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Posted Jan 22 2009 6:27pm


When I started my blog back in February I wasn't concerned with how many visitors I would get or if I would make money by using Google Ads. I did it for the sheer pleasure of it, as do many of my fellow garden bloggers, and to pass the long cold winter days cooped up inside longing for Spring.

As a garden designer and garden center employee it frankly is not always easy to find time to blog in the Spring , Summer and Fall, our busiest season but somehow I did it on a consistent basis.

There are the seasoned garden pros that do it for pleasure and money, a good job if you can get it. Slowly over the months since I began blogging I came into contact with many others of the same interest and after hooking up with Garden Voices I found many more visitors stopped by my online garden.. We have numerous devoted and passionate garden bloggers that interact with each other , the community and yes, the world, and I have found that each have their own unique contribution.

My son the webmaster remarked several time that it was unusual to get as many hits as I did but I didn't think it was a lot and didn't pay much attention to it. The stories of bloggers getting millions of hits and raking in the dough always grabs the headlines. I mean, there was a Chicago suburban housewife and mother who wrote about dirty diapers and home life and became an overnight sensation.

In this morning's newspaper, a Tribune reporter talked with the folks at Technorati , the internet search engine. He asked how many of the 109.2 million blogs tracked get no hits in the course of a year ? The answer was shocking : just over 99 percent! The vast majority of blogs, he says, exist in a state of total or near-total obscurity.

So I want to thank GARDEN VOICES for saving us from total or near-total obscurity. I wonder if Technorati has visited the site and got a look at the blogroll ? Probably not because then he would've had to say " With the exception of the garden bloggers..... "

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