The Power of the Blog!

Deb’s Gardens was my first serious attempt at blogging and it still stands as a reminder to me of the power of blogging.   I started the blog in March, 2008 and posted (not daily, like the current Postaday2011 challenge) but on a regular basis for a year until March, 2009.   There is one additional post announcing my Garlic Giveaway which directs them to this blog to enter.   I used Deb’s Garden as a tool to direct traffic here.   The reason I left the blog intact is because of the work and information I put into that blog and it still boggles my mind when I see the hits it receives even after I stopped posting to it.   Some days (most days so far) it still receives more viewers than my current blog!   During that year of writing I found myself intrigued with taking good pictures to demonstrate what I was experiencing in the garden and beyond.   I felt the photos could help me explain and they certainly caught the attention of many folks.   I was invited to guest blog for a popular country magazine and all was well except for my traveling between homes.   This became an issue for me since there was no internet and I felt I couldn’t commit on a regular basis during the summer months.   They still show my blog among the many others they have since invited to blog for them.

Gardening was my main focus for the blog, but I also followed a family of Baby Swans and to date this post along with the photos receives by far the most views.   A woman asked for my permission to use these photos in a book she was creating …… I said “Sure”!   Not only do I find Swans to be such a beautiful creature, I was contemplating getting a pair for our lake down south.   After listening to comments from readers, I decided against this.   The interaction on the blog with readers helped me make a major decision.

So it became obvious to me that what we write and post on the internet is important.   We can share our own knowledge and write in our own genuine style and there will be others who find us interesting.   We all have something to share … even if it’s the simple act of taking pictures of birds.   Our daily lives and moments are something we should all be proud to share with the world…… our diary of life.   If we choose not to share, those moments will be lost and no one will know the beauty we have witnessed.  

I often wonder how many lives these Swan photos have touched and I can only hope that the beauty I was able to capture will encourage others to find and share the beauty in their own worlds.

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17 Responses

  1. You have the most beautiful pictures! You capture everything at just the right moment. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  3. These photos are so beautiful – I can see why the post which featured them still gets so many views!

  4. Thanks so much …you are very kind!

  5. thank you for sharing ….maybe I will give blogging another shot

  6. These are absolutely stunning photos… Why did your stop the other blog? The pictures there are priceless and it seems you had a thriving support team. Oh those swans warm my heart! 🙂
    Eliz

  7. Eliz – I spent most of that summer at our other home w/o internet so posting was not possible. Yes, the swans are priceless 🙂

  8. Great post Debbie! Beautiful pics of the swans!

  9. Great post! Love the baby swan pictures! They are adorable!

  10. The babies are precious! I have never seen baby swans…thanks for sharing them with us. Where was your garden? Do you still garden?

  11. I’ve never seen baby swans before either! Thanks for re-sharing these in the blog hop! Otherwise I might never have found your blog!

  12. Hello again!
    Thanks for linking up on the blog hop and see you soon. 🙂
    Have an abundant year!
    Elizabeth

  13. By the way,
    We did well. 20 brave souls signed on; do check them out and comment back… Awesome!
    Thanks again for linking up on the blog hop and see you soon. 🙂
    Have an abundant year!
    Elizabeth

  14. Love those photos. Gorgeous. Thanks.

  15. sorry to ruin the mood, but the book wan’t an english royal family cook book was it ? great shots and lovely piece – cheers alan

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