I sat down last night to write out a blog post based on a presentation I gave as a participant in a panel discussion on garden blogging at the recent Garden Writers Association symposium in Indianapolis. Dee of Red Dirt Ramblings and Mary Ann of Gardens of the Wild West were on the panel with me and we titled our discussion “Down the Garden Blogging Path”.
We wanted to tell others how garden blogging led to other opportunities in garden writing.
And so I began…
I was once a solitary gardener…
I quickly decided that the entire story, which took about 20 minutes to tell, was too long for a blog post so I’ll provide the ending.
I was once a solitary gardener.
In between the beginning and the ending, I told my story. To sum it up, garden blogging was and is like opening up the gate to your private garden, your private world, and letting others come in. Once inside, they are encouraging and supportive and will prod you right along. They’ll even pull you out of your private garden world into a bigger, broader world of other gardeners who share the same passion and interest you share in gardening and plants, and writing about them.
My list of who to thank is long and grows longer every week, but includes Dee and Mary Ann, and Jo Ellen, the Hoosier Gardener, plus Pam of Digging and Jean of Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. And I can’t forget Robin Chotzinoff who once wrote that I was a garden blogging rock star. They all gave me the courage to open the gate to my garden and see what was on the other side of it, even as I shared what was on my side of it.
So that’s my story… I was once a solitary gardener who wanted to write and share about her garden and now thanks to starting a garden blog, I’m in a supportive community of garden writers. Since I started my garden blog, I’ve had the opportunity to write articles for magazines and I write a weekly newspaper column on gardening. Plus, as of this past week, I’ve participated in a panel discussion at the Garden Writers Association symposium with two of my favorite friends and fellow garden writers.
I wonder what will happen next?