One of the things I enjoy most about reading gardening blogs is that they’re so *now*. I’d be the last one to criticize books and magazines, but there’s just something more fun about reading blog posts. They’ve not been smoothed and processed by a series of editors, copyeditors, fact-checkers, and designers; the writing may be a little rough or have a few typos, and the photos may be a little out of focus or color-skewed. But for the most part, they’re fresh, and they’re passionate: a reflection of whatever the writer currently finds fascinating about his or her garden, whether it’s a weather-related issue, a favorite plant or tool, a design challenge, or visiting wildlife.
Books and magazines do have one advantage: At least you have something to hold and keep and refer to later, and it’s still there even if you don’t have time to read it right away. With blogs, new posts come along so frequently that it’s way too easy to miss some gems. And gosh, with so many new blogs popping up every week on Blotanical, it’s astounding to think of how much we’re all missing.
So, here’s your chance to save some of those past posts from archive obscurity and tell us about your favorites from the last few months (let’s say from May 1 to September 1). You’re welcome to share links to other people’s posts, but what we’d really like to know is your favorites from your own blog. If you want to participate, feel free to leave a few links (anywhere from one to five would be fine) to posts that have special meaning for you, that you think were especially interesting, or that you just had a great time writing and want to share again. We won’t leave comments on individual responses below, but we will appreciate every one, and we’ll try to check them all out, even though it may take us all winter to catch up!
(By the way, the photo above? Well, I was hoping to come up with some clever analogy about blog achives being like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and sharing favorite old posts being twice as nice, but well, it just sounded corny. So, it’s here just because I think it’s neat, and it’s one of my own favorite memories from this summer.)