I thought I’d take a moment to join my hawk friend in looking back at my first year of blogging. I wrote my first entry on January 15, 2011, and today’s entry is number 178. The sound you hear is me patting myself on my back for sticking with this project. I find that I enjoy writing entries today as much — or even more — as I did when I began.
As I suspected when I started, I seem to have no trouble finding topics to write about. My Piedmont yard of five acres provides much potential writing material, especially when you add the time factor. Wonder Spouse and I will have been working this prime piece of Piedmont for 22 years come next April.
My blogging software — WordPress — provides me with all sorts of nifty statistics, and it seems appropriate to share a few of those with you on this last day of 2011.
As of this writing, my blog has been viewed 11,700 times. That’s hardly epic, but I consider it respectable for a regional gardening blog that has never been advertised beyond word of mouth.
Twelve blog pages have accrued over 100 views. In order, they are:
- Home page
- An evergreen blooming shrub for shade: Florida Anise-tree
- Green and Gold for Woodland Sunshine
- Perfumed Light: Magnolia ‘Butterflies‘
- Magnificent Magnolia
- Sweet Alyssum and Other Companions
- Greenbrier, Catbrier — a Smilax by any name
- Fuchsia Punch for Early Spring Piedmont Landscapes
- Early Summer Brings Chinese Dogwood Blooms
- Elegant Elizabeth: Another Magnolia to Love
- Fringe Tree: Another Piedmont Spring Show-off
Honorable mentions (almost 100 views) go to:
And a surprising hit that has accumulated 77 views is How many four-leaf clovers do you see?
On this final day of 2011, I’d like to thank all who have visited my blog and shared some of my gardening obsessions. And a special thanks to those who have taken the time to leave comments. They reassure me that I am, in fact, not simply babbling to myself.
The new year, of course, brings new gardening opportunities, and I’ll be writing about those soon. After complaining about the mild December my region has experienced, I think the weather gods finally heard me. In a day or so, subnormal temperatures are predicted to arrive and linger for at least a week. I’m hoping for icy hard ground to chill bulbs and kill bugs.
Prolonged cold will also give me an excuse to pamper my aging joints with a break from yard clean-up duties. Instead, I’ll be perusing seed catalogs and drafting planting diagrams. Any seasoned gardener will tell you that such tasks are just as important as the manual labor. Gardening is, after all, very much about dreams.
To all I wish you a dream-filled, productive Piedmont Gardening New Year!