Put on your straw hat. Slide on those gloves. Strap on the knee pads. Then get dirty! And when you are done, wash up then get to typing. If you have never thought about writing a blog about planting your tomatoes or weeding your flower beds, you should consider doing so.
There are many benefits to combining your gardening experiences with writing about your gardening experiences, but first you will need to create an interesting and relevant domain name that will draw in readers. Then design your website and get to writing!
Humans are social creatures. As such, we like to communicate with each other (some more insistently than others). Sharing your knowledge of plants and landscaping, and your experiences with each, can be just as enjoyable as the actual work you do in the garden.
From my experience as a former Garden Center Manager, I can tell you that gardeners LOVE to talk about their projects, the flowers and shrubs they have used in their beds, the best pest control products, and the stuff they use in their soil; they get excited when teaching new gardeners about the subject or just hearing about what their fellow garden enthusiasts are doing.
Blogging about your blooms can not only give you that same feeling of joy and excitement, but you can also reach a wider audience; an audience who wants to hear from you.
Blogging your gardening tips can teach others a thing or two about a thing or two. But what about you? Do you know everything there is to know about every plant in existence? There is always something new to learn; some new variety of perennial, some new technique to implement into your flower beds.
No one knows everything. Reaching out to others through a blog can also allow others to respond back to you. Some will comment their appreciation, which feels good knowing you have helped someone in their landscaping journey, and some will share back with a similar situation and how they made it work for their garden.
This different perspective can be a refreshing change from what you know and help you look at your own garden; it can open your mind and give you some new ideas to implement in your own garden. Then you can blog about the changes you have made.
As I mentioned, no one knows everything. You have your knowledge, built up over time from various sources, and you have the experiences of others to pull from through your blog. But there are other sources that you can gain new knowledge from. They are called books.
Yes, the Internet is full of gardening blogs and websites devoted to helping you plant your hydrangeas (one of my favorite shrubs) and pansies (not my favorite flower by any means), but good old-fashioned words on paper contain an enormous amount of information.
Books can be more in-depth into the subject, whether it’s how to keep newly-planted trees irrigated or some interesting ways to use old household items as planters. They have the time and space that the Internet cannot provide. There are more than 30,000 gardening books available on Amazon to choose from.
As you read, you may discover a topic that you want to know more about. Research it, try it out, then blog it; or research it, blog about what you have learned, try it out, then share again how it went. Either way, you will enjoy reading and learning as much as you will writing about it.
Sharing your experiences online can lead you to discovering others with the same passion for petunias that you have (LOVE pink wave petunias!). Then you discover that those readers of your blog are part of a social group online.
Join them! Again, you will have more opportunity to share your experiences; you will acquire new knowledge from all of the people in that group. You will also be rewarded with something far more important. You will make new friends!
These can be people from halfway across the world who share your love of dirt and dahlias. It can be someone who lives on the other side of town; and if that is the case that can be someone who you will want to meet up with for tips or coffee (or both).
If there is one person in your community, chances are there are several more in your town. Chances are some of them are part of a local social group that you can join. Visiting the lawn and garden shows can be fun on your own, but how much more enjoyable can a trip be if you have friends along for the ride?
Having people with you as you tour the gardens of your city, people who are of liked-mind and interest, can be more exhilarating than going alone. Then, once your group activity is over, sit down and write about your shared experience.
Writing can be therapeutic. Typing your thoughts out in your own words can give you relief from the stresses of the day (I know it does for me). It can also provide you with a sense of pride and joy, and ownership (again, me!).
Just as blogging can be an activity with personal rewards along with the social benefits, it has been long known that gardening can be therapeutic as well. The sense of pride and ownership you get in creating the look and layout of your landscaping is the same as an author publishing his novel or a painter completing her art.
It is something you hope others can appreciate, but only you can truly treasure! Gardening allows you to ignore the outside world-the bills, the job, the broken down car-and focus on one calming activity with no schedule other than the sun setting or the rain falling (which even that does not stop a good gardener). Spread that sense of peace to a very stressed out world through your blog.
Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.
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