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.”