Often when you buy garden tools like spades and hoes, they come with a blunt end or maybe it’s just the cheap ones I buy. Often I am so keen to get using them in the garden I just get stuck in and start trying to dig in the earth with them. But the proper thing I should have done is taken the time with a whetstone, file or grinder and put a cutting edge on them. That way they will go through the soil much easier. It would reduce the effort I put into to digging and may even make my tools last longer as so many solid heavy metal forks and spades have been bent or broken because they struggled to get through the soil.
Well to be honest, with my blogging I have been operating with blunt tools and using my standard gardening philosophy of “let’s give it a whirl” and the great kiwi-ism “sweet as, she’ll be right.” So I have been posting my stuff here for ages hoping for the best but not really minding in anyone actually read it or not. Recently I have come to realise this isn’t actually the most progressive way forward, especially when the writing and the gardening have long since evolved into more than a hobby.
When I am in the garden, I consider what I am doing all the time, and how to improve things for next time, and cast aside the things that didn’t work. When I am not in the garden I am reading and exploring the internet, you tube, Pinterest garden section – oh my goodness if you haven’t been there you should, books, magazines, blogs, flipboard. I am obsessed and my passion for gardening consumes my life. But with my blog I always do what I have always done and so while there has been some growth – if it was a plant in my garden it would only be there by grace, because I like it, but as far as bearing fruit, the yield isn’t really growing year on year and my codling moth ridden apple tree puts it to shame!
So I have done something about tending my online garden so it can grow and flourish. I have signed up for a course run by the wonderful people at WordPress and so for the next two weeks I will be sharpening my tools and doing a bit of homework, all the while getting my veggie garden planted out for the season. So I have taken a break from the digging to do my first assignment. This was to consider what I want from my blog and write out some goals and then share them with you my lovely readers, so I can be publically held accountable and you can also cheer me on. Any suggestions on how to help me achieve my goals and become a star student will be gratefully received.
So my goals are:
- Post at least twice a week for this year’s growing season – Mondays as a plan for the week – public accountability, and Fridays as more of a results based look what I did. Not limited by this – if something interesting happens then share too. And have a weekly feature of photos of the garden taken from the same vantage points so people will develop a familiarity with the garden and me.
The thing is I get busy and sometimes the days pass me by in a whirl, but the garden always grows so there is always something to share, and I want to share it with you.
My favourite quote “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” comes from Blaise Pascal (a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen, France. Wikipedia 1623 – 1662). I just sit down and write until it comes to its natural conclusion and if I have to edit to shorten it, I find it takes twice as long. But the writing the post and loading the photos can take some time, but I don’t mind. However a picture is said to tell a 1000 words so that could save me from writing a blot post and you get to watch my garden grow each week, which I’m sure you will enjoy – especially those in the soon to be frozen north – I can bring you some sunshine.
- Find and actively follow one new blog a week that I would inspire me to where I want to be and engage with the blog through comments.
I’m not very good at making comments, sometimes I’ll just let you know I’ve been with a like. But being busy also stops me from reading new blogs and even sometimes old favourites. I need to control my busy and do some connecting and reconnecting.
- Have a unified social media presence by the 30th Nov 2014
My social media is a mess. I don’t understand google+ and I don’t have a LinkedIn profile and I’ve never been to twitter, or Instagram. My website takes too much effort to keep current and needs tweaking. My You Tube and Facebook ‘about pages’ are different and out of date and at a glance I don’t think anyone would know they all belonged to the same person. My social media is in desperate need of a spring clean.
I love my garden and want to share it and at the same time encourage others to grow their own food – if I can do it, anyone can. I think it is an important life skill being lost to many people as the busyness of modern life gets in the way. So there you have it, change is afoot and things should start flourishing and thriving.
Come again soon – It may be gardening goodness or study stuff, either way – it will be great!
Sarah the Gardener : o )