This Hydrangea Blog: 2013 Review

WordPress is an easy and fun place to write. Believe me, I don’t always enjoy writing, but I have to do it to promote my business. And I like to do it to share my interests. I’ve written at Google, but had a much harder time navigating that blog.
AT the end of the year WP does a review of each blog over the past year. Although this is a relatively new blog for me, and I neglected it for many months, I did get a bunch of interaction and readers. Thanks to all! I hope to continue updating this year more often. So check it out. It’s interesting and informative and here is the one they did for this HydranageasBlue site.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Is It Worth It To Blog?

tulips and forsythia
My Old Yard

Quite often when I check the blog stats I get a bit depressed. Gardening blogs are numerous. So many of us love to garden and share our backyard adventures, but at the same time gardeners know everything other gardeners know – don’t they? So why read someone elses blog when you already know it?

This blog began as a hydrangea themed blog. The only trouble is, I have hydrangeas growing in my yard for about 6 months and flowering for about three. So what to write about the rest of the time? Blogs need to be constantly updated to stay fresh. I spend time writing at Wizzley too, and I used to add pages to Squidoo, but I have just quit that site for reasons I won’t go into and get all ticked off again. But my main online focus is Zazzle. It’s where I earn my bread and butter. I get no money from blogging, other than the few potential customers who visit BlueHyd from this page.

I write this blog because I love to dig in the dirt. My grandfather did it, my father did it, and so do I. I have the chance to share what I love to do with others from around the world, even if visitor numbers are small. So it’s worth it to blog and share my photos as I plant and harvest. I hate to pay attention to stats. They seem to say “you are failing at this”, but I’ve decided I won’t pay attention to that. The outdoors is calling and I’m taking my camera (right after is stops raining).

Organizing Pictures of Hydrangeas

hydrangea cutting in vase
Rooting

With the busy gardening time of summer over I am not surprised that readers are scarce on my hydrangea blogs. My blog posts are pretty scarce too. I took a bunch of photos as my new hydrangeas grew and flowered over the summer and into fall, but they did not all get organized into the correct Picasa folders.

Today I came across a page at Wizzley, where I write also, and decided to add more photos to that page. As I was trying to do that I had to go search for the pictures I wanted. That, of course, led me to get all the pictures from summer organized for ease of use next season.

Organization is so important in all areas of life and many of us struggle with it. Once it’s looking good, I always feel so much better.
Oh, this photo is one of the cuttings I rooted in a vase and then planted out in the yard this Fall. I’ll have to wait until Spring to see if they will grow. My fingers are crossed, and if they do, I’ll have two (I think) new little hydrangea shrubs.

Those who garden always have something new to look forward to!