I have been gardening for over 20 years now and writing about it ever since. In the early years, I logged my progress and observances on paper while sitting at an old desk that I placed in the garden. I always enjoyed sitting at that old Garden Desk after a hard days work of planting, weeding or harvesting.
When I got my first computer in 1995, I started transferring some of my information to word documents. Then when I learned about blogging in the Spring of 2006 I started a blog at Homestead Blogger called "Out in the Garden". I no longer visited my Garden Desk and wrote inside after gardening instead.
By June of that year, I missed my Garden Desk so I started a new blog with Blogger appropriately called "GardenDesk". A year later I moved it to Typepad and all was well.
Last year, I wanted it to become a website so I moved back to blogger and made the typepad portion into "pages", information about garden topics. The idea was to keep "blogging" about my garden with blogger, and create page material on Typepad. Eventually I wanted to learn how to turn the Typepad portion into a real hosted website, apart from a blogging platform.
That was a big mistake because I spent so much time trying to figure out how to make a website that I forgot to blog. I found out that I am NOT a website designer or programmer. I am however a gardener and I really do like to write about my gardening experiences. Last year I only wrote a few entries even though the garden year went really well. There was so much to write about, I just didn't write. I didn't write on Blogger, or Typepad or even on paper at an actual garden desk. I lost my way and my title didn't even make sense anymore.
So I had to ask myself, "where do I go from here?" Do I give up blogging or writing on the computer and go back to writing with pen and paper while present in the garden? That does have some charm but what I got from blogging that I didn't get from my personal garden desk was interacting with other garden bloggers. I really loved commenting on and reading comments from others doing the same things that I was doing. I developed many virtual friends and it made garden blogging fun. Trying to create a gardening website was not fun.
So I once again am coming back to Typepad and "blogging" about my actual gardening experiences. I have nothing against Blogger. It's just that Typepad works better for me. I apologize if any of you have stayed with me over these changes and have had to change links or rss feeds. Unfortunately I am asking you to change one more time. Thanks for your patience. I am hopeful that 2011 will be a great gardening year and garden blogging year. I will mainly be writing about my personal gardening, but will mix in general "articles" as well. I would love to learn how to write for magazines someday so these are sortof practices for that.
I actually wrote a few "articles" when I was trying to develop the website which I want to re-post here as actual GardenDesk posts. The next few posts will be those. If you are one of the few people who actually saw them when they were "pages", please come back soon or subscribe to my feed because there will be new material very soon.
Thanks for letting me get focused with this post. I hope you all have a great 2011 and a great gardening season.
Thanks and God Bless!