When Will You Stop Blogging?

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I have been thinking about this question for some time now. If a blog is successful is there a cut off time when it isn’t? Will blogging just die out eventually? Do readers get tired of reading blogs and lose interest?

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There are many reasons people shut down the computer to blogging. Time and responsibilities foremost. But..

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The answer to all three questions one day, will be YES I am sure. Maybe not in the near future, but like all technology, things change.

Things that once gave you a thrill just might not one day. Reading or authoring or both? Sometimes it is those commenting that can’t keep from being snippy. Yes, those that make nasty comments about featured gardens raised its ugly head again. Delete and heartily shake my head. When you do something out of love then get blogger burnout…

WoodsLike an impending rain cloud, ideas may just dry up overnight. Magic, mystery, fun and passion are just difficult to quantify or even feel sometimes. Blogging can consume your life and suck the fun right out of it. Then the meadow through the trees just looks like a weed filled space, nothing poetic or inspiring about it.

DragonflySome wander (if only in the mind), wondering life’s importance like they will solve life’s mysteries. So much happens in the world even the small things overwhelm. You would think with so much of interest to offer, there would always be things worth exploring. And there is.

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So what makes the fun get sucked out of blogging? Not the ideas.

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Ideas… it is not the lack of having something to say, just feeling like saying it. Every now and then I go out enjoying the exploration, photographing things new to me and question sharing. People are listening, they are, but something inside says why bother. Keep the experience for me, for my happiness.

Bee-on-MilkweedSo what do you think, how long will you be blogging? Tomorrow, I tell you goals that I set long ago and see if I met them all. See if I will continue to blog.

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About Garden Walk Garden Talk

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: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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86 Responses to When Will You Stop Blogging?

  1. mary lou mcguire says:

    the insect photos are wonderful ..is there a way to find out your camera settings, lens used etc?

  2. Nurse Kelly says:

    Hi Donna – I’m glad you brought up the point about blogging consuming people. I think balance is so important with this stuff, and from what I know about you, you seem to do well with that. Your blog is one that contributes something meaningful to people as well, unlike blogs that are used solely for self-expression – which I think is really healthy, but personally, I am more drawn long-term to a blog like yours where I can learn something. Of course staying or leaving is up to you, but I hope you will be around for a long time yet to come. 🙂

    • I agree with Nurse Kelly, Donna. Your blog has so much to offer on landscapes, photography, insects, birds, plants, wildflowers, etc. I hope you continue to blog. I’ve learned so much from your wealth of knowledge and willingness to share with others. You are a great inspiration to me.
      I can understand how you must feel though because I can see from writing my own blog post that at times it can be a chore, but at the same time you want to keep it fresh and want your readers to take away some insights on various subjects.
      As for negative comments on featured gardens, then I would have to consider removing that comment from posts as well,

      • Nurse Kelly says:

        Hi Sue! Thank you for sharing your comment with me. I agree with you completely. I would miss Donna terribly and the special way she shares her knowledge and beautiful photography with us.

      • Thanks Sue. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. I do find keeping it fresh is becoming somewhat troubling. Too much of “been there, done that” in blogging and taking photos of the same subjects. I often talk on garden differently than most because in my job I am exposed to a lot more than the majority of others. My background too has had education different than many garden bloggers. Because of my design work, I get a bit bored with the gardening. I never thought that would happen since I get to many gardens all year. Gardening is a bit like work I find. The small group that keeps “critiquing the garden photos” has really started to bug me. One home was compared to a funeral parlor, and another asked if “a sorcerer lived there?” Can you imagine being those home owners and reading these comments? These bloggers are all ones you would know too. They are not spam and the comments were not made in jest.

        • You’re welcome Nurse Kelly.
          Donna, it is unfortunate that some garden bloggers feel the need to critique in statements and comparisons like that. It is so unprofessional. We might have to start adding a line to the end of our garden blogs before the comment section that says something to the effect of “Negative comments in regards to personal gardens sites posted on this page will be removed”. That way they will know in advance that if a negative comment is posted it will be removed.
          I know when you comment on some pages the comments are reviewed by the author before they are posted. I don’t have that option, but I can remove them.

    • Thank you. A long while back I made the promise to myself blogging would not consume me. I work at the computer daily, and it is in my life many hours a day, so blogging was never a real chore. I automatize many actions on the images and I am fast doing it. I am just a bit disillusioned as of late. It is more on how blogging works than anything.

      • Nurse Kelly says:

        You’re not alone in feeling that way. I think that all the time. For me, the writing is really important. I work, so my time is limited, but I love writing posts that are an extension on what I do in my job every day – about topics I hear about all the time with my clients. I also go off track and just self – express on my blog as well, which is really therapeutic for me. I have goals to write books and the blog is good practice for that as well. But everyone is a writer these days, so I’m thankful I don’t have to think of it as a way to make a living. I also think everyone needs to feel that social connection with other people. I’ve met people online who are so talented and interesting that it just blows me away. Like you! You don’t see that side of people when you meet them in the real world until or unless you get to know them much better. I am always pressed for time with a job and a family as well, so having friends at my finger tips online as well as the aspect of meeting new people all over the world at any time is just an amazing concept to me. I really, deeply appreciate the talent I see out there! It reaffirms that the world has so many incredible people in it! Might sound corny, but it just invigorates me. My husband also travels with his job quite frequently, and my kids are both teenagers, so I do have more time in my life now to devote to writing than I did before. Time is always the struggle for me, because blogging requires a lot of it. I also have a hard time keeping people in a virtual world when I want to meet them in person. That’s a whole ‘nother complex area though. Sorry for the long comment, just reaching out to you with my perspective which I hope helps you in some way. I sense you are re-examining some things in your life, but I could be wrong. In any case, I guess only you can decide what you want to give and take from blogging, but I hope you will stick around.

        • Thanks Kelly for the long comment. Your kind of blog is helpful to people. That is important. The self-expression is helpful to you also. I feel like that sometimes, but I am already in too many directions on this blog. I do like writing about my experiences though which can get a bit long and tedious for a reader. I like travel for meeting people too. When I went to Eastern Europe, I could not believe how friendly and warm I found the people in those countries. I wanted to move! You mentioned having the virtual world and meeting people in the real world as separate. But I met some really great friends through blogging. I now travel with some of them. You might do that as well. With a family I know that would be hard, but for me it was not since there are no kids.I used to be pressed for time with my job working sometimes seven days a week in architecture. Then I became self-employed. It changed everything, where I even have greater contact with clients. I love getting to know people.

          • Nurse Kelly says:

            That’s great that those friends are in your real world! I’m self-employed for the most part, too, and you’re right, that makes a huge difference. I envy you with the amount of travel you get to do. Sounds like you have an exciting life, and your achievements are really impressive!

  3. taehreh says:

    I’m a very inconsistent blogger. Sometimes many months between posts, and months go by where I don’t visit anyone else either. Life gets in the way. But I don’t think I’ll ever stop blogging. I have to blab my thoughts somewhere!

    • Being inconsistent can be a real problem for readers I found. It affects Google ratings which is how blogs are found often. I learned that last year when I was away from blogging for two months due to health reasons. I decided if I break this year, I will have scheduled auto-loading posts. I always did that when on vacation. Just have new posts in the hopper, or if on an extended hiatus like when ill, reuse old posts. Likely most readers are not going to have read them. GWGT has 868 posts so I have a lot to pick from.

  4. I paint so that’s what I blog about – I have felt and resisted posting JUST to have something up.
    I imagine that blogs fade away but I hope to keep going because it’s about putting the paintings out there.
    I enjoy your fabulous nature photos (National Geographic quality) and your garden posts.
    Snarky comments and complaints about featured gardens should be blocked 😉
    What’s with people anyway ?

  5. aussiebirder says:

    Really excellent macro, Donna! , love the different creatures and their colours

  6. David says:

    I hope you’ll continue with “… just feeling like saying it.” I’m not a gardener but I do like to dabble so it’s nice to see and read something from someone who knows what she is doing. I’ve only been blogging a little over a year with just 75 post. Since day one, with each post, I wonder if that will be my last one, if there is any point going to the trouble creating the posts with so few visitors. The answer is always yes (sometimes at the last moment) because I have to share. I can’t just keep all those images on a hard drive where no one sees them. Also I love to write about the photos. For me that is the most fun.

    • Thank you David. I know you prefer the wildlife photos and experiences, but I do get bombarded with gardens come summer, either from my job or from gardens open to the public. Lots of travel in my life too. Some of it just for photos, other travel with friends. In all the years of being married, my husband never traveled. He is a homebody, so I was lucky to have many friends live in beautiful places I can visit. My one friend I visited yesterday, decided we are going to Germany in November. How cool is that? It was a shock and surprise since I visited for another reason, not to plan an excursion. I do have friends that are spontaneous. Being a planner myself, that took some getting used too, but I just go with the flow now…

    • Keep it up David, but you need to post your link so I can see your blog.

  7. Donnamae says:

    I’m a fairly new reader…I hope you will continue to blog. Although I am a gardener…I can always use more inspiration. Your pics are gorgeous! 😉

    • Thank you for reading GWGT. One thing on my blog, there is a lot of garden inspiration in the gardens I show. I visit many gardens a year, so I always have garden inspiration. Thank you too for liking the pics.

  8. This stuff is hard work. A couple weeks ago I really started to wonder why I was working this hard. And then I got quite a few responses to a post and realized that I just enjoy many of the people that I’ve me. The trick for me is not to let this consume me. I try and balance but am not always successful. Baby steps? I enjoy your blog and just love your photos.

    • Thank you. Your beautiful and informative blog would be a lot of work. Whenever I do a post on recipes, it taxing. All the prep work – then photos, cooking – then photos, plating up the food – then photos, any finally serving – then photos. By the time I eat my meal, it is cold and needs microwaving. I LOVE cooking and I LOVE experimenting with food. If I said I have a hobby, it is cooking. I wish I could post more on what I create. When younger, I worked in a family restaurant on weekends, so I did learn a lot on cooking, especially spicing the food. It is why I grow so many herbs. I used to grow vegetables, but now just get them fresh at the local farmers since I now know so many. I made a sauce for chicken breasts to die for the other day. I pureed roasted red peppers in the spicy sauce and boy was it decadent. I should have wrote that one down.

      • Thank you so much! I really appreciated your comment. With your photo skills, I would expect your food to get up and walk off the plate! I think I am going to grow less veggies too. I love the herbs and when I try them for the winter I have so many people asking for over abundance. That sauce sounds so good! I did make a red pepper pesto and that would have been yummy the way you made yours.

  9. alesiablogs says:

    I think blogging is so interesting and comes in so many styles that it is hard for me to think it will ever die anytime soon. I am encouraged by your blog/s because you share from a wealth of insight and information that I am sure your most devout readers appreciate. Thx for all you do.

  10. Alisha says:

    I don’t know whether I get tired reading others blog or not but I can say without hesitation that I never get tired or loose interest reading your blog for sure, Your blog is not only blog it is like certain course on gardening ( nature, birds) and I feel I am taking that course, it is informative, interesting, deep and so much to learn, the photographs you post brings tears in my eyes, they are full of life..well it is better to take a break for certain time from blogging rather than stop blogging …decision is yours Donna and we will have to appreciate your decision…:)

    • Nice to hear!!! I am glad to connect with readers where they like visiting. I took a break last year for two months (illness) and lost a huge group of readers. It took a long time for them to return. Breaks are great, but keeping something up on the blog is what I should have done. If I break this September or October, I will auto-load older posts. I learned my lesson, or should I say Google taught me the lesson. Not only did readers disappear for a bit, Google dropped GWGT in searches. I wrote on that too. Blogging Blunder

  11. Your blog is always well-worth the read Donna, and your photos are a joy to view, so do carry on. As for me, I write two blogs, one solely for my photography, which is I suppose a pure indulgence, and the other a more serious attempt at Christian concerns. I simply plod along with both of them as and when I feel I’ve got something to say. I’ve long since stopped fretting over lack of comments and feedback, the blogging world is still something of a mystery to me! As for those who have been nasty or rude to you Donna, they simply do it for a reaction from you and your readers – it gives them some sort of satisfaction in their otherwise empty lives …. So ignore them and take heart from all your supporters instead. The Bible tells us: whatsoever things are lovely,true, of good report etc … think on these things. God bless, Eileen

    • Thank you, Eileen. I enjoy reading your Christian posts. I need a bit more religion in my life and enjoy seeing how other interpret the Word. Lack of comments is not the issue, so I agree with you on not fretting over them. It is just the nasty ones that are the problem. I don’t answer them, just delete them. I never really call them out either, but I am sure they know I am kvetching on them. I think kvetching is a cool word even though I am not Jewish. I love the way they express themselves. I do try to.”whatsoever things are lovely,true, of good report”. I will keep that in mind more often. Thanks.

  12. Mike Powell says:

    You raise a lot of thought-provoking questions, Donna, that apply to so many of us. There is no question that blogging can take up a huge amount of time and can become compulsive. In my case, there was a time when I did not want to miss a single day–I’ve now reached a stage where I don’t worry if I miss days. Is it worth it? Each of us has to answer that question individually, and as you suggest in your text, the answer can change over time. I am inspired by your lovely images and hope to see you continue.

    • Thanks Mike. You know what I find the most time consuming? It is what I love the most, photographing. Finding subjects takes time, especially wildlife. Some days is great, other days I find is shut out. I have a FB photographer friend that travels far every day to get photos. I cannot imagine the miles he logs in a weeks time, every week. He is not even a professional. All for FB too. Seems like a waste to me. At least a blog gives more expression, experience and wealth of images.

  13. Great photographs and food for thought. You have a great blog!

  14. These are amazing photos! I’m different from you and many other bloggers because I’m trying to make a living with my blog/online magazine. I do worry that technology will change in some way that I won’t be able to do this– perhaps the Internet won’t be open and free. Other than that, I hope I can continue this and when I’m no longer able to, I hope I can find someone who can carry it on.

    • I am so glad I don’t write for a living. Too much time out of the day I am guessing. I have been reading on the net and like you, if providers make changes, they will not be good. It is like how FB works. If you want to access all the web info you want, you will pay for it. If I want to see your magazine for instance, they may not decide to “send” it to me and I would have to pay. FB does that now. You don’t get every posting from all your friends. I will never pay for better coverage either. Blogging will cease then, so will visiting other blogs.

  15. Julie says:

    I’m noticing a tendency for blogging to consume me. I definitely am feeling a need to discipline myself as my blogging community grows and it requires more of my time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Your photos are spectacular.

    • Thank you. You hit the nail on the head, maintaining a blogging community. I never went down that deep well. I visit those that visit here – period. I had to do that or it would be an all day job. Too many memes and visiting all those blogs that really don’t care for what they are viewing, only for the return view. The very successful blogs usually don’t reply to comments, don’t visit other blogs (or visit limited blogs), and don’t always author every post. My blog is finally getting closer to their numbers (which I mention tomorrow in the post), but I will never feel like I can’t visit those that visit here. I don’t reply to all post comments but try to do it more often than not. I never troll for new readers either like some bloggers do in those memes. I am far more authentic than that.

      • Julie says:

        Thank you for your authenticity. It is refreshing. I think about posting and letting it go at that– maybe someday.

      • Julie says:

        Thank you for helping me come to terms with some growing pains I’ve been experiencing. You have really helped me with some much needed self evaluation.

  16. rose says:

    All I can say, Donna, is that I hope you don’t quit blogging for a long, long time! Your photos are stunning, and I’ve learned so much from your blog, especially about birds. Blogging does take time, however, and after awhile, you begin to think all that time could be better spent elsewhere–like actually working in my garden:) I’ve noticed many bloggers are spending more time on Facebook rather than posting on their blogs, and while I enjoy that, too, a Facebook post just isn’t the same. I enjoy the more detailed look at gardens that blogs provide and getting to know the author more than little snippets on Facebook can provide. Sometimes, though, as you say, you need to put down the camera and just live in the moment!

    • Thanks much, Rose. I never really sacrificed my time. I always do what I feel. Blogging just reports it sometimes, so than makes it seem “seamless” in nature. Yes, bloggers are on FB quite a bit. I try to join in there, but can never get in the groove on that social format. You are right, not enough can be said and the photos are often sub-standard. My blog is on FB, me not so much. I do think those on FB know each other better though. They post like 20 times a day. That is what I can’t do. I am glad you are a reader here. I enjoy those that love to garden and have things to share. You have a wonderful garden.

  17. Diana Vaughan says:

    I hope you continue to blog for along time! I look forward to you emails. I do share your photos. There is 3 “I” and in a committee of one, the “I’s” have it, blogging will continue. 😀 All silliness aside, I really encourage you to keep on blogging! Your reader, DDiana Vaughan 

  18. Good question, of course, and the answer is–I really have no idea! In the near term, I’m more likely to take some time off than to quit altogether. Our summer season here is so beautiful and short, that I’m contemplating taking a month off next summer simply to enjoy the days. It’s not that I don’t enjoy blogging, but I’d rather be outside hiking, gardening, and playing when I have spare time than inside working on a computer. Even having windows on three sides of an office doesn’t compare with being out in nature free of technology for a break. But, I hope to blog for a long time. And I certainly hope you will, too!

    • I too have windows on three sides of my office. I am in it less often in summer though since work and fun takes me outside. Blogging long term may not one day be our choice. If the net changes, many bloggers will just stop. Paying for info will put an end to recreational blogging. I hate that may become a consideration.

  19. I sincerely hope you will continue blogging, Donna! Your blog ist such a marvel of beauty, information as well as entertainment (positive!). Your photographs are so impressive! What a pity if you would stop showing people the secrets of nature or would not telling about your experiences any longer …

    I cannot imagine that blogging in general will die out but after having posted on a blog for several years I think the majority of bloggers know this ambivalent feeling very well. It’s joy and burden to care for a blog and its readers.
    In retrospect, what do we notice? It’s passion and it’s work – and sometimes it’s a bit of frustration, too. Some negative experiences (unexpected reactions after a post, strange comments etc.), time consuming work (research and investigation, creating articles, taking photos, as well as visiting and reading other blogs, commenting and so on), kind of exhaustion or muscle tenseness every now and then – against the pleasure of having nteresting contacts, positive feedback, exchange with other people who share similar interests. But the more you are read, the more followers signed a subscription for your blog, the more you have to spend time on the web to revisit, to react …
    In general the writing for my blog itself means relaxation to me. It offers a balance of work and other duties. But there definitely are moments, too, when I switch off the laptop and don’t want to think of the blog for a while. When there is too much to do as a sideline. Or the frustrating moments! They are powerful. One remains silent.
    I always could determine that the wish to come back returned very fast. Just at the moment when I didn’t apply pressure to myself any longer and when positive feedback, unexpected friendly actions, may be simply a rest (or what ever) changed my “blogging mood”. ^^

    I hope so much to have the chance to read GWGT and Nature and Wildlife Pics still in the future …
    I’m rather curious what you will tell about the goals you once set yourself.

    Michèle

    • Oh thank you so much, Michèle. You said it so well. Sometimes it does become a burden, especially posts like this where I have so many comments to answer. You can probably tell that I do like answering comments. I ramble on and on, plus it is where I get to be much more forthcoming. Just a side note. I am glad you write really long posts. I am coming to Germany in November and I need to brush up on speaking German. I am so self conscious on speaking a foreign language. I will be in Southern Germany so will not be near your home on my trip, but know, I will be thinking of you.

  20. A.M.B. says:

    Oh I hope you’ll continue blogging! Of course, that’s my selfish perspective as one of your readers. As a fellow blogger, though, I understand that there just comes a time when we have to call it quits (at least temporarily). For me, that will happen when blogging isn’t fun anymore.

    • Ha! Exactly, when the fun fades, I quit too. That has been happening on occasion. I am always so energetic, joyful, gratified in my travels, experiences and blogging, but every now and then, things lose their appeal. I am not even sure why, it just happens. I know I am easily bored, so that plays into it quite often. I need to shift gears to find curiosity and inspiration. I did that with the wildlife. Plants made a big leap to wildlife. Wildlife made the giant leap to talking on photography. I do get back to gardens though. So far I have not visited one Garden Walk garden in my area this year, but have went over to Canada on a few occasions for their garden tours. I am coming to PA in mid August and will hit many of the big gardens in the region. Bartram’s is one I have not seen yet and will.

  21. Interesting post. I think there probably comes a point when blogging gets repetitive. If a blog has a certain theme then there’s only so much to post about before you start going over the same things again! Of course, maybe then is the time to begin blogging about something else! I think we all get weary at times during each year, or month for that matter, and think “Why am I doing this!!!???” I was consumed with blogging when I began, but not as much any more. I’ve cut down the number of posts per month because I know I need to do other things. Like housework… But I enjoy your blog and hope you keep it up for as long as it interests you and brings you joy. 🙂

    • Thank you. The trick to blogging is blogging on things in your life at the moment. I blog about everywhere I go. It is like seeing me on FB (which I don’t really participate) only longer versions of me and my activities. Working in the business has endless amounts of material, but that is the part of GWGT that makes me throw up my hands sometimes, especially after an exasperating day. TOO FREAKING MUCH EVERYDAY! Then I calm down and think what can I say in a post that does not reveal the project on which I am working. I got in trouble once with posting a client property and saying so. Now I just throw in snippets of designed properties and never mention it is a job. As an architect and since this is not a website but a blog, I have an ethical responsibility to the clients.

  22. Brian Comeau says:

    Glad to see you are going to continue… I’ll blog again at some point… 🙂

  23. Loretta says:

    A very valid question for sure. I often wonder what I’ve got myself into, but at the end of the day, I do believe it is satisfying. Your blog reaches a wider audience as you have so much to offer for all the gardeners out there. I faithfully read yours from top to bottom. I think I mentioned once that we downsized to an urban home, so going through and seeing your ideas and informative posts really helps. I have just written a post on my urban garden, and I’d like to mention your blog as well.

    • ” I often wonder what I’ve got myself into.” Me too sometimes. Thank you for being a faithful reader. I hope since I do much on small urban gardens, that you do find inspiration and things to consider. Have a great day, Loretta.

  24. Excellent article, Donna. I admire your blogs so much — you have much more diverse topics than me and your ideas never seem to ‘dry up.’ My blog is mainly about my own garden, so finding something new to write about becomes problematic. Fortunately, the garden changes yearly, and as it continues to evolve I usually find something fresh. I have no idea how long this will continue, but I am still passionate about gardening, showing people my garden, and reading and writing about gardening. I have a much smaller readership than you, but is to be expected when you compare our blogs. Your photography is an enormous draw, one I can not begin to emulate. I do hope you continue blogging for a long time, Donna, and visiting my blog … when you leave a positive comment I feel very honored! P. x

    • I knew that right from the beginning that only showing a home garden would be problematic. This year I have been showing my garden like I did last year, almost weekly. I always have design or plant points to make because the garden changes quite a bit from season to season, week to week. I will tire of that too, but for now I use it as a design ‘laboratory’ in a way. It keeps me from making too many comments on private gardens, yet I still do that when the opportunity presents itself. Like the gardens: Create Stellar Curb Appeal and Terraced In Toronto. They are posts that my garden just can’t express the design ideas.

  25. bittster says:

    What an interesting read, and the comments as well! You seem to be thinking things over and re-examining priorities… That will only work out for the better. I’m beginning to understand a few things you mentioned. My stats dropped significantly when I was busy with other things and didn’t blog, and I did get that feeling of been there done that when I was looking at certain flowers and garden areas. Luckily for me my blog is entirely personal and never will be a job, so i can easily still do what I want!
    If you do ever decide to stop, please leave a reason or give a ‘forwarding address’ so we know what happened or where you went. I hate building uses relationships and then bloggers just disappear!
    Have a great week

    • bittster says:

      I just saw another of your comments, Something to the effect that blogging isn’t much of a stretch for you since it’s just summing up what you do and feel anyway…. That sounds perfect to me! Many seem to consider it to be work or that they fall behind I need to get things done, I can imagine this would make it a chore and for me the only time it approaches this is when I feel like I’m ignoring blogs and bloggers whom I enjoy. I wouldn’t want to seem rude since I appreciate what they do and enjoy the interaction!
      Frank

      • Ha Frank, I have been replying to comments for over an hour now. It takes forever to put out my thoughts. Since you wrote two comments, I will jump ahead to you. As for if I stop, I would make a farewell post if I can. I often think about what happens if my health gives out and poof I am gone? Readers would be really wondering. Yes, I have health issues that could make me leave this planet, so I never know when that might be. Funny on the stats, tomorrow the scheduled post mentions my stats (and shows the one goal in numbers) and what they mean to me. You might be surprised. One thing about my job, I am always in gardens. So that is why I never run out of things to post. Gardens equal work and that bores me sometimes talking about it endlessly, to clients and to readers. It is why I veer off in so many directions to keep me interested. As for “ignoring blogs” – that can get time consuming all the visiting and for a blog that publishes as often as GWGT, I understand not all bloggers can visit every post. I try to keep posts interesting so viewers always have something to entice them. I had to limit visiting to those that comment here though. When GWGT had less viewers it was easy to blog hop. Now it is impossible. You have a good week too. I will be visiting your new post today. I did see it in the reader, just did not get to it yet. I was away this weekend and without the laptop.

  26. I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Though you are right about the increasing challenge of avoiding repetition. From where I sit, your blog continues to have new things to say and the photography is really exceptional.

    • Thank you. I find stuff to talk about, but like I mentioned in the post, sometimes I just don’t feel like writing it down, especially if it is something the generates a lot of discussion when I am so darn busy. Since I am slowing down my design business, I feel better about offering tips and ideas that clients would be paying for. It never seemed right to publish those things for free when I get paid to talk about them elsewhere. Now I stopped all talks I gave, and am not doing the estate gardens any longer. I can be a little more generous and creative in things I discuss.

  27. I love visiting your blog. Your photos are amazing. I can’t understand these trolls. They really can upset people. A form of cyber bullying. I know of another blogger who was targeted by trolls as well and she still posted but cut off all comments. A shame as her photos are amazing too. Maybe these trolls are just jealous that they can’t photograph as well as you.

  28. The blog does feel like a weight hanging around my neck sometimes when I have a lot of other things to do. However, there is always a huge backlog use of ideas waiting. I just don’t feel compelled to post very often.

    • I never feel like the blog weighs me down, but sometimes it is those comments. I think what is the point if people can’t be nice about a homeowner’s garden. Or just say nothing at all. They can say all they want about my garden and occasion some have, I don’t care. I know I can design so I don’t fear the trolls, but homeowners get their feelings hurt.

  29. Just have to comment on that gorgeous milkweed flower close-up…it surely makes me (and the bees) happy. 😉

  30. So much to think about and comment on, Donna. First, to get it out of the way, WTF! I am astonished that real bloggers, bloggers you apparently know, would trash either your photos (are they nuts?) or someone else’s garden (are they simply mean?). Trolls are all over the Internet, but this surprises me. I can’t imagine giving anything other than praise as feedback in a comment section unless I’m on a site where the poster has specifically asked for criticism. And then, it needs to be constructive criticism rather than snarkatude.
    Now on to the blogging subject. You already know, Donna, that I’ve just come back after 9 months away. I never was consistent, and I got too concerned about numbers and what other people were doing or what I imagined they expected. So it stopped being at all fun. Now I’ve got a schedule and I’m doing the photos and the writing I feel like. And I’m so happy to have returned on my own terms. I think my little foray into Microstock work shook me up enough to appreciate having the freedom blogging affords.
    You have so much to offer, but this should be the place where you can choose what it is you do offer. There are lots of levels of “personal.” Some people are comfortable with revealing or need to reveal more than most. But I think that anything someone shares, even factual information, is personal because they choose to share it for a reason.
    I know I learn so much from your photos, from your vision, from your ideas, and from the heart and intellect that come through every post. And, like so many here, I would miss your blog.
    Just as a final aside, I would love to read about what knocks you out in your own photos. I know that sometimes it’s just getting the shot, or other times it’s the composition as a whole, but there are times when a small detail, maybe something you weren’t conscious of at the time, appears on the computer screen and just knocks you out. I see so many things like that in your photos, but I’d love to read your reactions to your own “wow” moments. What made your jaw drop and why? OK, I’d better stop typing. 🙂

    • Thank you for all your nice compliments. I can’t imagine coming back after so long away. When I was sick last year for two months, coming back was hard. It was hard getting in the groove again, both with the camera and with the blog. The rhythm seemed lacking. Maybe I will do a post on what I like in my photographs one day. Going to camera clubs, I always hear what a photo composition should have. What I found, is the images are all rote and boring in many cases. There is no creativity, no sense of curiosity, wonder or even a hint of what is different. Sure not every image one takes has these qualities, in fact few do, but when showing your best images, they should not just be technically correct or follow the rules – they should be MUCH more. On the blog, I do have a habit of just clicking, especially garden shots. I rarely am in gardens when the lighting is good. I suppose I should be better at picking the better times to photograph, but that requires early mornings and when the sun is setting. Not out there then at those times. You gave me a lot to ponder.

  31. Sisah says:

    Auch wenn ich nicht regelmäßig in den Gartenblogs dieser Welt unterwegs bin, gehört deiner du denen, die ich fest in meinem Blogroll habe. Die Fotos auf deiner Seite sind wundervoll, und deine Beiträge sehr informativ, ich schätze deine sachkundigen Beschreibungen der Gärten und Natur an deinem Ende der Welt.
    Ich hoffe, du behältst einen langen Atem und löscht einfach alle Beiträge, die von den Ignoranten dieser Welt mit Kommentaren hier auftauchen.
    I hope that I can contribute with this comment to train your German 😉

    • Danke für Ihre netten Worte. Ich kann die Worte verstehen, aber ich habe Schwierigkeiten mit der Grammatik. Meine Sätze sind oft nicht richtig. Danke, dass ihr meinem Blog auf Ihrer Blogroll. Ich liebe die Natur und Fotografie. Ich möchte Deutschland zu sehen.

  32. I love your photos, they’ve inspired me to try a bit harder with my photography. I’m getting up my courage to do a photo post on my own blog. I mostly use my blog to practice writing and give me somewhere to ‘publish’. I have recently ventured onto other sites with short stories, so I could see a time where I might no longer need the blog or change it considerably. Right now, it’s just a bit of fun.

    • I am so glad to help others in some way. It is in my nature to be helpful. I hope you do get more comfortable doing photo posts. I like reading about how others approach their work and see what they produce. There Are loads of wonderful blog photographers. I like your stories. You write well and in an interesting manner. I can see you have fun blogging.

  33. debsgarden says:

    Donna, this is a post I wanted to read and went back to look for it, since you post several times a week, and I get around to blogging only about once a week! Your photos are fabulous, as always, and I especially am drawn to the dragonfly. I really had to limit my blogging time in order to keep a balance in the rest of my life. Nevertheless, it is important to me; I have met many real-life and virtual friends through blogging, and I have learned so much from other bloggers! About the time I think perhaps it is time to quit, I will meet someone who has recently discovered my blog and to whom it is all new, and that person seems genuinely excited about it. Or I will have some new opportunity open up because of my blogging. So I think…not yet.

  34. I am not sure I know when I might stop…I am coming up on 5 years and I still love sharing what I love and am learning about….for me it is not about the stats…a small blog that is more for me and my journal of what I am exploring in the garden….I sometimes get tired or even am a little uninspired but a few days later, I read something or see something in my garden and am inspired again….

  35. If you continue to produce photos like these, why would you want to stop? They are wonderful. Mine is more of a diary than a blog so, hopefully, it will continue in some form or another for some time.

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