Changing the way my blog is navigated, hopefully for the better, is something that I will always tinker with. For those that are familiar with my blog from the early days you will know that the colours and photos are not all that I have changed! You will also know that the montages on my blog posts are not the first ones I used. I do have fun with this but ultimately I try my best to make it easy for any visitor to find what is of interest to them by adding links to pages within and outside my blog.
www.shirlsgardenwatch.co.uk has been around since February 2007 but I suspect many of my current visitors will not know this address even exists as when I leave comments it is my blog address that is shown. Over the last couple of nights I have been working on a revamp to bring it up to date with my purple colour scheme but more importantly with quick links direct to particular subjects within my blog. I intend changing some photos as the year goes on with a current flower for the month from bloom day posts and a current photo from my camera Nestbox.
Why have a homepage? Well, when I began writing this blog and approached non blogging sites to exchange links with me I felt the term ‘Blog’ put people off associating it with a personal rambling. I purposely keep personal stuff out as my blog is not about me but my garden, others and my observations.
My visitors were coming from around the world but few came from the UK. I also began emailing a column in a local newspaper, the Craigie column in the Courier, about some of the activity in my garden so its readers could look out for it too. I felt the blog links were a bit cumbersome so I set up a new address and homepage to make it easy for people reading the column to remember. Of course then I had fun with some images!
Finally, I was also absolutely delighted to come across another blog Largo Baywatch recently that had posted photos of a snowdrops visit at Cambo showing natural drifts as I saw at Dalmeny. I recognised the location of this blog. I left a comment on the snowdrop posting and checked back to see if I had a reply and was absolutely thrilled with it. It read:
Thanks Shirl,Glad you liked the photos. It was really the mention of your blog in the Craigie column in the Courier that inspired me to start blogging. I had always thought that blogs were rather dull things until I looked at yours, and thought I would like to try it. It has certainly made me open my eyes and look more closely at the natural world on my doorstep.
Well Largo Observer, you really made my night! I would like to wish you many more visitors to your blog and I hope that you and all my visitors, old and new enjoy using my new homepage. Now I’m off to answer some of my own comments as I have been a bit preoccupied with the homepage. Happy Blogging to all!!
The photo above is the image from my homepage on March 5th 2008 and has links from all photos.