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New Gardening Blogs

By David Marsden @anxiousgardener

I remember – only too well – the reaction when I launched my blog six years ago.  I was a bit bored, fancied a challenge and on a whim decided I’d try writing a blog.  I spent long hours reading other gardening blogs; learning how to use Blogger (my first blogging platform); picking a look; a style; a name; taking photos; and eventually, nervously published my first post.  And the reaction?  Icy silence.  Which was fair enough – it wasn’t very good.  But what if that first post had been achingly brilliant?  All that hard work and no-one even saw it, let alone read it.

I now know, of course, how tough it is to be noticed on the world-wide, inter-web net even if your first post is a revelatory marvel (unlike mine).  And the number of gardening blogs has ballooned since I started on 4th February 2011, making it more difficult still: a burgeoning clamour of voices; each striving to be heard above the din; each offering up their unique writing style, muddy-fingered insight and all craving your attention.  Unsurprising then, that when a newbie adds their revelatory marvellousness to the cacophony … no-one notices.

Whilst weeding in my new garden the other day, I had an idea.  Would it be helpful to highlight new gardening blogs here on The Anxious Gardener?  My readership isn’t as big as some, but I imagine any extra visitors would be a boost to authors gloomily studying their viewing stats during those early, lonely, pin-drop days.

As far as I know there is no list of new blogs, no directory of fresh talent and I need help snuffling them out – which is where you come in.  Have you started a gardening blog in the last twelve months or so?  Or have you discovered a great new blog?  If so and you think it warrants a plug, please leave a comment and blog-link in the ‘Any thoughts‘ box below or, if you prefer, drop me a line using my Contact page.

This idea might just die a quiet, lonesome death but let’s give it a roll anyway.  (Queue drifts of leaves swirling silently across an empty car park, beneath a sheet-steel sky – Ed).

I hope my idea isn’t patronising.  I just thought that free publicity for an author who has recently taken the plunge and deserves to be heard by a wider audience would benefit both them and readers too.

Over to you, and in the meantime I’ll do some snuffling of my own.


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