How to Start a Garden Blog
So you have a lot to say, and think others would be interested in hearing it? A blog may be the perfect outlet for you. Here are seven practical tips, from my experience, for starting a successful garden blog.
1. Write about something you have firsthand knowledge of: this will make it easy to maintain interest and find content to write about. In my case, I am an urban planner, and so I write about the intersection of agriculture and urban planning. It gives me endless stories to write about and connects me to interesting people in my field.
2. Choose your host wisely: there are many free services, from Blogger to Wordpress that offer a range of customizable options and ease of use. If you’re just dipping your toe into the world of blogging, a free site may suffice. If you have visions of developing a multimedia empire, you may want to invest in a hosting service where you can install your own software, such as Wordpress or Joomla. This will give you greater control and flexibility. Once you choose one platform, it can be a pain to switch to another.
3. Use your resources: There are many great resources about blogging, and even some that specifically target garden bloggers. Be sure to check out gardenbloggers.com and blotanical.com which are two websites that cater to this niche.
4. Share it on social media sites: Social media has gone from being something extra to something critical to getting your message out. Sign up for Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Stumbleupon, and LinkedIn. Beyond simply pushing your links out, develop relationships with other garden bloggers. Integrate your social media sites with your blog, so that as new posts go up, your network is immediately notified.
5. Take great photos: great photos will draw people in to your site and keep them reading.
Garden blogging can be a fun and rewarding experience. Take a point of view, make it your own, and welcome to a great community of interesting people!