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WP_20140807_017I’ve just returned from a week away in coastal Suffolk and had only limited access to the internet. While there I must have passed 100,000 hits on Old School Garden

I’m not sure (even remotely) how many pebbles there are in this picture of Orford Ness and its lighthouse, but I’d guess a few more than that. Still, nice to have logged the first 100k views since I started the blog back in December 2012.

Thanks to all my blog followers, both dedicated and casual!

Old School Gardener

IMG_4966A year ago today I posted my first article on Old School Garden. Thank you to all those people who have taken the trouble to read that and the more than 1000 articles or other posts I’ve made since then. And a special thanks to those who are regular followers of Old School Garden.

So what have I achieved and what has been the experience?

First the ‘metrics’ for the last year:

  • 1018 posts or articles published (including re-blogs)

  • Over 40,000 ‘hits’ or ‘views’ from visitors in 129 countries with the highest dally total views being 429. The average daily views is now standing at well over 100.

  • Over 5,000 posts were shared by visitors via Facebook, Twitter and a wide range of other platforms

  • 1,653 ‘followers’ alerted to new posts via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and directly via email (the latter has grown in the year to 285 followers)

  • Over 900 comments, including 300 of my own in reply to others, with recycling projects and ‘Picposts’ generating most comments

  • Not surprisingly the United Kingdom, USA, Canada and Australia account for over 80% of the hits (the U.K. alone 46%)

  • Overall, the most viewed posts seem to be about recycling projects (interest in projects in the garden using pallets and other recycled materials seem to be really popular, as have posts dealing with design, gardening techniques and play)

  • 21% of the views have been generated by internet searches using a wide range of search terms, and a further 10% via Twitter and 6% each via Facebook and Pinterest

I’m not sure if these figures are impressive or not – my guess is that they’re probably ‘middling’ when compared to the full range of numbers achieved by different blogs.

Pallet furniture and other garden recycling projects seem to have been especially popular this last year
Pallet furniture and other garden recycling projects seem to have been especially popular this last year

What has been my blogging experience?

I’m pleased at the overall numbers of people who have viewed the blog and that many have ‘liked’ or commented on the articles and other material I’ve shared.

I’ve been surprised at how some posts have generated enormous interest, with views ‘spiking’ on recycling posts in particular.

I’m pleased that my efforts to inform about gardening using a range of post types seem to have been well received; examples include ‘GQT’; ‘A-Z of Perennials; ‘Plantax’; monthly ‘top tips’ and various series on design topics, climate change, school gardening etc.

I guess I’m feeling that I haven’t yet ‘found my audience’ with the blog and that I seem to have generated only a small (but nonetheless very valued) community of followers who are stimulated enough to contribute to developing ideas and knowledge via comments.This may be in part due to my eagerness to produce a relatively large number of posts only a few of which have been structured and styled to generate debate.

So, I think I need to revise my blogging strategy. Perhaps I need a combination of meatier items, more of which are focused on developing ideas and seeking opinions, but retaining a mix of other types of post (but maybe reducing the frequency of these?). To ‘educate, inform and entertain’ (a la BBC) but with ‘stimulate’ perhaps added?!

What do you think? I’d love to hear from you!

Old School Gardener

Old School Garden has been nominated for ‘Blog of the Year’ by Brigid Jackson. Being awarded this by a  fellow blogger is a great honour. In turn I’d like to nominate the following blogs for the award (in no particular order), as i’ve very much enjoyed their posts over the year:

Chas Spain Design


Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Love Outdoor Play

Greenbench Ramblings

My Botanical Garden

Ariston Organic

Outdoor Nation

Congratulations to all of them!

Old School Gardener

All about the Blog

110_1053_2As it’s been about three months since I began ‘Old School Garden’, I think it’s right to take stock of the blog and see where I go from here. And I want you to play a central part in this!

First, thanks for reading this – and even bigger thanks if you’re one of the regular followers I‘ve gathered up from different media channels! I value your interest and support and I want to make sure that in the future I deliver the sort of material that you want to see. Hence this stock take of where Old School Garden has come in the last three months and where it should go in the future.

So, what’s happened so far?

  • ‘Old School Garden’ has featured over 300 articles, pictures or other items on a wide range of topics from updates on my own gardening activities, plant information, gardening techniques, historic gardens, play landscapes, garden design as well as more ‘off the wall’ items that I hope you’ve found amusing. I’ve also reblogged some posts from fellow bloggers where I feel these deserve a wider airing
  • There are nearly 1000 followers over different media channels – with people from every continent
  • There have been over 7000 ‘hits’ or views of posts
  • There have been some very helpful and interesting comments
  • The most popular topics appear to be the pictures I’ve posted (‘PicPosts’ – I’ve posted  a lot of these in comparison to other things) as well as wildlife and nature, gardening techniques, grow your own, children (and play), design and great gardens

IMG_5000Now it’s  your turn! I need your comments or suggestions on how I proceed from here:

  • What is your overall view of ‘Old School Garden’?
  • What sorts of articles or items do you particularly like?
  • Are there any areas of gardening/ landscape/play that you’d like to see feature more often?
  • Would you like more advice or information on particular gardening techniques or topics?
  • Would you like and use opportunities to ask about and receive specific advice on your garden (e.g. design, growing your own food)?

I’d be really grateful if you would leave your comments on the above points (or any others that are important to you) on this post – or alternatively you can email me directly on nbold@btinternet.com

Thanks again for your interest and support!

Old School Gardener

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