All About You, You, You -- not Me Me: 10 Reasons I Like Your Blogs
Janie tagged me for a 'things you don't know about me' meme. Ten things about me, besides that I am beautiful, wealthy and clever; mother of the Prettiest Baby in the World, live at the Center of the Universe, read music and play the piano, have grown tulips in the South, got our first computer in 1989, was quoted in a garden book, and once worked in a library?
Okay, so I feel beautiful on the inside and the Prettiest Baby in the World is now middle-aged and little children call him PawPaw. I'm wealthy in things that matter, like seeds, and I've come this far without serious mishap.
Enough about me, let's talk about You. Ten reasons I like Your Blog:
1. It's interesting without being cluttered. A new post is the first thing seen below the header photo. Everything is easy for us shortsighted folk to take in.
2. There is a lovely blogger who put her music widget at the top, turned OFF. She invites visitors to turn it ON if they like music while they look at her tablesettings and such. It makes her blog load much faster.
No scrambling here to find the music shutoff button when it's after midnight and a sudden blare of noise wakes the whole household.
3. Your pictures are crisp enough and you make new photos instead of apologizing for poor quality, else you just don't mention the slightly out of focus. You don't show ugly nor dead in the garden, unless you're showing a horticultural oddity.
4. Weather is the last thing you mention in your post instead of the first if it is unpleasant. If it is snowing, you post a pic so I can be glad it never snows here even though it does get cold. I do like to see the photos.
5. Sometimes you include pets or wildlife with your garden as background. It makes the garden come alive. It's hard to capture butterflies; some of you do it so well. Meems has some beautiful butterflies this week.
6. Leaving a comment on your blog is a joy. If you've had trouble with spam, you let an easy word widget do the screening, OR require approval, but not both. I'm happy when neither is necessary and I'm not sitting here clicking, typing a silly word that the letters aren't clear, clicking, typing, clicking, clicking again and then left with a feeling of inadequacy because I still have to be approved.
7. Every now and then you change the appearance of your blog and freshen the little quotes and things. You show the broad view of your garden as well as a close-up or three.
8. An occasional simple recipe using the veggies you've grown is fun to read. Midge and Moss mentioned artichokes in a recent post.
9. Your advice is from personal experience or documented sources. The Queen of Seaford mentions great references in an unobtrusive way.
10. There is information near the top of your sidebar that tells me where you are. Not the longitude and latitude, nor your street address, but a general sense of the part of the world, the area of the country where you are found. I'm forgetful; no matter how many times I visit, I may confuse you with someone else. There are just so many ways to say 'The Garden...
I click first to read the blog before I click for a pick. You get points for the first, I get points with the second click. I couldn't do it without You, You, You.
The Meme stops here. We need to talk Gardening. Love your blogs, All of You.