Gosh, a year since I started this blog has just passed and I almost completely missed the fact. I honestly have no idea where that time has run away to. Every year is flying by quicker than the last and my brain is getting more holey by the day. Perhaps t’was a bit short-sighted of me to name the blog GIRLAboutGarden. WomanAboutGarden doesn’t have quite the same ring to it though, does it? Sounds like an alert or a warning. Or LadyAboutGarden? Hmm, a bit highfalutin…
Well, I probably haven’t posted on here as often as I might but I have had a lot of fun setting the site up and writing the posts. The observant amongst you will have noticed that I’ve just given the blog a small re-vamp. I was getting bored so I thought I’d give it a new coat. A birthday treat for the site as it turns out!
Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading GirlAboutGarden this past year. Thanks so much to all you lovely people for your support.
Here are the things I have enjoyed the most about blogging & tweeting:
- Having a place of my own to write about whatever I please!
- Finding lots of interesting, inspirational and often beautiful blogs by other people. The ones I found my way to early on and which inspired me to start blogging are still some of my favourites (not all gardening blogs but they all blog very well): Midnight Brambling, Otter Farm, LibertyLondonGirl, A Cup of Jo. And some more recent discoveries: Needled, Charlotte’s Plot, Trish Deseine… These amongst many, many others.
- Connecting with lots of like-minded people on Twitter. Who knew there was such a huge gardening community on there!
- Being up-to-date with trends, opinion, news…, again via Twitter. I get so much info, news and links from there. It’s like a personalised newsfeed on anything and everything you can think of. It’s been great for killing time on car and train journeys and in waiting rooms. *Health warning* – beware of addiction, slightly un-hinged people and minor irritations and annoyances. The good has outweighed the bad though.
- Blogging has also given me an outlet for my photography and a kick to pursue and progress it further. I went on a short photo course this summer to get to know my DSLR better – long overdue as I had forgotten my SLR knowledge from my GCSE Art days (when I used to develop my own 35mm black and white film in the dark room). I’ve really enjoyed taking far too many photos this past year and hopefully improving my technique with it.
- Most exciting of all has been getting my regular column writing for Homes & Gardens magazine – I have no doubt that writing my blog helped me to get that gig, so I would say to anyone thinking of starting one: DO IT! It’s fun, it’s free, you meet new people, plus you get to choose what you write and what it looks like. And who knows where it might lead you. What have you got to lose?
(The photo above was taken in the Museum Gardens in York)