I just explored two really neat additions to web gardening community. While I like the social things on a grand scale (like mybloglog, stumbleupon, etc) I find them a little intimidating- with a learning curve in order to use. These two communities were much more user friendly for me.
Green Thumb Bloggers
I have always relied on blogrolls to discover new blogs in my line of interest, but found personal lists frustrating due to the similar blogs that everyone subscribes to ( I do it it too, it seems) but finally there is someone who is shouldering the task of making a garden community blogroll, -thank you, Amy. It is simple, with a tiny lovely little graphic ( My page keeps getting bandwidth heavy and it is like the paper clutter in my home- always ahead of me and growing). what makes these topical blogrolls great are the quality of links and the focus on the like-mindedness of the blogs.
Amy of “Playing In The Dirt” has now provided the service of a garden blogroll. Presenting…ta…da! Green Thumb Bloggers Join it, I did, and I think you will be glad you did. It is automatic connection to each other. Looks like this:
I changed the code a bit to get it to do that neat hide/show trick, but the blogroll itself shows up with simplicity and elegance.
California Here I come
..but only as a blogger!
There is a cool ( as only California cool can make it) complete service website called “the Mulch“. colored in my favorite hues of green and blue, inside it holds some surprises (you have to join as a member to get to all the good stuff). I haven’t had time yet, but I really like the way it profiles the member- you can fill in and connect based on plants you grow, love, have trouble with, or are in your plant cemetery list. I’d be jealous if I could attempt to do what they do, but as it is, I just joined them despite the fact that California gardening is about as far as you can get for my Midwestern grittiness. However, I think this is a California site I can dig 😉