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Jan 19, 2016 5:54 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Beekeeper Wild Plant Hunter Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Bee Lover Cottage Gardener Herbs
Hummingbirder Butterflies Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Organic Gardener Vegetable Grower
I received a thumbs up the other day for a rather small insignificant blog (no pictures not much to say ) and I have to say it surprised me and also made me feel good I just wondered how others felt I'm all ears!

Question One :
Do you blog because you want others to read it or mostly just a place to express thoughts etc..?

Question Two :
Would you like to see a thumb when I read your blog just to show some one is out there reading?

Jan 19, 2016 7:20 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Cut Flowers Composter Keeper of Poultry Keeps Goats Avid Green Pages Reviewer
Hi Cinda,

First, I haven't read your blog. I keep a blog for my own person records of planting, harvesting. Other people read it and give me thumbs up and sometimes a comment, which is nice. I was surprised others were reading. But the main reason is for my own record keeping.

It makes no difference to me if people give a thumbs up showing they read it or not really. To me, a thumbs up would be for if it was interesting to them I guess.

Now, off to read your blog... Hilarious!
Jan 19, 2016 8:25 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
When I worked as a disc jockey alone in a tiny room I often wondered it there was anyone actually out there listening to my voice and enjoying the music I selected. I enjoyed the time in that small room; it was a volunteer job done for no money...but it would have been nice to get some feedback to know I was doing a good job.

Blogging is like that. We are gonna write these blogs no matter what, just because we enjoy doing it, but yes, it is a joy to receive a thumbs up. Hurray! From notes I have received I think I have maybe 3 or 4 followers who regularly read updates to my blog pages. *Blush* For most of my blog entries I have disabled the comments but if folks send questions/comments in a Tree-mail I enjoy the conversations that follow.

I'm not actively blogging like some folks with daily or weekly entries, Wordless Wednesdays and all that (although the idea of doing a Throwback Thursday is appealing). During chats on threads if more than one person happens to ask me about some activity/event/link/recipe, etc. it is easier to share the information by taking time to write a blog, complete with photos and any links needed, and send a short message to each person who expressed an interest in some of the silly or strange things that happen in my otherwise boring life. One of my blogs started out as an article for ATP but when it turned into a distaster/failure I just made it into a blog. Live and learn. One blog is the story of my dog Jack...he may not be with me very long so I am keeping track of the highlights of his little life. For me it's a bit easier to be alone typing and crying at 2 in the morning than to be constantly commiserating on the chat threads.

Out on the internet there are tons of serious bloggers. The one I follow faithfully is the Hayefield: A Pennsylvania Plant Geek's Garden by Nan Ondra. She can "see" beauty and potential in mid-winter, the photos lift my spirits and a great big plus is that she saves and shares seeds from many of the plants featured in her blogs. What a thrill to watch the plants grow, take shape, mature and go to seed and know that we have the opportunity to grow the same plant in our own gardens. Nan's blog does not have a "thumbs up" feature but there is a 5-star rating system. I add a nice comment and send her some seeds.

Cinda/gardengus, your type of blog is easy to read and easy on the eyes - lots of good photos. Thank You! Thumbs up Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Jan 19, 2016 8:44 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Cinda, I started writing blogs here when my teenage grandnieces and their babies moved in with me. It was tough sledding and I used the blogs to express my frustration and annoyance and such, and to connect what was happening IN the house to how I got, well, therapy, for lack of a better descriptor, by working OUT in the yard. I felt a whole lot better for writing them (kept me from slapping some girls upside the head!), I enjoyed the thumbs and comments from folks who read them, and I think I even helped a person or two feel better about their own situation, at least temporarily. The chitlins are all gone, now, and I haven't written one since April of last year. However, I started a garden thread about that time which serves much the same function for discharging stress, but also engages others in daily conversation. Worked so well, I made one for this year, too.

Short version: 1) Blogs here can be anything the writer wants and span a wide spectrum. 2) I look forward to thumbs--means you like what I wrote. Smiling
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Jan 19, 2016 10:56 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
Hi Cinda -- Like Arlene, my blog is mostly a collection of information for my own purposes; I have something like 20 sections in it (such as Garlic, Tomatoes, Seed Starting, etc.), and keep adding to those when I find some new info that I want to remember. Mine rarely looks like it's been updated, so I don't think too many people look at it; but every now and then I see a question that someone has asked and I can pull out the answer from my blog -- that makes me happy! Smiling
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer
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Jan 20, 2016 6:25 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Beekeeper Wild Plant Hunter Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Bee Lover Cottage Gardener Herbs
Hummingbirder Butterflies Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Organic Gardener Vegetable Grower
Thank s for the replies
Looks like their are as many reasons to blog as there are bloggers Thumbs up
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