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Meet Emily Stashower – Behnkes Guest Blogger from RootsInReality.com

Emily Stashower
Emily Stashower of www.rootsinreality.com

Bored, on a hot summer day, I decided to write a few blogs and add photographs of my garden. As an amateur gardener, photographer and mother (my twins are 23 and I’ve no clue what I’m doing . . . still), I thought it appropriate to find yet another area to pursue with amateur standing only. I read “Blogging for Dummies” – the title says it all – and started www.rootsinreality.com.

After the first two months, I had close to 700 readers and Google began advertising. My blog continues to flourish and, like my garden, is a work in progress. As I approach the first anniversary of www.rootsinreality.com, I’m proud to say I have over 5,000 subscribers and, on average, each month there are at least another 5,500 readers.

I gave up trying to figure out Google’s AdSense program (don’t need the stress, rules and punitive issues related to their protocols I can barely decode) and try to write about a variety of subjects using nature as the unifying theme. Nature is instructive, helps me reflect, provides a challenge and keeps me involved in diverse, important, topical themes.

I am an amateur writer, photographer, gardener, bird watcher . . . you name it. I hope that makes the blog (and me) approachable and easy to relate to. I’m learning and recently became a Nest Watcher for Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology because my garden seems to attract active nests. I hope the blog does a good job of describing more than pretty flowers and/or photographing the birds nesting in the bushes. Combining the art and science of biology (and related fields) the blog interprets life experiences.

Sometimes an empty nest is just a nest without a bird. Other times, it’s a middle aged suburban woman rediscovering interests and cultivating passions. I am flattered, and stunned, by the blog’s growth. Then again, I’m stunned my garden is flourishing. I could not possibly be more appreciative of your support, interest and assistance as I continue to “grow.”

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Your site looks like it would be fun. Gardening is a passion of mine, can’t have too many blogs to read about it. Been reading Digging Deep by Fran Sorin, fransorin.com is her site. A wonderful lady with a complete background for ALL things gardening.

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a comment, Annie. And you’re right – there are so many wonderful blogs, many with a unique “voice” and niche – that’s it’s hard to keep up. The best part is, of course, there is no need to religiously follow any particular blog. Whatever strikes your fancy at any given time, in my opinion, will add something to your thirst for nature blogs. I am very appreciative of your compliment and it means a great deal to me as it has always been my intent to simply write about nature in a personal, relatable fashion. I’m not an expert, I don’t know the names of many plants and if you were to visit my garden, I guarantee you – you would observe a whole lot of “mistakes.” But tat’s my point; there really are NO mistakes. Gardening is personal, observing nature’s sights and sounds is a pleasure in and of itself and if you relate to a blog because they can put into words something that resonates with your experiences? FABULOUS! I hope to hear from you again and thanks for following me! Most sincerely, Emily

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