On December 6 last year I launched the Commonweeder blog. I had only discovered garden blogs a short time before and I was fascinated by a subject that was commented on at length (I can’t remember which blog) about whether older experienced gardeners were too old to blog or read blogs – and thus help younger gardeners. Well, of course, I never feel too old to do anything I want to do, so I began a new life as the Commonweeder.
It has been a wonderful year. I can’t say I have been the swiftest student in the flower beds or at the computer desk, but I have learned a lot. My garden does show the benefits of what I have learned about plants and issues in the garden and general environment.
Along the way I have been instructed by the Garden Ranters, and even got to be a virtual colleague of Susan Harris for a while at Organic Gardener, an Australian website. Kathy Purdy at Cold Climate Gardening inspired by her example and with her blogging tips. I’ve participated in Bloom Day and Muse Day, First Snowfall of the Year and Blog Action Day. I’m so grateful to the bloggers who invent these days and provide a super way a making new friends.
I’ve checked out Blotanical and all the Mouse and Trowel winning blogs to see what I can learn about content and design. Of course, I can’t begin to talk about the pleasures I’ve had visiting and being visited by garden bloggers all over the world. It has been amazing and delightful.
By trial and error and conversation with techie people in my neighborhood, most especially my own personal tech support, my husband. I’ve learned how to take, adjust and import pictures, add links, run Google analytics (WOW!)
The photo above is our house seen from The Rose Walk, with the flowery mead I call a lawn, embroidered with dandelions, that most commonweed. It would persist, even if I tried to weed it out which is one of the reasons I like it. Beautiful and persevering. Not a bad model.
Now it is on to my second year of blogging pleasure. Thank you, all you readers.