often seen lilies, this one is just great.

  8. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    the WP reader summary was not always so and can be a pain – long posts I click ‘view original’, bookmark and read later at my own leisure, otherwise its a scan catch up on all blogs I follow

    other than going for a magazine style format, opting for two blogs am sure will help your own focus. Its a bit like juggling – I have 3 blogs!
    p.s. love the art and colours in dahlia bee –

  9. You have 2 great blogs and I love them both. I think your format is wonderful. I’ve noticed on my own blog that comments vary from sometimes very many to some only a few. I’m not sure what the differences are. Have a great day!!!

  10. A.M.B. says:

    Good luck with the 2nd blog! There are definitely times when splitting content into two different blogs makes sense. I’m thinking about doing the same thing (a book review blog and a writing blog), but I’m worried that it will be too much for me to manage.

  11. I’m very glad you have divided the two and I am going to enjoy both [as I have so far].
    As for the reader. Unless I’m on holidays when I have to use a mobile connection [too expensive and slower, therefore I’m obliged to use the reader], I always click from my mailbox in order to be directed to the post I want to read. This way my view counts on the post I am reading [if you click ‘like’ from the reader it won’t count in stats]. You’ve got a good point about not showing the whole post and maybe I should change that too and I agree that a comment on a truncated post going through is not good.
    Looking forward to that garden! 🙂

  12. lucindalines says:

    I will confess. I click on a post and read it, then exit to do my commenting so that I can by pass reading all of the other comments. I also have to hit the like after I have exited the reading of the post or it shows as not being a like. I don’t understand. I will say that when someone has only one or two comments, I read them, but some of you have so many comments that my head spins. Fortunately I don’t have that problem on my blog. Get the ironic humor in that one, I hope.

  13. bittster says:

    Both of your blogs share such a high quality of photography I don’t know how you keep up, but I’m glad you do! I didn’t know that about the reader, and actually don’t like reading that way since it slows down my device so much when it doesn’t open to the blog directly. I should change that on my own blog, I just don’t know how to!
    I’m sure this blog will be successful as well. Your outside adventures matched up with the photos you take are sure to draw a crowd 😉

  14. There are great photos on both blogs!

  15. Good luck with your new blog. I admire that you have the ability and desire to maintain two!!!

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