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Jul 1, 2015 12:33 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
June 30 was national "Social Media Day" in the USA. That might mean we have too much time on our hands, but it made me think.

Is ATP a social medium?

It's primarily about plants, but people discussing things are still people being social.

And I know that I check in here to chat with friends more often than check in with a burning garden question or to "share" some "ground-breaking insight" like "seedlings die if you totally drown them for days on end".

I think that must mean that I spend hours per day on social media!

It's like when I found a book I was looking for in a bookstore category I wasn't ready to admit that I would ever look in. I thought that series of novels was kind of like occult science fiction: Kelly Armstrong's Women of the OtherWorld series.

To my embarrassment, I learned that day that all those years I've been enjoying a series of novels from the "occult ROMANCE" section!

I've been enjoying ROMANCE NOVELS all these years??

*Blush*
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Jul 1, 2015 12:40 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Ukraine Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer Vermiculture The WITWIT Badge
I generally describe ATP as "a social media website dedicated to gardening."

I think "social media" basically means an interactive website that is more than just forums. We have a lot of extra features that make it interactive, like the database and the acorns and thumbs and all that. It's constantly changing and there's no stuff to see every time you load the homepage. All that interactivity between members is what makes it "social" as far as I can tell.
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Jul 1, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
>> All that interactivity between members is what makes it "social"

That's a good definition, once I get past "Wait, you mean that I like a social medium??"

P.S. I think you had a typo, "no" for "new".

This sounds more like the current state of your first garden website:

"... there's no stuff to see every time you load the homepage."
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Jul 1, 2015 12:44 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Region: Ukraine Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer Vermiculture The WITWIT Badge
Laughing. And yes, I meant "new". Smiling
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Jul 1, 2015 12:45 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
yes, Rick its social.
And official, by your own admission, that you need therapy Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jul 1, 2015 12:54 PM CST
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
But I thought ATP was his therapy Sticking tongue out
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
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Jul 1, 2015 1:38 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Rolling on the floor laughing
well if that's the case, I'm in the class too Green Grin!
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Jul 1, 2015 2:00 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener Houseplants
ATP is a social media site ... a place for all "Social Butterflies". We just need a fluttering butterfly emoticon. Green Grin!
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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Jul 1, 2015 2:31 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
I find ATP very social. In fact I simply can't do without it.
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Jul 1, 2015 2:56 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
I have no use for internet bullies!
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Rabbit Keeper Frugal Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level
Plant Identifier Region: Georgia Native Plants and Wildflowers Composter Garden Sages Bookworm
I think it is good that @RickCorey is getting paid by his boss to do all this deep thinking that results in long complicated posts. Think about it; if we had to pay Rick by the word, we could not afford his talent. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing

Don't retire Rick! Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
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Jul 1, 2015 3:13 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Frillylily said:yes, Rick its social.
And official, by your own admission, that you need therapy Rolling on the floor laughing


You and Ginger are both right. Greene, I'm glad you're happy.
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Jul 1, 2015 3:20 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener Houseplants
ATP is our therapy! Thumbs up
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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Jul 1, 2015 3:25 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Now I can't get that scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest out of my mind.

Enough inmates break out to fill a bus, so they steal an Asylum bus.

They want to rent a boat (? I think that was it?) but Jack knows no one would rent to a bunch of escaped mental inmates.

So he introduced the boat owner to "Doctor This" and "Professor That".

Boy, as SOON as you put "Doctor" in front of their names, their symptoms and tics started to look like eccentricities.

Yes, therapy. Need it, got it right here, never goin' anywhere else.
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Jul 1, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Ferns Daylilies Irises Cat Lover
Somehow, Rick, this particular 'social medium' brings out the best in all of us.
That makes a big difference between it and others. Smiling
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Jul 1, 2015 5:02 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
I have no use for internet bullies!
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Rabbit Keeper Frugal Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level
Plant Identifier Region: Georgia Native Plants and Wildflowers Composter Garden Sages Bookworm
That is because our ATP is not medium; it's above average and therefore much better for everyone.
You may all pat yourselves in the back now. Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
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Jul 1, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Sharon said:Somehow, Rick, this particular 'social medium' brings out the best in all of us.
That makes a big difference between it and others. Smiling


GOOD point!

Sometimes when I watch Dave and Trish's videos, like N-A-R-Raffle videos, I think "That's like a "Reality" TV show ... but with NICE PEOPLE! Can they DO that??!??"
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Jul 1, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
That actually made me Hilarious!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and do-er of many fun things.
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Jul 1, 2015 7:40 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Yes, Trish: NICE people!!

(You know who you are!)

Thumbs up Angel Hurray!
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Jul 1, 2015 10:11 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River Twp, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Bee Lover Butterflies Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer
C/F temp conversion
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Jul 2, 2015 1:34 PM CST
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
greene said:That is because our ATP is not medium; it's above average and therefore much better for everyone.
You may all pat yourselves in the back now. Thumbs up


Just wondering...is it OK if I pat myself ON the back instead of IN...my map flew out the window on the way home today Sticking tongue out Sticking tongue out Sticking tongue out
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.

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