You need not waste a post to say you haven't posted in a month. We noticed. We want to see what bloomed while you were gone, or what you were doing.
The first two lines in your blog should be the best part. Why? That's what we see in the posts lists. Invite us to come see what you're blogging about in the first enticing sentences.
Never Complain, Never Explain.
I saw that on a needlepoint pillow once. The quote has been attributed to Henry Ford II, Kathryn Hepburn, Sir Francis Bacon and Benjamin Disraeli. William H. Seward said it to the father of President William H. Taft, who took it for his own motto.
Mention the pretty blossoms you're showing, not the ugly trash cans in the background. If it was impossible to move the camera slightly to the right, or crop the offending unpleasantness, then ignore it. Talk about your flowers. Everybody has a garden hose. Don't mention yours unless it is truly unusual and you are inviting discussion of it.
Plant a tree or a structure near you, in the sight line between you and an offending neighbor. Leave a path behind shrubs for pets to run along the fence. As the shrubs grow they won't be distorted on one side by the fence. They'll hide the pet run and everybody can be happy.
Apologies are not necessary for less than professional pictures in the blog of an amateur. Show the plants and hardscape of which you are proud, offering discussion. If pics are truly out of focus, consider whether to do them over or omit.
Please do explain when pictures you are posting are not your own. Give credit where due.
Make lemonade of your lemons. Instead of ranting about your cracked patio, explore possibilities with other bloggers for making it an asset. See Tara's example about Knowing Who to Ask.
Camellia 'Mathotiana' December 28, 2009
When I included a question about advertisements in one of my polls, nobody said they bought from commercial ads in a blog. One person of 69 responding said they bought from an Etsy shop. So why do so many blogs feature advertisements ahead of the best parts of the garden blogs we're visiting? Who is buying? Could they find those ads nearer the bottom? If you came to my house would I meet you at the door with a request to buy candy from the softball team, or would I tell you my best news first?
Happy New Year!