Sunday, February 16, 2020

Great Backyard Bird Count, Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and Blog's Birthday

This week marks my blog's 12th birthday. My first posting, February 21, 2008, was on the Apple Mac platform. I switched to Blogger two years later because the links were more reliable. I have written more than 300 postings -- not as prolific as some garden bloggers, but I produce at least one, and sometimes as many as three posts, each month.

Northern Mockingbird on the Heated Waterdish

The years pass quickly. I've seen many blogs fall by the wayside since I started mine. I really miss some of the garden bloggers who gave it up. Others I have remained friends with since the beginning, like Jo at Through the Keyhole in England, and Diana at Elephant's Eye on False Bay in South Africa. Jo no longer blogs about gardening, but we still follow each other's postings. So why do I continue with my blogging efforts? There follows six reasons why I created a blog and still enjoy this activity.

I blog in order to ...

1. Record my Gardens' Progress

I find blogging invaluable to mark the progress of my gardens. When you click on the birthday posting that I wrote in 2016, HERE, you can see my gardens' beginnings and how they developed in their first eight years.  In this respect my blog serves as a diary and the word 'blog' used to mean a personal online diary. As described in an article in the Atlantic (2018), it is 'a conflation of two words: Web and log. Blog contains in its four letters a concise and accurate self-description -- a log of thoughts and writing posted publicly on the World Wide Web. In the monosyllabic vernacular of the Internet, Web log soon became the word blog.' Over the years, however, my blog has moved beyond recording events in a diary.

Male Northern Cardinal

2. Reflect and Share My Learning

The aforementioned article makes the interesting observation  that when you read a blog you feel like you are moving backward in time as you move forward in pages -- unlike reading a book. In this way, my blog helps me to reflect deeper as I document the information I want to refer back to. I've made lots of gardening mistakes over the years: the wrong plant in the wrong place is a prime example. Likewise,  I know I've done some things right. In my annual 'Year in Review' postings I reflect upon what worked and what didn't, hoping to avoid repeating errors. I hope others learn from my good and bad experiences.  

Female Northern Cardinal

3. Help Other Gardeners

I qualified as a PennState master gardener at about the same time I created this blog. Since then I have conducted numerous workshops and given many garden talks to garden clubs and other home gardeners. In my blog I share some of those teachings. Some of my favorite postings in this regard is my series on creating miniature gardens. In one entry in the series I feature my grandson, Jonathan, who designed and created five miniature gardens when he was just eight years old. Jonathan continues to maintain them. You may read about it HERE. Read last year's update near the end of the posting HERE. Jon and I hope to inspire and help others to create something similar.

Blue Jay

4. Improve my Writing

As some of you know, for five years now I have written a monthly article for the Pocono Record newspaper. Click HERE for this month's article in which I answer questions about planning the vegetable garden. I love to write; my blog gives me practice that improves my garden writing. And it is great that my posts don't have to be perfect, because blogging (unlike writing newspaper articles) is a work in progress.

Amaryllis 'Yellow Star'

5. Battle Forgetfulness

As I age, I am becoming horrible at remembering things. Writing my blog helps me keep track of my gardening information.  Of course, it's not only the writings but also the photographs that jog my memory.

Amaryllis 'Ferrari'

6. Put a Little Fun in My Day

There are so many troublesome happenings in this world right now that we all need pleasurable diversions in our lives. Blogging, like gardening, is fun. Writing a post or reading someone else's blog makes my day every time.

The best reason to keep blogging, however, is the wonderful like-minded friends I have made all over the world. Because you keep reading and commenting, I keep blogging.

Thank you dear friends!

Pamela x

Snowdrop Galanthus nivalis

This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count so I illustrated this posting with some of the birds that visited my garden the last few days. Birds in winter are like flowers in summer to me, so I am linking with Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day that occurs on the 15th of every month. Thank you, dear Carol. Not many flowers today, but snowdrops are blooming in my garden and colorful amaryllis in my dining room.  P.x

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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I look forward to visiting your blog in return.


  1. Magnificent pictures of your beautiful birds today.
    Happy 12th blogaversary!
    Today I was thinking about how many bloggers have slipped away to other interests. Fewer of us around now.

    Huge advantage of a blog, is that you can search for that missing memory - I often do that.

    1. I often search in past postings (and comments) for missing memories, too, Diana .

  2. It’s always special seeing your garden Pam and I love each visit. Your photographs of the birds and blooms are beautiful and I have to agree that blogging has a special place in my heart as well and I am thankful for all the friendships I have made, including yourself! Congratulations on your 12th blog anniversary and I look forward to the next 12 years of gardening adventures!

    1. I value your friendship, too, Lee. I'm looking forward to the next 12 years, but I wonder what they will bring as I will be a nonagenarian.

  3. You hit the trifecta! Congratulations on all three counts.

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    1. When there are no blooms outside, I need to force bulbs to bloom inside. Amaryllis is my favorite.

  5. Your post is so inspiring for Gardening lovers around the world.Incredible shots of birds .Happy bloggers blooms day.

  6. Congratulations!
    I use my blog as a journal to record what I have been doing - away from work. I enjoy reading other blogs too and love this blogging community. Long may it continue.
    You have some wonderful garden visitors! I particularly like the bluejay and the cardinal.
    Best wishes

    1. We do have some wonderful birds here, Ellie. But I miss the sweet English robin in my homeland where you live.

  7. Congratulations on reaching such a huge milestone. It's been a pleasure to read your posts over the years and I agree that the very best reason for blogging is the friends we make. Such wonderful photo's, yet again, in this post of your beautiful garden birds, they must be a joy to watch.

    1. Thanks, Jo. I really appreciate our friendship over the years through blogging.

  8. Congratulations! Thanks for keeping at it, I always look forward to seeing the newest posts and being able to share in the changing seasons of your garden. Beautiful photos from the bird count, I love the snow flurry shots!

    1. Many thanks, Frank. I look forward to seeing your garden, too.

  9. Amazing Pam! Your perspective in blogging will help you go the extra mile dear. Recording the memory, yes; just for the fun if it, always! Your determination, perseverance and dedication is marked on the 12th birthday of your blog and more to count. Happy writing! Cheers, and never stop writing, your sharing of experiences is in an elusive style.