Friday, 1 April 2011

To Blog or Not?

Met up with 'The Gardening Girls'* for a pub supper last night.  Amongst our various affectionate catch-ups - holidays taken, deaths in the garden, deaths out of the garden etc., we somehow got on to the subject of Blogging and then inevitably,Facebook.

So there we were, united in our love of all things gardening, but clearly divided in our feelings for 'internet' related matters.  So our conversation ranged, back and forth with all the pros and cons resulting in an exchange of friendship on facebook for four of us, with the hard-core 'two' remaining resolutely sans friends,  facebook or otherwise.

My feeble attempts to explain my recent baptism into blogging were met with a range of responses: incredulous, concerned,interested, admiring, speechless, worried etc.,  I may have persuaded one of the hard-core disbelievers that her considerable photographic skills could find an outlet via this medium but will probably have to work on that. I sensed a softening when I described 'Wordless Wednesday' to her.....

After a pretty full-on week have just sat down to check some of my favourite blogs and notice that there is a considerable slacking off of literary content at the moment with certain exceptions.   Harriet in Bere Island - do you ever sleep?  Diane from 'Elephant's Eye' I know you are in the southern hemisphere and have sun but......

This absence of new material could in fact bear out what my critical gardening friends suspect, that only the sad and lonely have time for such matters!  Personally I suspect that like me, they are rushed off their feet in a frenzy of spring activity making the sensible decision now the clocks have 'sprung forward' to avail themselves of more time in the garden. They can't all be preparing for Gardening Shows, famous or otherwise can they?

Views please?  That is, if you have time or inclination......



* A group of keen women gardeners, volunteers at my first garden and Apple Day Festivals whose friendship was cemented during a truly surprising gardening tour of South Africa.

7 Comments:

At 1 April 2011 at 20:23 , Blogger Elephant's Eye said...

Truly suprising? That calls for the next blog post ;~) Lots of Northern bloggers tend their blogs in winter, and return when the garden no longer calls. But I still have 38 posts waiting in my reader!

 
At 1 April 2011 at 21:09 , Blogger Elephant's Eye said...

For surfing, the best left hand break in SA Eland's Bay

 
At 1 April 2011 at 21:14 , Blogger b-a-g said...

I think I might be one of the sad and lonely that you refer to ... but I would like to point out that I write my posts in the evening (when everyone else I know is watching TV) so my blogging is not affected by seasons.

 
At 2 April 2011 at 21:10 , Blogger Chris said...

EE: experienced as ever. You are probably right. The long spring days of the northern hemisphere do induce a planting frenzy whereas the winter months encourage introspection...

B-a-g: With TV being as it is,the discerning gardener is well advised to hit the internet after a hard day in the garden. Nothing sad and lonely about that? Garden writing/journals are a well-established genre. I wonder if the Blogging format has just replaced that modus operandi?

 
At 3 April 2011 at 19:54 , Blogger HolleyGarden said...

How nice to have a face to face chat with gardening friends. I blog because, like b-a-g, I must be sad and lonely, plus I was told (by another blogger) that this was the easiest way to keep a garden journal of sorts, and I have no face-to-face friends that garden, so the interaction with other gardeners is nice. However, I don't 'do' facebook.

 
At 6 April 2011 at 22:47 , Blogger VP said...

Like b-a-g for me the blog has replaced the TV, so I blog in the evening. I have so many ideas I need to write about that I'd burst if I didn't set them down somewhere. I also find I'm more meticulous than if I just kept a garden diary or journal and it's also my way of working things out.

But the real world always takes priority, especially friends anf family :)

Thanks for your visit over at mine, lovely to see you!

 
At 10 April 2011 at 13:29 , Anonymous Chris said...

Hi Chris
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I agree, most of us bloggers are very time poor and have to grab what time we can to write a post. Still working on a time machine that I can build and use to cram everything in but it's a long way off yet.
Great blog!

 

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