Today’s Blogging 101 assignment asked us to go deeper into the blogosphere by looking for new blogs that might be of interest. The instructors said this was important:
- Because getting a clearer sense of the breadth and global reach of the blogging community will make your own blogging stronger and richer.
- Because the more you put yourself out there, the easier it is for others to find you.
So I began my journey into the blogosphere!
I’ve known there was an Ashram Diary blog on Amma’s Amritapuri website for some time but I don’t look at it very often. (Amma is my spiritual teacher and I spend time with her every year in the U.S. and in India). I decided going to that blog would be a good way to start today’s assignment. I’m sure glad I did. There are so many interesting stories and lots of pictures there!
Next, I decided to Google “Garden blogs.” The first blog that came up was a post which showed a ranked listing of the top fifty garden blogs (as chosen by Blogrank). I clicked on the top rated blog and found a post about a garden in a sealed bottle that hasn’t been watered in the last 40 years! I decided I wanted to learn more about that bottle garden so I clicked on yet another link.
I discovered that David Latimer, who is now 80, put compost in the bottle in 1960 and then used a wire to carefully lower in a spiderwort seeding. Next, he added a pint of water to the mix. He then sealed the bottle and placed it in a sunny corner. The last time he added water to the bottle was in 1972. Amazing! I want to do that!
By now my journey had taken me to four different blogs! Time to leave the computer for awhile.
I’m back. This time, I decided to pick a blog from the top 50 list which had a name that intrigued me. I picked “This Garden is Illegal”. That blog had a post called What Kind of Flower are You Quiz. I, of course, took the quiz and it said I am a Snapdragon. The message that went with the designation was “Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh.” Hmmmm….. I’ve been known to do that!
Having snapdragon as “my flower” seemed even more significant because it was just last week that I planted four snapdragon plants in the top part of my spiral garden. Also, it was only two weeks ago that I decided to use a picture of last year’s spiral garden as my blog header. Look at the top of the page and you can see it!
Well, that is the end of my journey into the blogosphere for today. I hope you are having a good time as you take your day’s journey.